Hiking Ancient Landscapes with Walking Holidays in England

Walking holidays in England prove that just a short trip off the beaten track can bring you closer to peace and nature than you could ever imagine. Whether you’re seeking respite out among the hills and mountains, or a meander through quaint seaside villages – set out walking in England and you’ll find a landscape of staggering contrasts.

It could be argued that no-one does heritage quite as well as the English, and through the setting up of National Parks and AONB’s (Areas of Outstanding National Beauty) the UK has earmarked some of the more wild and beautiful aspects of England for conservation. Most of our self-guided walking holidays in England cross paths with these protected areas, ensuring unspoiled scenery and an invigorating environment along the way.

Overview of England's Paths

England is generally flatter than Scotland, Wales and Ireland, but you will still find an enormous amount of variety - including vigorous hill walking, coastal walking and gentler walks through picturesque villages.

For a more challenging walk with dramatic scenery, head to the north of England. There you will find the most mountainous and least populated region of England, particularly as you near the Scottish border. The area is dominated by the Pennines, a mountain range running down the central spine of northern England. To the west is the scenically impressive Lake District, explored via the Cumbria Way, and to the east is the wild landscape of Northumbria. Head north towards the Scottish border, and you’ll find an area of enormous historical significance, best explored via the Hadrian’s Wall path.

Those looking for a more easy-going pace, with an abundance of beautiful country villages and rolling green hills - should head south. The Cotswolds offer particularly scenic walking, whilst other highlights include the South Downs, the Shropshire Hills and the Thames River. Here, you will also generally enjoy the best of the UK’s weather. Excellent coastal walking can be found across England. The Northumbria Coast offers a more windswept beauty with misty, deserted beaches, whilst a walk along the South West Coast will take you across white cliffs, green fields and sandy little coves. For a slightly different coastal experience, we also offer a number of island walks including the Isle of Man, the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey.

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Hadrian's Wall Path Walking Holiday - Celtic Trails

Hadrian's Wall Path

5 to 11 nights from £415

The Rumps, Polzeath, North Cornwall

South West Coast Path

4 to 7 nights from £355

South Downs Way Walking Holidays

South Downs Way

9 to 12 nights from £815

Thames Path Walking Holidays - Hampton Court

Thames Path

5 to 13 nights from £520

Our England Walking Holiday Locations

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Walking holidays Footpath through heather at Cleveland Way, North York Moors.
Cleveland Way

10 - 11 Nights | From: £785
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Image of Bridge near woods Nether Stowey
Coleridge Way

4 - 7 Nights | From: £350
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Walk the Cotswolds Round in autumn
Cotswold Round

5 - 7 Nights | From: £435
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The town of Winchcombe
Cotswold Way

6 - 11 Nights | From: £505
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View over Derwent Water
Cumbria Way

6 - 7 Nights | From: £520
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Lake Windermere
Dales Way

7 - 8 Nights | From: £575
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Walking routes Guernsey
Guernsey

5 Nights | From: £575
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Hadrian's Wall Path Walking Holiday - Celtic Trails
Hadrian’s Wall Path

5 - 11 Nights | From: £415
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Peel Castle, connected to the town by causeway
Isle of Man Coastal Path

7 - 10 Nights | From: £630
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Lighthouse at St Catherines Point, Isle of Wight Jeremy Cangialosi
Isle of Wight Coastal Path

6 - 8 Nights | From: £515
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Jersey island holidays Coastline Portelet Bay
Jersey Round Island

4 - 6 Nights | From: £435
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Jurassic Coast Walk with Durdle Door near West Wareham in England
Jurassic Coast

8 Nights | From: £685
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Norfolk Windmill
Norfolk Coast Path and Peddars Way

4 - 11 Nights | From: £370
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Bamburgh Castle
Northumberland Coast Path

5 - 7 Nights | From: £445
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Shropshire Hills singles walking holidays, View from Long mynd, Caer Caradoc in the distance
Shropshire Hills

2 - 4 Nights | From: £210
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South Downs Way Walking Holidays
South Downs Way

9 - 12 Nights | From: £815
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The Rumps, Polzeath, North Cornwall
South West Coast Path

4 - 7 Nights | From: £355
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Scott's View
St Cuthbert’s Way

7 - 8 Nights | From: £605
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Dunstanburgh Castle between the villages of Craster and Embleton
St Oswald’s Way

9 - 10 Nights | From: £760
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Thames Path Walking Holidays - Hampton Court
Thames Path

5 - 13 Nights | From: £520
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Walkers-on-the-Ridgeway
The Ridgeway

8 - 9 Nights | From: £695
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Yorkshire Wolds Way Marker
Yorkshire Wolds Way

7 Nights | From: £640
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Best Time for Walking Holidays in England

England is one of the milder parts of the UK and can be visited at any time of the year. However it is worth noting that it does experience high rainfall and cool temperatures, particularly in late autumn and winter. For this reason the best months to walk are between mid March and late October.

The further north you go, the colder and wetter the weather gets and consequently we would recommend that the north of England is best walked in the summer. In the south of England, temperatures stay warm and dry for much longer, making it an ideal destination for spring and autumn holidays.

The main school holiday period in the UK runs for 6 weeks from mid-July to the end of August, which can make certain touristy spots, particularly around the coast, quite busy. If you would like to travel in summer but avoid crowds, we would recommend travelling in June, early July or early September.

How to get to England

By Plane: The most popular city to fly into in England is London. London has 3 major airports - Heathrow , Gatwick and Stanstead. All of these airports have excellent connections, however it is worth noting that Stanstead is approximately 1 hour north-east of London and so the least convenient of all the London airports. London airports are particularly useful when visiting the south of England, however they do all have good transport links into central London and then onto every city within the UK.

If you are visiting northern England, you may prefer to choose a closer city to fly into. Manchester is the biggest airport in northern England and is convenient for visits to the Lake District and Yorkshire. Those visiting the most northern parts of England including Northumbria, will find Newcastle to be the most convenient.

By Ferry: Those visiting from Europe may wish to consider travelling to the UK by Ferry. All of the UK’s main ferry ports are located in the south of England. The busiest and quickest is Dover on the South East, which serves Calais. Also convenient is Portsmouth on the south coast (connections to Caen, Cherbourg, Le Havre, St Malo, Bilbao, Santander and the Channel Islands). Both have good bus and train connections into London and onto the rest of the UK.

Eurotunnel: The Eurotunnel connects to the UK in Folkestone on the south-east coast, close to Dover.

By Train: The UK can be reached by train from Paris, Brussels and Lille using the Eurostar. The Eurostar arrives in London, and from there you will find excellent train and bus connections onto the rest of England.

Getting Around

Celtic Trails will arrange necessary transfers for yourself and your luggage for the duration of the walk. This is included in the price of the holiday, but does not include transport to the start of the walk. We are very happy to arrange private transfer to the start of your walk at an additional cost. Alternatively, there are the following options:

Train: England has an excellent train network and it is the most popular form of public transport because it is comfortable, safe and fast. It is also suitable for travelling on with large pieces of luggage. The train network covers all cities and many towns, but it's worth getting a firmer idea of train timetables and routes in England prior to your visit. If you would like advice on which is the nearest train station to the start/end of your walk please get in touch. Train tickets can be bought on the National Rail website or at the train station on the day.

Coach: Coach travel is often one of the most affordable ways of making long journeys across the UK (but not necessarily the quickest). National Express and Megabus are the main long distance coach companies in the UK. Tickets for long distance coach journeys should always be bought in advance from the respective company website.

Bus: Buses (generally smaller than coaches) are used across the UK for shorter journeys. There are thousands of bus routes and you will find a service running through almost every town in England. Tickets are generally bought from the bus drive upon boarding the bus. Search here for bus timetables in England. If you are at all unsure, we are very happy to offer advice on bus routes.

Taxi: Travelling by taxi is not cheap but it is the most convenient way of travelling if you only have a small number of journeys to make. Taxi journeys should always be booked in advance unless you are in a major city. Celtic Trails are very happy to provide you with the numbers of local, trustworthy taxi companies and also to book a taxi if enough notice is given.

Car: If you plan to drive to the start of your walking holiday, please let us know as we can provide advice on where to leave your car whilst walking.

Travel Documents

Citizens of the EU are free to visit the UK for any length of time with just their passports, whilst those from the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand can visit for 6 months with just their passports. Those from other countries will need to look into Visas. Once you have arrived in England, you are free to cross the borders of Scotland and Wales without having your documents checked again.

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England, Great Britain or the United Kingdom (UK)?

The words England and Britain are often used interchangeably to mean the same place but this is incorrect. England is just one country in Great Britain - the other two are Scotland and Wales. You may also hear the term United Kingdom or ‘UK’ used, which also includes Northern Ireland. Together, they are one nation - the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Medical Cover

No vaccinations are required for entry into Britain. All citizens of the EU are entitled to free medical treatment under the National Health Service (NHS). If you are travelling from outside the EU you will receive free treatment from the Accident and Emergency Unit, but not if you are admitted into hospital or receive treatment at a general doctors surgery. Consequently health insurance is highly recommended.

Money

Most shops, hotels and restaurants accept all major debit and credit cards, although you should always carry a bit of cash on you, particularly when visiting more rural areas or when using small businesses. You will also find an ATM in most small towns.

Tipping is expected in most cafés and restaurants but not mandatory. Anything between 5% and 15%, depending on the quality of service is acceptable. It is not necessary to tip bar staff as you will usually order and collect your drinks at the bar.

Internet and Phone coverage

Whilst phone and internet coverage in England is generally good, you should be aware that in more rural areas you may have limited coverage. Bearing this in mind, it is best to plan ahead and not rely on having access to calls when you are out and about. In towns and villages there will generally be phone reception but not always mobile internet. It is increasingly common to have free wi-fi in cafes, hotels and B&Bs but not guaranteed.

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Cleveland Way

Cleveland Way is a holiday of 2 contrasting halves in 2 areas of stunning beauty; the North York Moors National Park and the Cleveland Heritage Coast.

  • 10 to 11 nights
  • 110 mls (view km)
  • Northern England
  • Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £785

Coleridge Way

Follow in the footsteps of Samuel Taylor Coleridge on a 51 mile walking route named after the famous poet.

  • 4 to 7 nights
  • 35 to 51 mls (view km)
  • South West England
  • Easy
  • Mar to Oct
  • £350

Cotswold Round

A relaxed pace walk taking in the best parts of the Cotswolds including Stanway House, Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold.

  • 5 to 7 nights
  • 51 mls (view km)
  • South Central England
  • Easy to Moderate
  • Mar to
  • £435

Cotswold Way

The Cotswold’s are England’s largest designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Take in some of the best viewpoints on this 98-mile walk.

  • 6 to 11 nights
  • 46 to 102 mls (view km)
  • South England
  • Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £505

Cumbria Way

In our opinion this is one of the top 5 walking holidays in the UK. Running through the heart of the Lake District the trail visits Coniston, Langdale, Keswick and Caldbeck.

  • 6 to 7 nights
  • 73 mls (view km)
  • Northern England
  • Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £520

Dales Way

Journey across the Yorkshire Dales National Park countryside to the shores of Britain’s largest lake on the Dales Way walk.

  • 7 to 8 nights
  • 78 mls (view km)
  • Northern England
  • Easy to Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £575

Guernsey

Although part of the British Isles, Guernsey is situated 31 miles west of the Normandy coast. Walkers who choose this destination will get to experience a taste of the exotic.

  • 5 nights
  • 38 mls (view km)
  • North French Coast
  • Easy
  • Mar to Oct
  • £575

Hadrian’s Wall Path

Take a journey back in time on the Roman Hadrian’s Wall walk. Experience the challenge of travelling from the east to the west coast of England by foot.

  • 5 to 11 nights
  • 33 to 84 mls (view km)
  • Northern England
  • Easy to Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £415

Isle of Man Coastal Path

Stretching 96 miles, the Isle of Man coastal path crosses a mix of terrain from sandstone cliffs to marshland and mud-flats.

  • 7 to 10 nights
  • 94 to 96 mls (view km)
  • North-West England
  • Easy to Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £630

Isle of Wight Coastal Path

Enjoy a relaxing route on the Isle of Wight coastal path and experience enchanting scenery which has inspired some of Britain’s greatest writers, artists and scientists.

  • 6 to 8 nights
  • 68 mls (view km)
  • Southern England
  • Easy to Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £515

Jersey Round Island

Jersey is situated just off the French Normandy coast. Boasting British and French characteristics, walkers will get the best of both worlds on their walking holiday.

  • 4 to 6 nights
  • 48 mls (view km)
  • North French Coast
  • Easy to Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £435

Jurassic Coast

England’s first natural World Heritage Site. Cover 73 miles of coastline from Lyme Regis to Dorset on this fascinating walk through time.

  • 8 nights
  • 69 mls (view km)
  • Soutwest England
  • Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £685

Norfolk Coast Path and Peddars Way

Walk through centuries of history on two separate paths forming one National Trail.

  • 4 to 11 nights
  • 45 to 93 mls (view km)
  • East Anglia
  • Easy to Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £370

Northumberland Coast Path

Explore one of England’s finest unspoilt coastal areas on a 64 mile walk through the Northumberland Coast Path.

  • 5 to 7 nights
  • 62 to 64 mls (view km)
  • North East England
  • Easy to Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £445

Shropshire Hills

Perfect for a short break, Church Stretton is located in the heart of Shropshire’s hills and has been nicknamed ‘Little Switzerland’ for its beauty.

  • 2 to 4 nights
  • 21 to 33 mls (view km)
  • West Midlands
  • Easy to Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £210

South Downs Way

Walk the South Downs Way and take in the Sussex and Hampshire countryside on a fairly relaxed route.

  • 9 to 12 nights
  • 100 mls (view km)
  • Southern England
  • Easy to Moderate
  • Jan to Dec
  • £815

South West Coast Path

Take on Britain’s longest and most spectacular National Trail which traces the dramatic coastlines of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset.

  • 4 to 7 nights
  • 43 to 62 mls (view km)
  • Southwest England
  • Moderate to Challenging
  • Mar to Oct
  • £355

St Cuthbert’s Way

Travel the beautiful Scottish borders from Melrose to Lindisfarne – the area of St Cuthbert’s ministry and death place.

  • 7 to 8 nights
  • 62 mls (view km)
  • Scottish Borders
  • Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £605

St Oswald’s Way

Named after the 7th century king of Northumbia, this walk covers 3 linked historical sites: the holy island of Lindisfarne, Bamburgh and Heavenfield.

  • 9 to 10 nights
  • 97 mls (view km)
  • Northern England
  • Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £760

Thames Path

The Thames Path is a wonderfully varied walking holiday following the banks of one of the world’s most famous rivers, from it’s source to the sea.

Walking the Thames Path each day you pass ancient bridges, locks, riverside pubs, oarsmen pulling upstream, ‘Royal’ swans, solitary herons, kingfisher, wild flowers, water creatures and bucolic Wind-in-the Willows scenery.

  • 5 to 13 nights
  • 54 to 148 mls (view km)
  • Southern England
  • Easy
  • Jan to Dec
  • £520

The Ridgeway

Walk along the oldest road in Britain past ancient landscapes of Chiltern Hills and Wessex Downs.

  • 8 to 9 nights
  • 87 mls (view km)
  • Southern England
  • Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £695

Yorkshire Wolds Way

Following the crescent of the Yorkshire Wolds, this 79 mile walking route passes tranquil landscape, stunning coastline and medieval villages.

  • 7 nights
  • 79 mls (view km)
  • Northern England
  • Easy
  • Mar to Oct
  • £640

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