The north of England has something for everyone. You can choose from a walking holiday awash with Roman history set against a beautiful backdrop of rolling hills, or visit castles and fishing villages as you follow dramatic coastlines. If it is mountains and moorland, valleys and lakes that you are looking for, then you can explore the stunning landscape of the Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors and the Lake District. Alternatively, you can embark on a journey across England by walking along the Hadrian's Wall Path or follow in the footsteps of Alfred Wainwright to complete the classic long distance route of the Coast to Coast.
The Coast to Coast is a classic walking holiday that is a challenging but rewarding experience and takes you on a journey through a remarkable variety of landscape, as you pass through three National Parks.
Embarking on a walk along the Hadrian's Wall path allows you to become immersed in the history of the Roman Empire as you encounter forts, milecastles, historical remains and a very well preserved section of the wall. This World Heritage Site is set against a backdrop of moorland and rolling agricultural landscape providing wonderful panoramic views and together with accommodation that is charming, comfortable and full of character, makes a walk along Hadrian's Wall a truly memorable holiday.
Along the length of the Herriot Way walkers will visit beautiful valleys, high, open fells and rolling, heather-clad moorland. The route crosses one of the highest points in Yorkshire, visits historic monuments and passes through a barren industrial wilderness; laid bare through lead mining. Anyone walking the Herriot Way will have had a fantastic introduction to the Yorkshire Dales.
The Northumberland Coast Path is a delightful trail dotted with castles, sweeping sandy beaches and remote islands. This is a walking holiday steeped in historical charm but is also perfect for bird and wildlife enthusiasts alike.
This classic traverse of the north of England takes you gently by the hand from the cliffs of St. Bees Head on the Irish Sea, to the fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea Coast, passing through the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.
The Coast to Coast is a 195 mile (313 km) long-distance walk in Northern England.
Devised by Alfred Wainwright, the famous fell walker and guidebook writer, in 1973, the Coast to Coast path passes through three National Parks: the Lake District National Park, the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and the North York Moors National Park. Wainwrights recommendation is that walkers dip their booted feet in the Irish Sea at St Bees and, at the end of the walk, in the North Sea at Robin Hood’s Bay.
The walk begins in the Lake District, taking in deep sided valleys, lake shores, and remote mountain passes. Next is the limestone country of the Yorkshire Dales, famous for its intricate field patterns and dry stone walls. The old market town of Richmond marks the end of the Dales before the path crosses the Vale of York and rises over the rolling moorland hills of the North York Moors.
The Coast to Coast uses public rights of way (public footpaths, tracks, and minor roads), permissive paths and access land, and it is one of the most popular of all the long-distance footpaths in the UK.
This route follows the world-famous Roman Wall for its entire length: Traverse this path from one coast to another, from Wallsend, near Newcastle, to the Solway Firth beyond Carlisle, indulging yourself in the history of the region, as well as some great scenery too.
Hadrian’s Wall was the north-west frontier of the Roman empire for nearly 300 years. It was built by the Roman army on the orders of Emperor Hadrian following his visit to Britain in AD 122 in order to protect the northern extreme of the Roman Empire. Hadrian’s Wall is a striking example of the organisation of a military zone and illustrates the defensive techniques and geopolitical strategies of ancient Rome.
The route crosses from coast to coast – from Wallsend on the River Tyne in the east to Bowness-on-Solway in the west. At every mile along the Wall, there is a milecastle with two watchtowers in-between. Although parts of the wall have been plundered for local houses, the central section is very well preserved, as are the various forts and milecastles on the way.
Hadrian’s Wall was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1987.
Based on a walk taken by the well-known veterinarian and author – James Herriot – this 52 mile circular walking holiday journeys through Wensleydale and Swaledale, in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, over high fells, through picturesque villages, over heather covered moorland, and into the valleys crisscrossed and dissected by their distinctive dry stone walls.
The Herriot Way is a circular route – some 52 miles / 84 km in length – and it runs through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Yorkshire Dales.
The Herriot Way is based on a walk taken by the well-known veterinarian and writer James Herriot – after whom it is named – who moved to the area in the late 1930s to start a veterinary practice.
This walk passes through a number of the places where James Herriot lived and worked: Wensleydale, famous for its cheese and its waterfalls, Swaledale with its wildflower meadows and its rolling landscape of dry stone walls and barns made from limestone, as well as the thriving market town of Hawes.
This designated path runs the entire stretch of Northumberland’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Navigate sweeping dune-backed beaches between old fishing villages along this stunning coastline, dotted with dramatic cliffs, secluded coves, historic castles and ruins, as well as an amazing variety of wildlife.
The Northumberland Coast Path is a beautiful 66 mile (106 km) walk which is part of the North Sea Trail. Breathing in the fresh sea air and walking along the beautiful Northumberland Coastline, you will discover sleepy seaside fishing villages, ancient castles and ruins, isolated islands, and abundant coastal wildlife. On this walking holiday you will discover a host of conservation sites, including two National Nature Reserves.
The Northumberland Coast Path follows the coast in most places with an inland detour between Belford and Holy Island. You’ll start in the fishing village of Cresswell, following the sweeping sands of Druridge, past the fishing port of Amble to the historic village of Warkworth where you will see the first of many castles on your walk, Warkworth Castle.
Leaving Warkworth you pass through pretty fishing villages such as Alnmouth, Boulmer and Craster. Taking in further seascapes and fascinating ruins such as Dunstanburgh Castle before heading inland to the historic villages of Bamford and Belford. From Belford, a walk along dramatic cliff top paths will eventually bring you to your end-point at Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Most of the paths are public rights of way (footpaths and bridleways), but in some places beaches, minor roads, tracks and permissive paths are used. The Northumberland Coast Path is clearly signposted and well maintained, and it is mostly flat, with occasional inclines and plenty of places to stop for a rest.
I have to say I was not disappointed, the Great Glen Way was wonderful, the variation in the walk from the high routes to the amble along the canal path and lochs was a time to savour. The Eagle, Red Squirrel and the siting of a giant Scottish Wood Ants Nest brought unforgettable pleasure. This was made even more pleasurable knowing that a hand-picked B&B, bed and a shower was in store. Never once was I disappointed, with a restful sleep followed by a sumptuous breakfast which was always devoured, to refuel for the day’s surprises and views of the Scottish landscape. Thank you.
Barrie Howes, UK
Great Glen Way
We had a great few days walking, made all the better by excellent organisation. Thank you.
Claire Silver, UK
Coast to Coast
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