Our walking vacations in England

Escape the crowded cities and tourist hotspots for rural landscapes that have inspired countless artists and poets, with our England walking vacations. Long distance routes such as the Thames Path, the Pilgrimsí Way from Winchester to Canterbury and the Cumbria Way explore some of Englandís finest (and emptiest) scenery, while your hosts in locally owned B&Bs along the way are never short of recommendations for the best restaurants and pubs nearby. A typical walking vacation as part of a sociable small group lasts around a week but opt for a tailor made and self-guided trip and you can take your time.

Our top Hiking vacations in England

Lake District hike on the Cumbria Way, England

From £810 to £1116
10 days ex flights
Hiking vacation in England's Lake District

Jurassic Coast walking vacation in Dorset, UK

From £829 to £989
6 days ex flights
Explore stunning UK coastline
Tailor made

Winchester to Canterbury Pilgrims way, England

From £1650
15 days ex flights
Walk the Pilgrims Way from Winchester to Canterbury

More vacation ideas

York to Fountains Abbey hiking vacation, England

From £250
4 days ex flights
The Prior Richards way self-guided 12th century hike

Shakespeares Way & Thames Path walking vacation

From £595 to £1180
8 days ex flights
Two fantastic traditional English walks.

Northumberland coast hike, England

From £560 to £798
8 days ex flights
Self Guided Walking Vacation in Northumberland Coast Path
Tailor made

South West Coastal Path walking vacation, England

From £459 to £899
8 days ex flights
The South West Coast Path and Isles of Scilly

Shakespeares Way walking vacation, Cotswolds to London

From £595 to £1980
8 days ex flights
From Stratford-upon-Avon to The Globe Theatre
Tailor made

Dartmoor and Exmoor walking vacation, England

From £269 to £639
3 days ex flights
Self guided walking between the Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks.

Map & highlights

Many vacations in England focus on cities and famous locations that get unpleasantly busy. But while iconic walking destinations such as the Lake District and Peak District have their honeypot sites, our responsible vacation partners will ensure you get off the beaten track. Walking in England is all about meandering along at your own pace, basking in scenery that has inspired painters, poets and writers for centuries. Whether youíre on historic routes such as the Pilgrimsí Way, or the Thames Path, South Downs Way or the spectacular South West Coast Path, enjoy simply taking your time.
Lake District

1. Lake District

Tackling parts of the Cumbria Way will take you through some of the national parkís typical topography through remote farmland, rivers and fells between Ulverston and Carlisle, for example. Book a tailor made vacation for at least eight days to cover the whole thing, having bags transported for you, and amble through Lake District classics like Coniston Water, Borrowdale, Derwentwater and Keswick.
Peak District

2. Peak District

This is UKís first national park with dramatic Derbyshire moorland, particularly around the Dark Peak, to the river valleys of the White Peak, where you can tailor make a vacation depending on how many days you are able to spoil yourself with. Spend three days walking around Dovedale, for example, where the likes of Tennyson and Byron gushed about the River Dove valley, wooded ravines, stepping stones and hidden caves.
Pilgrims Way

3. Pilgrims Way

This trail between Winchester and Canterbury follows in the footsteps of pilgrims between two magnificent cathedral cities. Walk on ancient tracks, across the chalk hills of North and Kent Downs, and through magnificent ancient woodland. With a great network of accommodation (and pubs, of course) along the way, self guided vacations are easy, with bags transported for you, and choosing as long a section as you like.
South West Coast Path

4. South West Coast Path

The mother of them all when it comes to marine magnificence. A 1,000km walking trail around Englandís dramatically beautiful southwest through Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Dorset, with about ten clear sections that are easily navigable for independent walking. Regional treats include Lands End, Lundy Island, Salcombe and Burgh Island. Or push the boat out and do the Scilly Isles, too.
Sussex & the South Downs

5. Sussex & the South Downs

A perfect escape, and just a short hop from London. The downs, their eponymous national park and Sussex coast boast some of the most eclectic walking escapes. From the Ouse Valley famous for its Bloomsbury Set, or estuarine landscapes around Chichester harbour to the heart of the South Downs, where you can take on part of the magnificent South Downs Way (161km), itís a walkerís must.
Thames Path

6. Thames Path

Far from just a path through central London, this national trail stretches for nearly 300km from the Thames Barrier to the source of the river in Gloucestershire. Book a tailor made vacation and take on a section that tickles your Thames fancy, discovering historic cities such as Windsor and Oxford along the way. Relatively flat and accessible, wander through Cotswold prettiness to historic havens, with endless waterside pubs en route.
Photo credits: [Page banner: Luke Porter]