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It’s been quite the show in the UK recently and the talk of the town: Britain’s Top 100 Favourite Walks. Voted for by 8,000 Brits, the final list was presented on national television last week during a 2-hour lasting show. For those that have access to ITV, you can watch the programme online until the end of February 2018.
For us it was quite exciting to see such a mix of walks spread around the island and as far as Northern Ireland, the Isle of Wight and the Isles of Scilly. Out of the Brits’ favourites, we selected our personal Top 10 Best Walks in the UK for you.
We’d love to hear your comments in the box below and see which are your favourite walks of Britain.
#1 Helvellyn | Lake District, England
On a great walk over Grisedale Pass and around the small mountain lake of Grisedale Tarn to Patterdale, you could opt to include a two-hour detour to summit Mount Helvellyn. Explore England’s most popular mountain, located in the Lake District, for breath-taking views.
>> Take it in on the Coast to Coast Guided Walk
#2 South Downs Way | Surrey & Sussex, England
The complete South Downs Way, stretching for 100 miles over a rare large area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in southern Britain, follows a route that is for most of the part ancient. The Way is often made up out of the old droving roads that took animals and goods between the market towns of southern England. At intervals the hilly downlands are broken by ‘wind gaps’ or river valleys, mixing the ridge walking with some meandering visits to beautiful rivers with their associated villages. We are happy with this listing in Britain’s best walks.
>> Follow the South Downs Way with Sherpa Expeditions
#3 Broadway Tower | Cotswolds, England
The unique Broadway Tower offers remarkable views of the Cotswolds and is fantastic to combine with the charming village of Chipping Campden. Broadway itself is a beautiful and picturesque town and the main street is lined with magnificent stone-built houses as well as some great antique shops.
>> Take in Broadway Tower on a walk to explore the Cotswolds
#4 Hadrian’s Wall Path | Northumberland, England
Officially opened in May 2003 after many years of negotiations with landlords and farmers to finalise the exact route which stretches 83 miles/133 km across town and country, forest and moorland, World Heritage Site and National Park. Omnipotent along this route, which belongs to the best walks in the UK, the Wall snakes its way, in sections interrupting a housing estate here, or popping up under a road there. Then, from being little more than a grassy bank, it transforms into stone and rollercoasters over crag tops and down into impressive fort like structures such as at Birdoswald and Housesteads.
>> Follow Hadrian’s Wall Trail with Sherpa Expeditions
#5 Offa’s Dyke | Monmouth & Hereford, Wales and England
The remaining 80 miles of Offa’s embankment forms Britain’s longest archaeological monument and the basis of a famous walk: crossing the border between England and Wales more than 10 times on the Offa’s Dyke National Trail path. This walk in the UK is a journey packed with interest. Walk through an ever changing landscape through patchworks of fields, over windswept ridges, across infant rivers, by ruined castles and into the old border market towns. Traditional farming methods have more or less remained intact and the hedgerows, oak woods and hay meadows form good wildlife habitats, home of buzzards and the rare Red Kite.
>> Follow a part of Offa’s Dyke with Sherpa Expeditions
#6 West Highland Way | Highlands, Scotland
At Sherpa Expeditions we take you to follow most of the 92-mile national long-distance trail of the West Highland Way through a part of the Scottish Highlands. It is claimed by some to be the most popular long distance trail in the British Isles and as such, its spot in the list with Best Walks in the UK is justified. The route includes Loch Lomond, valley routes through the mountains round Crianlarich and open heather moorland. But also Ben Nevis (the UK’s highest peak), Fort William and Glencoe – famed for its massacre of the MacDonald Clan.
>> Follow the West Highland Way with Sherpa Expeditions
#7 The Needles | Isle of Wight, England
This is a great walk with some fantastic views, if the weather is good, eventually over much of the Isle of Wight. Enjoy a walk that takes you to visit the Needles Park, where you can view the famous sea-stacks and the military batteries, also the site of Britain's Rocket testing from the 1950s.
>> Take in The Needles on the Isle of Wight Coastal Walking trip
#8 Great Glen Way | Highlands, Scotland
Scotland, about 380 million years ago, saw the creation of the Great Glen Fault: a line splitting the highlands and leading to open water at either end. In 1822 a man-made canal was built that ran through the fault and connected lochs Lochy, Oich and Ness. The Great Glen Way basically follows the fault line and walking this trail will show you plenty of examples of elegant bridges and locks which reflect the early period of the Industrial Revolution. Together with the scenery of the Scottish Highlands, this is one of Britain’s most favourite walks.
>> Follow the Great Glen Way with Sherpa Expeditions
#9 St Cuthbert’s Way | Northumberland, England
The St Cuthbert’s Way is a long-distance path that was established in 1996. The route reflects the life of the 7th century monk, extending from Melrose Abbey in the Scottish borders to the island of Lindisfarne just off the coast of Northumberland in northeast England. The ‘Way’ includes a variety of delightfully unspoilt countryside: the Tweed Valley, the Eildon Hills & Cheviot Hills and the Northumberland coast with its broad horizons and sandy beaches. The standard route is intended to be walked in 4 long days, but we have made several modifications to make the day stages slightly shorter and perhaps more interesting.
>> Follow St Cuthbert’s Way with Sherpa Expeditions
#10 St Ives to Zennor | Cornwall, England
The seascapes around St Ives Head are beautiful! This walk in the far western part of England roller-coasts through a series of steep dips between St Ives and Zennor. It is one of the best walks in the UK and shows you some of the most stunning parts of Cornwall. The town of Zennor has a quaint church, a small museum on Cornish life and a great old pub called The Tinner’s Arms.
>> Take in this stunning part of Cornwall on our Cornish Coastal Path West: St Ives to Penzance
Curious to find the full list? Find Britain's Favourite Walks: Top 100 here. Inspired to go for a walking holiday in the UK this year? Browse our website for all destinations and routes in the UK that you can explore with us, or contact our team of travel experts for more information.
Selection of Other Walks in the UK
From spring next year (2018), you will have even more choice to go on an active holiday in the UK as we will be launching several brand-new trips again.
Next year, we will be adding three new walking programmes spread out over England and the isles, plus a completely renewed cycling holiday that will follow one of the UK’s most popular walking trails.
Isle of Man Coastal Path >> new walking holiday
- Beautiful Coastal scenery on quiet trails
- Cultural heritage towns such as Castletown, Peel, Ramsey and Laxey
- Wildlife spotting opportunities
- Seascapes embracing views to England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland
- Bathing opportunities
- A network of steam, electric, mountain and horse drawn railways
- Interesting histories to discover
>> View this new self guided walking trip in England now
The Richmond Way >> new walking holiday
- Magnificent Lancaster, Bolton and Richmond castles and the 'motte' (remains) of several others
- Ingleton Village and waterfalls
- Walking on ancient Roman roads
- Beautiful 'Green' villages such as Bainbridge and Reeth
- High limestone walking with views over the Yorkshire fells
- Beautiful valleys of Wensleydale and Swaledale
- Ribblehead Viaduct – a mecca for railway enthusiasts
The Cyclist’s Coast to Coast >> new cycling holiday
- Ride across England from Irish to the North Sea, crossing the Lake District and Pennines
- Biking through the hills & dales of northern England
- Attractive hamlets and traditional villages
- Industrial heritage, lead mines and the River Tyne
- A satisfying and very challenging ride
>> View this new self guided cycling trip in England now
Jersey Island – Channel Island Way >> new walking holiday
- Discover legacy of wars, occupations & pirates
- Second part of the Channel Island Way
- Magnificent rock pools & sweeping dunes
- Follow rugged cliff paths sprinkled with wildflowers
- Charming seaside pubs & fishing villages
>> View this new self guided cycling trip in England now
We are currently finalising the details for these new trips, so stay tuned on this page (perhaps you like to bookmark it) for updates and to find out when the trips are available next year.
If you like to enquire or like us to send you a message as soon as the trips are available online, please contact our team of travel experts in London.
Guernsey is well known for its beautiful scenery and fantastic food, so why not join the two together on your next trip to the island?
Since 2015, Guernsey Island hosts the 2-week long Guernsey Food Festival in September. The event aims to support local food and drink producers as well as showcase the island’s wide variety of fresh produce, fabulous restaurants, well-known chefs and local delicacies. A visit to the island at this time of year is the perfect chance to taste all that Guernsey has to offer.
The festival includes plenty of events around the island for all to enjoy, ranging from beer-and-cheese-pairing to chilli-eating competitions. As different events are dotted around the island, it’s the perfect excuse to try Sherpa's great walking itinerary and burn off some of the delicious food.
The first weekend of the festival usually focuses around the Big Guernsey Market, where more than 40 food and drink stalls display the best of Guernsey cuisine along Crown Pier. There are also opportunities to join a boat trip around the oyster beds of Herm to see the island’s delicious delicacy of the Herm and Rocquaine oysters, or if you prefer to stay on solid ground, visit one of the live food shows along the pier and watch top chefs prepare their favourite dishes live on stage.
The Grape, Apple and Grain Festival traditionally takes place over the second weekend of the festival and is when you can enjoy a variety of craft beers, real ales & ciders, and sample a variety of street foods from all over Guernsey, whilst enjoying the live music and entertainment.
Capital St Peter Port offers a range of restaurants where you can have a bite to eat before venturing to one of Guernsey’s treasures: Castle Cornet, guarding Guernsey harbour and with fabulous views of the island and neighbouring Herm and Sark.
On day 3 of our Guernsey walking trip, you hike along more rugged terrain and get close to the coastline to see the largest cave in Guernsey, Le Creux Mahié. Then go up to Les Tielles, a beautiful part of the cliffs with fantastic views, and a great place for a picnic.
Sherpa Expeditions’ walking holiday further takes you around the Bailiwick of Guernsey, following the Channel Island Way. The 110-mile route circles the island in daily stages, usually around 5-6 hours per day. The route takes you from the Guernsey capital, St Peter Port, to Petit Bot Bay, onwards to Perelle Bay and back to St Peter Port where you can then catch a ferry to explore Sark and Herm. There’s also the option of continuing to Alderney to explore the third-largest Channel Island.
- The Guernsey Food Festival is organised by Visit Guernsey and is ‘the greatest food festival ever to arrive on Guernsey’s shores’. It celebrates the island’s culinary side and, as it takes place in September when average temperatures range around 18°C/64°F, is a fantastic time to visit the island.
- Another big Guernsey event takes place annually, which is the Guernsey Heritage Festival - in 2018 from 30 March-10 May. This popular Festival returns for its fifth year and 2018 shines a spotlight on life in the Bailiwick of Guernsey under German rule and the islands’ subsequent liberation from the Occupying forces after WWII.
Text & images courtesy of Visit Guernsey.
New Trip in 2017: Walking in Guernsey, Channel Islands
In 2017 you have an increased choice of travel opportunities in the UK as we launch a new trip on the John Muir Way and a walking holiday to Guernsey, Channel Islands.
In the Channel Islands, you can already step on your bicycle with us for a three-centre cycling itinerary and in the new year we will complement this offering with a weeklong self guided walking option on the islands of Guernsey, Herm, Sark and Alderney.
Follow in the footsteps of Victor Hugo, Renoir & Queen Victoria
Guernsey and the Channel Islands (geographically closer to France, yet a Crown dependency) brim with character and are a walker’s paradise. On your walks, expect long sandy beaches and beautiful undulating cliff paths leading to tiny coves with sparkling rock pools. Walk past forts of various sizes, some dating back to the 1600s while others, more recent, were created by the Nazis during their occupation of the islands in World War II.
The weeklong walking holiday around the islands of Guernsey is the longer half of the Channel Island Way. You can embark on seven days of Guernsey walks from April until October on the new Guernsey Islands – Channel Island Way trip, with your first travel option on 1 April 2017 (no fooling!).
For more information and bookings, download the trip notes here or contact our team of travel experts by phone or email.
Septuagenarians Arnold and Margaret Horner each year embark on a walking or cycling holiday. After having walked among others Hadrian’s Wall, covered parts of Offa’s Dyke on foot, cycled from Passau to Vienna along the Danube and completed the Stevenson Trail in France, this year they decided to cycle the famous Coast to Coast route.
“We chose to cycle the Coast-2-Coast route because it seemed to give us an interesting set of landscapes, a defined target and the possibility of completing the route at our own pace.”
Why did you choose to cycle where you did?
We chose the C2C route in the UK as offered by Sherpa Expeditions because it seemed to give us an interesting set of landscapes, a defined target (going coast to coast) and the possibility of completing the route at our own pace in fairly easy stages.
How did you prepare?
We periodically do a bit of casual cycling in a part of County Kerry where there can be quite steep hills (some of which we just walk up). Otherwise we did no very particular physical preparation. What we did do however, was to look carefully at the gradients along the whole route. We decided that, at least in reasonable weather, we could manage most of the stages but that it might be prudent to break the longest day, the 36 miles and five big hills between Langwathby and Rookhope, into two stages. Trina at the Sherpa Expeditions office in London organised for us to stop off at Alston, and this worked very well for us.
What aspect of the trip did you find most challenging?
Some of the hills were pretty steep. For example, it was a long haul up to Hartside summit. For us Crawleyside Bank on the way from Stanhope to Parkhead was, at a 17% gradient, daunting. We walked up anything steep. Other challenges might have been posed had we had either poor or really warm weather, or problems with tyres and chains. But the bicycles we were given at the beginning of the trip in Ulverston were good and we had no significant problems.
Which was your favourite destination along the Coast to Coast route?
The various stopover points were varied enough in their features, and each had its pluses. Keswick offered us a very active place that was both a strong local town and a tourist centre. We stayed at Beckside Guesthouse which had just reopened after the floods of December 2015. Owners Andrew and Tracey were very welcoming. So too were Colin and Pauline at the Old Vicarage in Rookhope, a small village high in the north Pennine moors.
“From the restaurant we visited on our last night we could look out across the river mouth, knowing that we had successfully finished the C2C.”
Best food and drink?
Most places along the route offered good food, but the place we will probably most remember was the Marina Vista at Roker, Sunderland, which we visited on our last night. We could look out across the river mouth, knowing that we had successfully finished cycling the C2C.
What surprised you most on your C2C cycling holiday?
The biggest surprise was probably that we did complete the whole route, which we saw as something of a challenge given that we are aged around 70 and that we are very definitely only casual cyclists.
If you like to share your travel stories on our website as well, you can let us know by filling out our contact form. If the story of Arnold and Margaret inspired you to set off on a similar cycling holiday, please have a look at our cycling holidays or get in touch with our team of travel experts in our London offices.
All images are copyright of ©Arnold Horner
British author Jane Cable and her husband Jim met Texans Marsha Smith and Mike Doan on a walking holiday almost twenty years ago. When Marsha mentioned she and Mike were considering Sherpa Expeditions’ Isle of Wight Coastal Walking holiday, Jane and Jim jumped at the chance to join them.
Why did you choose to walk on the Isle of Wight?
Jim and I have lived on the south coast of England all our married life – in fact we have distant views of Bembridge Down on the Island from our bedroom window – but we’ve never taken a holiday there. Plus it was a great opportunity to spend time with Mike and Marsha on one of their rare trips back to the UK.
How did you prepare?
I think the answer is quite poorly! Although Jim and I tried to take some lengthy hikes in the weeks and months running up to the holiday, the weather was awful and we didn’t get as much mileage into our legs as we’d hoped. Mike and Marsha amused their friends in Texas by taking six mile walks to the Whole Foods organic store but their problem was that where they live is very flat. And the Isle of Wight isn’t.
"My favourite walking day was from Yarmouth to Freshwater because it was so varied."
Which was your favourite destination on the island?
My favourite walking day was from Yarmouth to Freshwater because it was so varied. We started off with a really pretty woodland walk with some fun sculptures at Fort Victoria Country Park then followed the promenade along part of Colwell Bay and Totland Bay with stunning views across the Solent to Hurst Castle. Then there was a short but steep climb up to Headon Warren – an amazing ancient chalk downland – which we crossed to reach Alum Bay for a much needed coffee and loo stop.
After our break, we carried on to The Needles. Jim and Marsha aren’t too keen on heights so they sat by the Coastguard Cottages while Mike and I ventured to the viewpoint at the New Battery. We also varied our walk to Freshwater by taking the path at the back of Tennyson Down which again took us through some lovely woodland, ending up at Freshwater right next to the thatched church.
The day finished really well too because we stayed at Seahorses, an oasis of calm with beautiful rooms, wonderful gardens, an art studio and the warmest welcome we could have wished for.
What aspect of this walking trip did you find most challenging?
Before we left we thought it might be the cliffs, but it was actually really easy to find alternative routes further inland with great countryside and stunning views. On the ground, the worst thing was the mud. We travelled in April after a very wet winter and on the route between Cowes and Yarmouth it was everywhere, with some parts of the path practically impassable. It didn’t help that it was the longest walking day at 15 miles and we were footsore, filthy and exhausted by the time we reached our destination.
What was the biggest surprise?
The genuine welcome we received from hoteliers, bartenders and restaurateurs – for most of them, nothing was too much trouble. There was a party at the hotel in Cowes (we stayed at the lovely Holmwood Hotel on the seafront at Egypt Point), so they gave us earplugs. Marsha left her stick at Chale Bay Farm but the owner’s wife delivered it to Ryde when she did her school run. And eating at Bellamy’s Bistro in Sandown felt more like dining with friends.
Best food and drink?
Without a doubt The Three Buoys on Appley Beach in Ryde. We ate there on the first night – it’s a short walk from the town centre but well worth it for the views, excellent service and local seafood presented in a way you’d only expect at a Michelin starred restaurant. And, at the time of writing, all for gastro pub prices.
Do you have any recommendations for other travellers taking this trip?
Take an extra day or two to chill or to see the sights. Although there was plenty of time to look around Osborne House on the first day it would have been good to visit some places not directly on the route, such as Carisbrooke Castle and the roman villa at Brading. Freshwater would be a good place as it’s close to Newport which is the Island’s transport hub and about half way in terms of the walk.
You can find out more about Jane Cable’s novels, which are inspired by the British countryside, on her website www.janecable.com and for more details on Sherpa Expeditions’ Isle of Wight Coastal Walking holiday, you can have a look at the Isle of Wight walking trip details or get in touch with our team of travel experts in the London office.
Spring is well on its way with prospects of a beautiful summer in the United Kingdom this year. Perhaps this got you started flirting with the idea of a cycling holiday in the UK in the coming months. With this in mind, we choose below some of our favourite cycling holidays across the UK .
Rolling Through the Cotswolds
Also known as the ‘Heart of England’, a journey to the Cotswolds will present visitors with a mix of rolling hills, picture-perfect villages, wooded valleys, Roman roads and rustic old pubs for leisurely lunches.
When exploring this charming part of England by bicycle, it’s a good idea to start in elegant Cheltenham. The village is dotted with Regency buildings and beautifully landscaped gardens. Because there is so much to see in the Cotswolds, it’s possible to cycle the landscape and sights that interest you best. What to think of classic wool towns, roman villas and stone churches, or riding down through colourful valleys for your next UK cycling holiday?
>> Learn more about cycle tours in the UK's famous Cotswolds
Scottish Highlands at Handlebar Level
Picture yourself cycling along scenic paths and quiet forest trails - spotting native wildlife such as red deer, stag or golden eagle. It’s all possible on a cycling holiday in the Scottish Highlands.
There are some steep hills on the Cycle Way of the Great Glen that lead to magical views of Loch Ness. Via moorland and quiet country roads cyclists reach delightful Scottish towns. Bike riders can step off their bicycle at Fort William to ascend Ben Nevis or to ride in a historical steam train and of course to experience some of the distilleries along the cycle paths!
>> Want to know more? Check out this Scottish Highlands cycle holiday
Isle of Wight Cycle
Ideal for anyone looking for a short town-and-country cycling holiday. Because the Isle of Wight is so small, it’s great for a circular cycle tour in the UK. The terrain is undulating and distances are kept fairly short, giving cyclists enough time to stop and explore.
Highlights of cycling on the Isle of Wight include sophisticated Cowes, world famous for its regatta; the astonishing brick-built Quarr Abbey; and taking the cycle path to Freshwater Bay, which follows an old railway line.
>> Learn more about this cycling holiday on the UK's Isle of Wight
From Padstow to Land’s End through Lizard Point, this British cycling route goes to the southernmost point on mainland Great Britain. Cyclists get the chance to pedal through a patchwork of landscapes: from inland heaths and downs to tumbling coastlines and sheltered coves.
Cyclists who take eight days for this route will see that the daily bicycle rides are not that long. This is perfect to go and explore the best of Cornwall’s sheltered coves and beautiful rivers, castles and gardens by bicycle.
>> Find out about this cycling holiday in Cornwall
Want to know much more about cycle holidays in the UK and England or are interested to see our full range of self-guided cycling holidays in the UK? Contact our team of travel experts in our London office, or have a further browse at our cycling holidays in the UK.
- 10% Off Cornwall Walking Holidays
- Win A Travel Voucher
- Contribute to the Path
- Help Set a World Record
Get 10% off your October trip to Cornwall when you book a Sherpa Expeditions walking holiday on the
Cornwall Coast Path. By travelling this fine part of Britain in October this year, you help set a new
record on the iconic 630 miles long walking trail. Donate your saved 10% to the South West Coast Path Association
for conservation purposes or even raise extra funds for the charity and get a chance to win a Sherpa
Expeditions travel voucher. (*terms & conditions apply)
Every year in October the South West Coast Path Association
organises “The Challenge”. Goal is to break last
year’s 9,144 miles world record of walking and running the path in one month (that is like 56 times
Everest!), while at the same time raising funds for the maintenance and development of
England’s longest trail.
The individual walker with the highest donation to the association
during The Challenge month of October is rewarded with a £63 travel voucher offered by Sherpa
Sherpa Expeditions is a proud member of the South West Coast Path Association and likes to keep
the path accessible for many generations to come. We believe the South West Coast Path offers one of
the finest walking trails in Great Britain and Sherpa Expeditions travellers can explore the path via our walking and cycling holidays.
Because we expect a high interest in the event, we ask you to make bookings for your October
walking holiday at least one month in advance.
discount offer applies to 3 trips: Cornish Coastal Path North - Padstow to St. Ives; Cornish Coastal Path West - St. Ives to Penzance; Cornish Coastal Path South - Marazion to Mevagissey. 10%
discount offer is valid for new bookings made before 04 September 2016 and is applicable to trips
departing between 01-31 October 2016. Direct bookings only. Discount is on the trip price only and does
not apply to extensions, flights or supplements. Subject to availability; cannot be used in conjunction with
any other offer and cannot be redeemed for cash. Sherpa Expeditions encourages travellers to donate
their discount to the South West Coast Path Association.
Sherpa Expeditions travel
voucher is worth GBP 63.00 and needs to be validated on a Sherpa Expeditions holiday
departing before 31 December 2017. The travel voucher is rewarded to the individual that donated the
highest amount of funds to the South West Coast Path in the month October 2016. Your donation must
have received the South West Coast Path before 02 November 2016 to be eligible for the travel voucher.
The receiver of the travel voucher will be announced in the South West Coast Path Association and
Sherpa Expeditions newsletters. Subject to availability, cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer
and cannot be redeemed for cash.
The Coast to Coast path from St Bees to Robin Hoods Bay spans a trail of 190 miles. Walking on such a large surface you’ll come across a variety of typical British-charm villages and settlements. There’s something unique to each of them and a highlight to visit on their own. These surprises along the way definitely add to your Coast to Coast walking holiday.
Here, we list five of such of our favourite and most beautiful places on England’s famous Coast to Coast walk for you.
Made up of Rossthwaite, Stonethwaite and Seatoller, this is an idyllic coalescence of Viking settlements at the heart of the Lake District. It’s a charmingly beautiful part of the Coast to Coast walk and scribed with dry stone walls, red squirrels bouncing about and - of course - many sheep!
Keld, meaning ‘spring’ in old Danish language, is a tiny village in the wilds of the Pennines. Walking the Coast to Coast on the intersection of the Pennine Way with the infant River Swale spaying over a number of small falls, is where you will find this little hamlet.
3. Egton Bridge & Grosmont
These are about 1,5 mile away from each other, but walking into Egton Bridge from the windy Pennines is like walking into an 18th century painting. Two nice old pubs, gardens, a big church and stepping stones across the beautiful River Esk complete the illusion. Then a short walk on an old toll road and you are amidst the Industrial Revolution with manifold hissing steam engines, work sheds, and the oldest railway tunnel in the world.
4. Blakey Ridge
A highway man’s dream? There is a pub up that’s been here since the 1500s and part of it still makes the Cavernous Inn. A cosy place on a windswept Coast to Coast day off the moors with maybe twelve species of real Ale.
© Orton Farmers' Market
Orton is a beauty of an English village - especially on market days when farmers come around to sell their produce. It is a charming place with stocks at the church, Kennedy’s chocolate factory and water meadows. (photo from Orton Farmers’ Market
Want to walk into Blakey Ridge, Keld and Egton Bridge on the Coast to Coast walk yourself? We have various options from guided to self-guided, walking to cycling, shorter to longer walks of the Coast to Coast trail for your to choose from.
For more information on the Coast to Coast walk in England you can have a further look at our website or get in touch with our team of travel experts in the London office.
Do you love being surrounded by flowers in bloom? If you are thinking of a spring getaway to the English countryside, the next few months may well be the best time to travel for you! This is when the bluebell woods (forests with the floor covered in purple bluebells) pop up all over the UK.
Bluebell: England's Favourite Flower
The bluebell has been voted as England’s favourite flower and it appears in many British organisations, such as the logo of the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland, hospitals, tea & bakery shops, accommodation providers, a brewery, kitchen company and even a vintage train company!
It is estimated that 25-50% of the world’s common bluebells are found in the UK, so what better place to appreciate this charming lavender-coloured flower than in Sherpa Expedition’s homeland!
To best enjoy these quintessentially English carpets of blue, you travel to the Cotswolds. The landscape features a range of gentle hills extending northeast of the city of Bath through Cheltenham to Stratford-on-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace. The region is dotted with unspoilt woodland, National Trust gardens and picturesque villages lined with stone-built houses – and of course bluebells!
On one of our self guided cycling holidays, you start in elegant Cheltenham, with its Regency buildings and beautifully landscaped gardens, to explore the Cotswolds along your choice of routes. Let the day’s bike ride depend on how energetic you feel. >> view trip
From only GBP 360 per person, you can witness the blue flower in a five day self guided walking holiday to the Cotswolds. This trip departs daily in April and May and there is an 8-day version of this walking holiday available for those with ample time. >> view trip
Dramatically reduced over thousands of years, many parts of Yorkshire once were covered in woodland. However, do not worry as today the preservation work of organisations like wildlife trusts and the UK National Trust help keep ancient, mixed forests thrive today. On the Coast to Coast walking trail for example, when you're coming down from Reeth and walk into Richmond, you will find woodland that is covered with bluebells in the spring months. For other areas in Yorkshire to see bluebell flowers, please contact our team of travel experts.
Go walking in Cornwall in the spring months of March, April and May, and you will come across tiny pockets of woodlands with bluebell carpets. Also along the cliff tops and in trees and gardens, you will notice the purple layer covering plots of land. As the weather is excellent in this southern part of England, you can already enjoy the popular flower from late March onward. Check out this overview of all walking and cycling holidays in Cornwall.
South Downs Way
At other times of the year the woodlands around Cocking may be dark and sometimes muddy, travel in the spring season though, and you will find a carpet of bluebell flowers. On both the 8-days South Downs Way walking holiday or the 10-day version of this long distance trail, you will pass through Cocking and find several other patches of wood that are home to bluebells in the spring months.
For more information on where to see the bluebells bloom this spring, or for holiday bookings to the Cotswolds, please contact our team of experts.