England Lake District Two sheeps on pasture at sunset
England Cornwall ink flowers growing above St Ives premier golden Porthmeor beach
England Cornwall Penzance ST MICHAELS MOUNT

Get underneath the skin of eccentric England and you’ll discover a place of outstanding natural beauty, ancient history and modern metropolises.

For such a (relatively) small country, England has an astonishing amount of natural beauty. Whether it’s the hills and waterside retreats of the Lake District, the rugged bleakness of the Peak District or coastal views on the South Downs, England’s countryside is perfect for exploring, whether hiking, cycling or simply visiting its villages.

However, if you’re into culture more than nature, England’s cities are some of the world’s most exciting. Everyone knows London is one of the world’s great cities, with outstanding nightlife, music, arts and restaurants, but try exploring a little further. Manchester is renowned for its music scene and nightlife, while Liverpool’s regeneration goes far beyond Beatles tours and football teams.

Ultimately, enjoying a visit to England is about the small things — visiting a pub for a pint of beer, eating a full English breakfast, getting confused by regional accents – but the more you see, the more you’ll enjoy.

Walking in Europe

A complete guide to walking and hiking trips in Europe

A journey of a thousand miles may begin, as the Taoist proverb goes, with a single step. But when it comes to walking holidays in Europe, that first step comes well before you set foot on a trail. Planning – deciding your destination and route, scheduling your departure, choosing your preferred kind of accommodation and level of support, packing the right kit, and many more factors besides – is key to ensuring that your hiking trip is safe, successful and enjoyable...read more

  • South West Coast Path

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  • Dorset

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  • Cornwall

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  • Dartmoor National Park

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  • Exmoor National Park

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  • Somerset

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  • Devon

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  • Cotswolds

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  • Isle of Wight

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  • South Downs

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  • Kent

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  • Chiltern Hills

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  • Norfolk

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  • Suffolk

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  • Cheshire

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  • Cumbria

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  • Easton

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  • Kirkby Stephen

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  • Grange over Sands

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  • Herefordshire

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  • Symonds Yat

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  • Hereford

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  • Lake District

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  • Windermere

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  • Keswick

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  • The Peak District

    The Peak District

    The UK's original national park
    The Peak District is the UK's first national park, established in 1951 to carve out a protected space between the encroaching industrial cities of the midlands and northern England...
  • Yorkshire

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  • York

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  • North York Moors

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  • Yorkshire Dales National Park

    Yorkshire Dales National Park

    Located between the Lake District and the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales National Park offers rolling hills as well as encompassing Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside peaks...
  • Low Row

    Low Row

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  • Keld

    Keld

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  • West Witton

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  • Hawes

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  • Aysgarth

    Aysgarth

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  • Middleham

    Middleham

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  • West Burton

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  • Askrigg

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  • Hardraw

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  • Wensleydale

    Wensleydale

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  • Malham

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  • Burnsall

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  • Linton

    Linton

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  • Kettlewell

    Kettlewell

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  • Arkengarthdale

    Arkengarthdale

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  • Reeth

    Reeth

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  • Buckden

    Buckden

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  • Ravenstonedale

    Ravenstonedale

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  • Sedbergh

    Sedbergh

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  • Carlton

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  • Yorkshire Wolds

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  • Tyne & Wear

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  • Shropshire

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  • Northumberland

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  • Worcestershire

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  • Broadway

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  • Hadrian's Wall

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Places to go in England

England Tours

The South West Coast Path (all sections)

Self-guided walking holidays on the SWCP

4 daysFrom £340
South West Coast Path, Dorset, Cornwall, Somerset, Devon
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Activity Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks

Classic Cornwall Short Break

Self-guided walking holiday

2 daysFrom £170
South West Coast Path, Cornwall
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Activity Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks

The Smugglers Way

Self-guided walking holiday

2 daysFrom £170
South West Coast Path, Cornwall
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Activity Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks

Hadrian's Wall Path

Famous Roman coast-to-coast walk

3 daysFrom £325
Cumbria, Lake District, Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, Hadrian's Wall
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Activity Active, Walking

The Cumbria Way

England's best kept secret

2 daysFrom £280
Cumbria
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Activity Active, Walking

The Dales Way

Explore the Yorkshire Dales

7 daysFrom £595
Yorkshire
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Activity Active, Walking

England Travel Companies

Macs Adventure

Active adventures at home and abroad
The United Kingdom
Custom itinerary, Small group tour, Private guided tour
Adventure, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife

Encounter Walking Holidays

Self-guided walks in South West England & Wales
The United Kingdom
Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Adventure, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks

South Downs Discovery

South Downs Way walking holidays
South Downs
Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Adventure, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks

Wandering Aengus

Walking holidays in the Lake District & beyond
England
Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Adventure, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife

Sherpa Expeditions

Self guided holidays & baggage transfer service
The United Kingdom
Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Adventure, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Walking, Biking, Nature & Wildlife

Wheely Wonderful Cycling

Self-guided biking in England & Wales
The United Kingdom
Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
Active, Biking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks

Albion Trails

Walking holidays around Hadrian’s Wall
Hadrian's Wall
Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Adventure, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks

Contours Holidays

Self-guided walking holidays in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland
The United Kingdom
Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Active, Walking, Biking, Nature & Wildlife

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