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 the UK

An essential guide to planning a walking holiday in the UK

I’ve been walking the coasts, fells and fens of the UK for decades, revisiting the popular spots and seeking out hidden gems in my role as a travel journalist and TV researcher. For a group of small islands, we are truly spoiled for choice in the UK when it comes to walking holidays. There are the obvious – and often busy – walking hotspots, but also myriad quieter corners that even few native Brits are familiar with...read more

  • South West

    South West

    Easily my favourite place in the UK to walk, although as it's my home patch I may be biased...
  • 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

    Cotswolds

    For a glimpse of classic English limestone countryside with rolling hills, leafy vales, dry stone walls and pretty, if sometimes twee, villages, try some of the paths criss-crossing the Cotswold region...
  • Isle of Wight

    Isle of Wight

    With a varied and fascinating coastline of 60 miles, the Isle of Wight is bigger than many outsiders expect...
  • South Downs

    South Downs

    You won’t find wilderness areas along the south coast between Kent’s ‘Garden of England’ and Poole Harbour...
  • Lake District

    Lake District

    Perhaps the most famous walking region in the UK, the Lake District offers a chance to wander lonely as a cloud amid impressive landscapes of mountains and water...
  • Windermere

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  • Keswick

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  • Northumberland

    Northumberland

    There’s a large area between the Tyne and the Scottish border that is little troubled by tourists but full of walking possibilities...
  • 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 Wolds

    Yorkshire Wolds

    Yorkshire isn't known for its modesty, especially not when it comes to the well-known (and busy) Dales, Moors and Peak District...
  • Norfolk

    Norfolk

    Hillwalkers look away now...
  • Yorkshire Dales National Park

    Yorkshire Dales National Park

    The Yorkshire Dales is a classic north-English landscape of rolling hills, stone villages and patchwork fields...
  • 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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  • Yorkshire

    Yorkshire

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  • York

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  • North York Moors

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  • Carlton

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  • Kent

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  • Chiltern Hills

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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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  • Tyne & Wear

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  • Shropshire

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  • Worcestershire

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  • Broadway

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  • Hadrian's Wall

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  • Lincolnshire Coast Path

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Places to go in England

England Tours

South West

The South West Coast Path (all sections)

Self-guided walking holidays on the SWCP

4 daysFrom £340
South West

Classic Cornwall Short Break

Self-guided walking holiday

2 daysFrom £170
South West

The Smugglers Way

Self-guided walking holiday

2 daysFrom £170
South Downs

South Downs Way in 10 Days

Explore rolling Southern England

10 daysFrom £960
Northumberland, Cumbria, Tyne & Wear (and 1 more)

Hadrian's Wall - 8 Days

Cross the neck of England

8 daysFrom £660
England, Wales

Offa's Dyke

Explore the famous Wye Valley

8 daysFrom £695

England Travel Companies

The United Kingdom

Macs Adventure

Active adventures at home and abroad
The United Kingdom

Encounter Walking Holidays

Self-guided walks in South West England & Wales
South Downs

South Downs Discovery

South Downs Way walking holidays
Europe

Walkers' Britain

Explore the UK & Europe with Walkers' Britain
The United Kingdom

Wheely Wonderful Cycling

Self-guided biking in England & Wales
The United Kingdom

Contours Holidays

Self-guided walking holidays in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland
The United Kingdom

Byways Breaks

Award winning walking & cycling holidays in UK
The United Kingdom

Shepherds Walks Holidays

Guided & self-guided walks in Northumberland & The Borders

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