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

Compared to its European neighbours, England might seem pretty small and lacking in cultural charm and culinary expertise. But 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.

The UK by foot

An essential guide to planning a walking holiday in the UK

  • 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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  • Peak District

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  • North Yorkshire

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  • York

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  • Yorkshire Dales National Park

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  • North York Moors

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  • West Witton

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  • Hawes

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  • Aysgarth

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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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England Tours

The South West Coast Path (all sections)

Self-guided walking holidays on the SWCP

4 daysFrom £340
Destinations 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
Destinations 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
Destinations 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
Destinations 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
Destinations Cumbria
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
Activity Active, Walking

The Dales Way

Explore the Yorkshire Dales

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

England Travel Companies

Macs Adventure

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

Encounter Walking Holidays

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

South Downs Discovery

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

Wandering Aengus

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

Sherpa Expeditions

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

Wheely Wonderful Cycling

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

Albion Trails

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

Contours Holidays

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

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