For a relatively small country, England packs a punch with a wonderfully diverse array of landscapes and sights. From the vibrant buzz of London to the beautiful turquoise waters of Cornwall, pretty hamlets of the Cotswold's to the peaks of the Lake District. You could spend as little as a long weekend, or comfortably three to four weeks, depending on how much you want to see.
Culture-seekers are in for a delight as there are few more cosmopolitan cities on earth. People travel from all over the world to visit, work, or live. Why not treat yourself to a west-end theater ticket, take in the sights such as Big Ben, take an obligatory picture outside Buckingham Palace, relax in Hyde Park and finish with a cocktail in one of its many roof-top bars. These are just a few of the limitless options available.
Recommendation: If you enjoy big city life in small doses, we recommend including a relaxing walking trip along the River Thames Path. It begins at its source in the Cotswold's surrounded by serene countryside and finishes right in the heart of London.
The Cotswolds is undoubtedly one of the most photographed corners of the UK. It's the quintessential English countryside experience. It's unsurprisingly a popular destination as tourists visit to explore its quaint villages and idyllic pastureland. The best way to explore this is the area's extensive trail network, including the excellent long-distance trail Cotswold Way.
Recommendation: If booking our Cotswolds way hike, or just visiting, we recommend at least one extra night in Bath. The city of Bath is a UNESCO world heritage site, and is rich in Georgian architecture, bursting with culture. You can finish your day soaking in the country's only natural thermal springs.
The UK's newest UNESCO protected site (2017) for its unique hill-farming culture. Every year, some 15 million people explore the region's countryside, and we don't blame them for its picture-perfect. This area is filled with rugged mountain ranges, tranquil lakes, and charming villages to explore.
Recommendation: The abundance of lakes, valleys, woodlands, and fells makes this destination one of the best places in Britain to get out and experience the great outdoors. We have a great range of walking trips in the Lake District, which you can check out here.
Cornwall is a faraway land, located at the very tip of the United Kingdom. The journey, although lengthy, is so worth it! Beach-lovers will be in heaven with its magnificent coastline, over 300 miles of dunes and cliffs, all accessible on foot. There is so much to do from lazy picnics on the beach, exploring rock pools and marine art, learning to surf, or relaxing in a cozy Cornish pub.
Recommendation: The South West Coast Path National Trail is one of England's National Treasures. This should be on every walker's bucket-list, it offers some of the best walks in England and is a great way to burn off those Cornish pastries.
There's more to Yorkshire than crispy puddings, local ale, and rich tea (although they're all mighty fine in their own right). The northern stretch of the county is one of the most diverse and beautiful regions; home to cosmopolitan cities, rolling hills, and breathtaking coastlines. Anyone who loves the outdoors will instantly feel at home in Yorkshire.
Recommendation: We recommend our Escape to the Yorkshire Dales, where you can stop in cozy tea rooms during your walks, and in the evenings, enjoy an eclectic range of restaurants in an area recognized as being one of the most exceptional culinary locations in the UK.