Walking Holidays in Southern England

Walking in Southern England is a delightful way to experience the rolling hills and expanses of farmland pasture that are typical of the English countryside. You can wind your way through historical landscapes, and ancient woodlands to discover old churches, abbeys and inns. You can escape to the coast and experience the heights of the spectacular white chalk clifftops with rewarding views across to the Isle of Wight, the English Channel and beyond. A walking holiday on the Cotswold Way or the South Downs Way is a relaxing way to enjoy the hidden treasures of Southern England.

The Cotswold Way is a National Trail starting in the traditional market town of Chipping Campden and winds its way to the famous city of Bath with extensive Roman archaeology, Roman baths and hot springs. The walking is peaceful taking you on countryside lanes and paths, along escarpments and through commons and woodlands. Along the way there is a myriad of historical sites to explore as you pass through Medieval wool towns, Neolithic Burial Barrows and ancient abbeys and churches. There are warm and welcoming villages and towns that are home to charming inns and buildings crafted from rich Cotswold stone.

A walking holiday on the South Downs Way takes you on a journey across the South of England, from the historical city of Winchester to finish on the dramatic cliffs of Beachy Head before descending into Eastbourne. Follow in the footsteps of ancient travellers on trade routes that date back to the Stone Age as you pass over expansive fields and the landscape of the downs. Take the opportunity along the way to visit ancient hill forts, take in the magnificent views of the Seven Sisters and simply enjoy the diverse array of wild flowers and butterflies.

The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast path is a straightforward, flat walk suitable for most abilities; there are just a few longer days on the Peddars Way. It would make a great first long distance walk as the route is very well signposted and easy to follow. There is plenty of interest along the way, from beautiful beaches, historic buildings and nature reserves to Victorian seaside towns, restaurants and cafes. A relaxed, peaceful walk through some of the nicest parts of Norfolk.

This is a delightful route that explores the picturesque English villages of the Cotswolds, roaming though a beautiful green landscape of rolling hills and ancient woodland. The trail ends in the World Heritage City of Bath.

Broadway on the Cotswold Way

The Cotswold Way is a long distance walk that runs for 102 miles (163km) from the medieval market town of Chipping Campden in the North Cotswolds, to the historic City of Bath. Following the western edge of the Cotswold Hills, the Cotswold Way route journeys through gently rolling, sheep-grazed pastures, stunning beech woodland, and dreamy, honey-coloured villages built from the delightfully warm Cotswold stone. You will cross ancient commons in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, pass Neolithic burial barrows, beautiful stately homes, and historic battle sites. The path along the escarpment twists and turns, affording ever-changing views to the west towards the River Severn and the Malvern Hills.

Length

7 - 11 nights

Full Route Length

102 miles / 163 km

Shortest Break Length

46 miles / 73.5 km

Average Grade

Easy to Moderate

Why do this walk?

A gentle introduction to long-distance walking along one of the best way-marked National Trails in the country

Sublime scenery, from gently rolling countryside to quintessentially English villages, with beautiful churches and cosy Cotswold Inns

Steeped in history, you will encounter Medieval Wool Towns, Neolithic Burial Barrows, ancient abbeys and stately homes

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bath with its Roman remains and Georgian Architecture.

Sheringham Beach on the North Northfolk Coast Path

The Peddars Way and the Norfolk Coast Path combine to make a very accessible 93 mile walk, taking in the best parts of the Norfolk countryside and coastline.

The Peddars Way is an ancient road dating back to the Bronze Age, then developed into a military route in Roman times and later used by pilgrims during the 15th century. The route is straight and flat following mostly green lanes and tracks with some interesting archaeological sites along the way.

The Norfolk Coast Path follows the coast from Hunstanton to Cromer for 45 miles. With interesting Victorian seaside towns, fishing villages, beautiful beaches and nature reserves with a wealth of bird life, there is plenty to see along the coast.

Length

4 -10 nights

Full Route Length

93 miles/ 149 km

Shortest Break Length

46 miles/ 74 km

Average Grade

Easy to Moderate

Why do this walk?

An easy-to-follow gentle walk through the Norfolk countryside.

Lovely coastal villages and interesting historical buildings.

Lots of birdlife and internationally recognised wildlife reserves.

Beautiful beaches.

No hills!

From the historic market town of Winchester the route follows the rolling countryside of the South Downs to the dramatic chalk cliffs of Beachy Head on the English Channel.

South Downs Way Walking Holidays

The South Downs Way starts at the ancient and historic city of Winchester and follows the northern crest of the chalk escarpment of the South Downs, all the way to the sea. Stretching for 100 miles through England’s newest National Park, to the seaside town of Eastbourne, this walking holiday offers a fabulous taste of this lovely rural area, with spectacular views, expansive fields, beautiful woodlands, picturesque villages and huge amounts of history.

The South Downs Way is well marked and easy to follow. It is used by horses and cyclists, so is very accessible, with almost no stiles. It links many ancient and historic tracks, used by travellers and traders since the Stone Age. It is one of the easiest National Trails, with few steep sections, apart from when the route drops down into river valleys, and for the descent to overnight stays in the pretty towns, villages and farms along the way.

Although seldom exceeding 250m (820ft), this walking holiday gives a great feeling of space, and a sense of being ‘on top of the world’. Passing iron age hill forts, the spectacular chalk formations of The Devil’s Dyke and the Seven Sisters, and rolling countryside with fields of grazing sheep, corn and wild flowers. The South Downs Way offers a magnificent sense of solitude, centuries of history and a cross section of one of the most beautiful parts of southern England.

Length

2-11 days

Full Route Length

100 miles

Shortest Break Length

18 miles

Average Grade

Easy to Moderate

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