Walking Tours

Guided and Self-Guided Tours

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees”

Henry David Thorreau

We are delighted to offer a series of walking holidays throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Walk at your own pace during the day and relax in a comfortable 3 or 4 star country house, or hotel, in the evening.

Ask us about walking tours in Europe.

Explore with a group and a guide on foot...

Guided Walking Tours

…with a choice of up to three walks every day

Explore independently...

Self-Guided Walking Tours

…with plenty of free time

Important Covid-19 Steps We Have Taken For Guest Safety

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we  eturn to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular  attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

Walking grade area recommendations:

Leisurely Walking Grades (Grades 1 & 2)
Southern Lake District, Coniston Shropshire, Church Stretton Cornwall, St Ives
Northern Lake District, Keswick South Wales, Brecon Beacons Cotswolds, Bourton-on-the-Water
North York Moors, Whitby Southern Snowdonia, Dolgellau Dorset, Lulworth Cove
Northumberland, Alnmouth South Downs, Abingworth Exmoor, Selworthy
Peak District, Dovedale Southern Yorkshire Dales, Malham Isle of Wight, Freshwater
Scottish Highlands, Glen Coe Western Yorkshire Dales, Sedbergh
Moderate Walking Grades (Grades 3 & 4)
Southern Lake District, Coniston Shropshire, Church Stretton Cornwall, St Ives
Northern Lake District, Keswick South Wales, Brecon Beacons North York Moors, Whitby
Southern Snowdonia, Dolgellau Dorset, Lulworth Cove Northumberland, Alnmouth
Exmoor, Selworthy Peak District, Dovedale Southern Yorkshire Dales, Malham
Western Yorkshire Dales, Sedbergh
Challenging Walking Grades (Grades 5 & 6)
Southern Lake District, Coniston Northern Lake District, Keswick
Southern Snowdonia, Dolgellau Scottish Highlands, Glen Coe