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Explore the lands whose beauty inspired countless authors and poets from Tolkien to the Brontë sisters. Wander the open spaces of great moors, climb peaks to admire stunning panoramas of the Lake District, travel back in time at England’s many castles and monuments, and follow in the footsteps of Romans from Hadrian’s Wall to Bath. 

Heritage, History & Tradition

Known for its picture perfect scenery, remarkable history and tradition, England’s green and pleasant land offers an amazingly diverse range of travel experiences.

Being the largest country in the United Kingdom, the landscapes and climate are hugely varied from the prettily rolling farmlands and quaint villages of the Cotswolds to the rugged mountains and pristine shores of the Lake District. Travelling here will take you on a journey through places which inspired countless authors and poets like J.R.R. Tolkien, William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, the Brontë sisters, Lewis Carroll, William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter.

Northern England is hilly, characterised by high moorlands, limestone and glacial valleys. The area is home to 4 national parks, containing some of England’s most impressive natural areas. Take in the imposing limestone cliffs that the Yorkshire Dales are famed for, or fall in love with the unspoilt beauty of Northumberland. The North York Moors is a place full of heather and dark skies whereas the Lake District is known for its dramatic fells and expansive lakes.

Further south, the Cotswolds encapsulate quintessential English countryside. From stately manors and orderly gardens to the gentle rolling green hills and the unspoilt villages that feel like a step back in time, the Cotswolds are drawn together as a single region by the lovely Cotswolds Way.

England has a rich cultural heritage and fascinating history. Castles and great manor houses dot the countryside and there are countless fascinating ruins of various ages to explore. Visit relics from the industrial revolution, imagine the sieges that once took place against Medieval castle walls, admire the stunningly complex architecture of the many great abbeys and monasteries, or trace the footsteps of Roman soldiers while exploring the cultural wonders of England.

For over a decade we have been delivering trips in England, taking visitors off the beaten path to experience the natural and cultural heritage which makes this one of the world’s must-visit travel destinations.

Regions of England

The largest nation in the UK and Ireland, England also has the largest population. Regardless, England has some of the most picturesque and lovely countryside in Britain. Northern England especially is home to stunning views from the gorgeous Lake District to the wild Yorkshire Dales. In the south, the quintessential hills and villages of the Cotswolds make idyllic walking.

Located in northern England, Yorkshire is a place of stunning natural beauty. Home to tiny stone villages, wild moors and dramatic hills, there is no better place to explore the magic of the rural English countryside. From Robin Hood to the Brönte sisters, this storied landscape is steeped in history, literature, myth and legend. In this ancient region, you might find anything from prehistoric monuments to Roman ruins, towering medieval wonders, dry-stone walls or remnants of its mining and industrial past.

Hike through the magic of the Yorkshire Dales carved out of the hills, leaving lovely valleys woven by glistening rivers and dotted with stone walls, traditional barns, and flocks of sheep. Peaceful and wild, Yorkshire is an area where very little has changed over the years. Alternatively if you choose to cycle here you’ll be following in the draft of legends – this region has recently hosted both the Tour de France and World Cycling Championships.

Northumberland is the most rural and least densely-populated region in England and is home to two Areas of Outstanding Beauty. The North Pennines in the south of the county is one of them, an area hallmarked by the beautiful heather moors. The second is Northumberland’s coast, which spans over 40 miles (64 km). Here you’ll find long stretches of deserted golden sand beaches known for their biodiversity. In the northwest of the county, it gets a bit more rugged and mountainous.

Northumberland has an incredibly rich and complex history and heritage – explore battlegrounds, prehistoric sites and Roman fortifications. Northumberland is also home to majestic castles, cute market towns and relics from the industrial revolution. Both Bamburgh Castle and Alnwick Castle are incredibly picturesque and impressive fortresses, and Alnwick has filming ties to both Downton Abbey and Harry Potter.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the landscapes of the Lake District have been shaped by both nature and humans for thousands of years. Glaciers and rivers have carved out the iconic valleys and hills, leaving behind a stunningly beautiful and inspiring canvas of lakes, hills, peaks and valleys.

The Lake District a nature lover’s paradise – a place of glittering lakes, lush valleys, craggy peaks and quaint villages. The contrasting scenery of the Lake District famously inspired various authors and poets. Both William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter were moved to literary genius during their time living here, as was Alfred Wainwright, who wrote numerous guides on the region.

Visiting one of the many honey-coloured villages or historic market towns is like stepping back in time. The golden limestone that characterises the cobbled villages is also responsible for the unique landscapes. The Cotswolds as a whole is designated as an Area of Outstanding Beauty. The unspoilt countryside offers nature lovers rolling hills galore, water-meadows, grasslands and ancient beech woodlands.

The Cotswolds are great for outdoor and active holidays. With a great summer climate, hikers can have their fill with over 3,000 miles of public footpaths and sections of various long-distance trails. Road cyclists will love the abundance of quiet country lanes with magnificent views, and there is some excellent mountain biking to be had.

Icons of England

Each destination has certain iconic sites, often considered must sees. England has a plethora of heritage and natural beauty. Learn more about some of the English icons here – and how we make sure to experience them a little bit differently.

Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall runs for 80 Roman miles (73 modern miles) and is some 2,000 years old – 2022 will mark the second millennia since the start of its construction. This is perhaps one of England’s greatest heritage sites – all in a country that is full to bursting with rich heritage. Britain (largely what we know as England today) was a colony of the Roman Empire from 43 – 410 AD. From Newcastle to the Solway Firth, this massive undertaking was designed to separate Roman Britain with the lands controlled by the northern tribes. Hadrian’s Wall is home to the remains of 80 milecastles, dozens of forts, and over a hundred turrets.

The best way to properly experience what the vastness of Hadrian’s Wall would have been like during the Roman Era is by following the path alongside what remains of the monument, particularly if accompanied by an expert guide who will transport you back to another era.

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Windermere

One of the roughly 30 bodies of water in the Lake District, Windermere is the largest natural lake here – and in England in general. Part of the South Lakes part of the district, Windermere curves through the centre of the region. Fun fact – it’s simply called Windermere because ‘mere’ is Old English for ‘lake’ or ‘pool.’ While Windermere is the most famous, there are dozens of other beautiful lakes surrounded by hills and mountains. The exceptional natural beauty of the Lake District has inspired many a writer, from the guides of Alfred Wainwright to the children’s stories of Beatrix Potter and the romantic poetry of William Wordsworth.

Peaks like Scafell (England’s highest summit), St Sunday Crag and Helvellyn are all within about 15 miles of Windermere. Soak up the beauty of this inspirational area by hiking one of the hills or peaks to get an unforgettable aerial view of the lakes.

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Lindisfarne

Lindisfarne, also called Holy Island, is a tidal island clinging to the coast of Northumberland on England’s northeast coast. Jutting out into the North Sea, the tiny island of Lindisfarne is most famous for being the first place in England that was raided by the Vikings. Cross the causeway at low tide to explore the wonders of the island, from the ancient priory and the 15th century castle to the quiet beaches and windblown hills on the far side of the island.

For a unique experience, bike over the causeway to Lindisfarne, and then pedal onwards to spectacular nearby castles of Bamburgh and Alnwick. It’s amazing how many incredible sights are tucked into this northern corner of England.

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The Coast to Coast Trail

The epic Coast to Coast trail travels the entire width of England. Hikers will traverse the nation on foot from the Irish Sea to the North Sea, passing through three national parks on this 182 mile walk. Journey along the most spectacular sections of Alfred Wainwright’s great Coast to Coast trail, follow in the footsteps of literary giants through the dramatic fells of the Lake District, the green rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales and the sweeping expanses of the North Yorks Moors National Park.

This trail is the ideal way to take in the varied scenery of northern England, ticking off several of the area’s most beautiful and beloved outdoor spots.

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The Cotswolds Way

The Cotswolds region is one of the most iconic corners of England. Quintessential countryside spills out on all sides – rolling green farmlands dotted with grazing sheep, overgrown stone walls, and quaint stone villages built of the local limestone. It is a fairytale landscape lost in time. The region is connected by the Cotswolds Way, a 102-mile-long trail weaving together each patchwork piece of the Cotswolds.

One of the most well-known sites here is Broadway Tower. Broadway Tower is an 1800s folly – at the time, building follies or fake castles or ruins was very trendy. Despite is ‘Saxon’ design, Broadway Tower, the brainchild of Capability Brown, was actually built in 1799. There are so many charming villages as well as towers, follys and estates here in the Cotswolds that it is the perfect introduction to English culture and landscape.

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