Walking tour of Britain

Walking Britain

In September 2017 Neal from Travel & Adventure 195 will be escorting a walking tour to four of the UK’s best walking areas – The stunning Peak District, the beautiful Lake District, rugged North Wales and the picturesque Yorkshire Dales.

The 13 day walking tour will depart from Kensington, London on the 11th September, 2017. You will have 2 full days of walking in each area, taking different walks each day. If the weather is bad or you don’t want to walk on any day there will be the opportunity to visit some local landmarks (forgotten by the major tour groups, but hidden gems) such as the Llechwedd Slate Caverns and beautiful Chatsworth House.

If you would like to join Neal on this fascinating and fun tour and would like more information please contact Travel 195 to register your interest. 





DAY 1:

Monday 11th September.
Meet Neal in London at 9.30am or in Chesterfield at 1pm. Drive to the picturesque village of Hathersage in the Peak District. Settle in at the George Hotel and the take a stroll up to Millstone or Curbar Edge. 
Overnight Hathersage.

DAY 2:

Tuesday 12th September
After a lovely English breakfast we drive to the small village of Edale to start our walk over Kinder Scout, the sight of the first mass trespass in 1932. As with a lot of the walks we will be doing over the next few days, the first section of today’s walk is quite steep to get us to the top of the hills, but once up, we follow the edge of the moorland on our right and we can look down into the valley on the left for some spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. We then cross Kinder Scout to Kinder Falls where we follow the edge of the escarpment and then make our way back down following the Pennine Way.
Overnight Hathersage [Breakfast, Packed Lunch]

DAY 3:

Wednesday 13th September
Today weather permitting, we should get some fantastic views from our walks. After breakfast we will drive to the south of the Peak District to a place called Dove Dale (Dale being an open Valley) and follow the river through this limestone valley to a small village called Milldale and then circle back. The limestone cliffs along this walk were one of my favourite climbing areas when I was a lot younger!!!  No climbing required today though. After this pleasant stroll, if we all want to we’ll then drive to the Roaches and do a circuit route along the clifftop up to Hen Cloud where if the weather is good to us you will get a panoramic view of the valley below.
Overnight Hathersage – [Breakfast, Packed Lunch]



DAY 4:

Thursday 14th September
Today we bid farewell to Hathersage and set off for the Yorkshire Dales. But first we will spend the morning at Chatsworth House* before heading up to Settle in the Yorkshire Dales where we will spend the next 3 nights. Settle is a small market town which is thought to have 7th Century Anglian origins and was granted a market charter in 1249.
Overnight Settle – [Breakfast]

*Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. There is plenty to discover within the 105 acre garden, including permanent sculptures, famous waterworks including the 300 year old Cascade, the trough waterfall in the rockery and the enormous gravity-fed Emperor fountain. As well as the huge maze, the rockery and the rose, cottage and kitchen gardens, there are also over five miles of walks with rare trees, shrubs, streams and ponds to discover. 

DAY 5:

Friday 15th September
Today we will drive just up the road to Horton in Ribblesdale where we will leave the bus and walk through the village to Horton station. Here we cross the railway, climb over a few stiles and wander through some fields with a couple of the local sheep as company,  until we find a limestone path which we will follow around the southern slopes of Simon Fell. We will then head up to the ridge line where, towards the top, the path becomes much steeper and we clamber up until we reach the ridge line and then along to the trig point on top of Ingleborough. 
Overnight Settle – [Breakfast, packed lunch]

DAY 6:

Saturday 16th September
Today we experience one of the more popular and prettiest walks in the Yorkshire Dales - Malham Cove and Gordale Scar. It starts off as a pleasant stroll following the river to Janets Foss and then out on to a lane way to Gordale Scar where weather permitting, we can climb out to the top to get some spectacular views or, if the weather isn’t accommodating we can take a different route to Malham Cove. We approach the Cove from above where some of the Harry Potter films were filmed and then down around the side to see this mighty limestone Cove, and if we’re lucky we might even see some climbers doing their stuff in this popular climbing area.
Overnight Settle – [Breakfast, packed lunch]



DAY 7:

Sunday 17th September
Today we set off for the stunning Lake District. The drive will take us past the Village of Lonsdale Kirkby - an historic market town between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. Here we will stop for a quick wander around the town which is an ancient settlement where Romans, Saxons, Normans and Danes have all carved an impression. The town was included in the Domesday Book of 1086. A host of 17th and 18th Century buildings now accommodate inns, restaurants and shops. Spanning the River Lune is a three arched bridge, called Devil’s Bridge, which is probably 12th or 13th Century, and is now a scheduled ancient monument. After lunch in one of the many inns or cafes we will drive on to Wasdale Head on the western side of the Lake District.
Overnight Wasdale Head – [Breakfast]

DAY 8:

Monday 18th September
Being on the western side of the Lake District we will take the nicer walk up to Scafell Pike and Scafell. The day starts with a gentle climb and gets a bit steeper as we go along, but the ever expanding views of Pikes Crag and Scafell Crag give you plenty of motivation to carry on. As we get closer to Scafell Pike a rough but easy path takes us to the top, then along to Scafell. A great place to sit back, enjoy our packed lunch and soak in the spectacular scenery all around us. On the descent you will have a birds’ eye view of the limestone walls separating all the small farming fields.
Overnight Wasdale Head – [Breakfast, Packed Lunch]

DAY 9:

Tuesday 19th September
Today we head north up to the Great Gable, one of the more central hills of the area and a classic Lake District walk. This has an excellent climb from Wasdale Head up to Sty Head before a long steep climb up to the summit – once there you will have great views of the beautiful hills and lakes (weather permitting!!) before heading back down for a well-earned pint.
Overnight Wasdale Head – [Breakfast, Packed Lunch]



DAY 10:

Wednesday 20th September
After another sumptuous breakfast we leave the Lake District via Kendal for a long drive (in the UK that is) down to Llanberis in Snowdonia - we might even stop in a motorway service station - a real highlight of driving in the UK!! North Wales is where I have my best memories for all outdoor activities, so I’m looking forward to introducing you to the wonders of this area. If we have time we could stop at Caernarfon Castle - the largest in North Wales and where the investiture of the Prince of Wales took place in 1969.
Overnight Llanberis – [Breakfast]

DAY 11:

Thursday 21st September
Today’s walk involves some high rocky mountain tracks, and depending on the weather when we get to the split in the track we will either head up or head down. If the skies are clear we will do the Snowden Horseshoe via Crib Goch, if however things are looking murky we will carry on along the less craggy PYG track to the summit and then on to Y Lliwedd and back to the car park.
Overnight – [Breakfast, Packed Lunch]

DAY 12:

Friday 22nd September
Depending on the weather conditions we will drive round to the Ogwen Valley and have a go at walking up Tryfan and Glyder Fawr which involves a lot of relatively steep scrambling but this is one of the favourite walks amongst walkers in the UK. Tonight we can all celebrate our walking holiday, swap stories and dream about the next great walking holiday.
Overnight – [Breakfast, Packed Lunch]

DAY 13:

Saturday 23rd September
Today it’s farewell as we drive back to London. Neal will be able to drop people off at a train station or take them back to London.

Cost is $3575pp* twin share (single supplement available). *Cost includes transport between walking areas; 12 nights’ accommodation in local pubs, guesthouses & B&Bs; 12 breakfasts; packed lunches most days; daily guided walks. Depending on weather, the itinerary may vary.

*Price is subject to minimum number of participants being met. Travel 195 reserves the right to cancel the tour if minimum numbers are not met. In this instance all monies paid by participants would be refunded.