Your host, John Greenwood, will design your tour to match your interests. The format is a combination of walks and sightseeing visits. Each walk is around 5-7 miles usually on alternate days, typically lasting 2-3 hours so not too taxing with the rest of the day for sightseeing.
The list of possible walks and places to visit to choose from is almost endless. You could walk a stretch of Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland and then visit the Roman fort in Vindolanda. You could walk along the North Cornwall coast at St Ives where the special light attracted a colony of artists then walk across the causeway at low tide to visit the former monastery perched on its own island at St Michel's Mount. You can walk between the stone age man made Silbury Hill along the former processional route to the stone circle at Avebury in Wiltshire before visiting Lacock Abbey where the cloisters doubled as the quadrangle at Hogwart's in Harry Potter films and then have a drink in the bar at the Red Lion in Lacock village above which Darcy and Miss Bennett attended their first social event in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice in the iconic BBC production. You could walk along the former railway Monsal Trail across viaducts and through tunnels in the Derbyshire Peak District before seeing the majestic Chatsworth House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. You can walk along the white cliffs of Dover before going round Dover Castle which spans Norman times to the Second World War from where the defence of English Channel was controlled.
You can walk across Thomas Telford's 18th century suspension bridge that links the Isle of Anglesey to Wales on the road from London to Dublin via the ferry at Holyhead before ascending Mount Snowdon via the mountain railway and walking back down. You can walk up to the monument that commemorates where William Wallace defeated the English before going round Stirling Castle, home to Scottish kings. You can go round the cottage in the Lake District where Beatrix Potter wrote Peter Rabbit before walking round the waters of idyllic Tarn Hows. You can see where the Enigma Code was cracked at Bletchley Park before walking along the nearby tree lined Grand Union canal and enjoying a canalside pub meal. You can walk a stretch of the ancient Ridgeway, used for centuries to cross southern England, seeing the ancient White Horse carved into the side of chalk upland overlooking the Vale of White Horse before going to visit the railway museum at Swindon where Isambard Kingdom Bruenel's Great Western railway engines were built in the pioneering days of the age of steam.
You can walk round Stratford on Avon, Shakespeare's birth place in the heart of England then see a production at the Royal Shakespeare theatre in the evening. You can visit the Chedworth Roman villa before walking between the pretty thatched roofed Cotswold villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter and on to Bourton in the Water. London can be included. A walk along the Regent's canal skirting Regent's Park shows the city from a tranquil, unusual perspective. A walk along the Thames riverside path from old Rotherhithe past Tower Bridge and along the south bank to Westminster Bridge is steeped in history with incomparable views of London landmarks.
You could do all of these, some of these and many others besides as there are so many possibilities. You might want to stay in one area or see something of different parts of the country. You might want more emphasis on walks than visits or vice versa. The choice is yours. As well as hosting customized tours, including walks, I am a walker in my spare time so I know the country's byways as well as the well known sights and the history that goes with them.
Some of the walks may be circular. Others may be linear in which case I will meet you by car at the other end so you needn't retrace your steps. In the evening there will be a pub meal in one of the many inns which provide both good food and fine ales. At some point we will fit in a cream tea.
Taking your interests into account, I will make suggestions and, with your feedback, put together a tour outline and costing including vehicle and quality B&B accommodation. Once agreed, I will arrange the bookings and meet you at the airport on your arrival in the UK, accompanying you thereafter. The aim is to provide an unforgettable experience and memories to cherish. Having successfully provided customized tours for over a decade 'your wish is my command'.
Each tour is individually costed with each element identified to enable modification if required.
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