Without wishing to sound too much like a representative from Visit England there is surely not a better time to visit the English countryside and enjoy a walking holiday. Holidays abroad are still expensive (more so for what the Euro has done to local prices than getting there) and is also a right hassle to get there, particularly if you have a family. Yes the weather may be more reliable but if you are nor someone who simply worships the sun a bit of variable weather does not matter and in many ways adds to the enjoyment.
What a walking holiday does offer is a good price and a choice to suit most people. Petrol may be becoming prohibitive and environmentally damaging but if you are out walking this really does not matter. Better still is to take the increasingly popular option of walking between places, taking your time and staying in different villages each night. Throw in Bed and Breakfast for anything from £30 per night and the holiday starts to tick all the boxes; it is good value, interesting, healthy and incredibly satisfying. Don’t ignore the opportunities to take a bus or the train rather than drive to a walk start – it is not always possible but in many cases it is.
I mentioned choice. A stay can either be in a typical comfortable B & B, one of the burgeoning number of splendid Country Houses of consistently high quality, country inns or take the self catering option, save more money and stay in a cottage, a campsite, lodge or even a caravan. Cottages for example are not what they were when I grew up, many are now of extremely high quality and and a lovely place to rest those weary limbs in the evening. I have taken a motorhome out and about in Scotland on a few occasions and the family loved it.
The options are endless, if you are less keen on walking every day just pick and choose your day; if the weather is poor there is now plenty to see and do in the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District, much more than there used to be. However holidays in the countryside are all about being out and about, walking and the satisfaction of taking and completing a good walk. I have spent all my life taking holidays in the UK; whether with my own family, my mates or in the past when my parents used to take a cottage in the Lake District for a week or two.
Have a look at the holiday options that we haveat Where2walk; weekend breaks, longer holidays or even just hiring a guide for a day or two so that you can walk somewhere you may not confidently do on your own.
I just hope the wonderful spring weather we are enjoying at the moment will encourage many more people to consider a walking holiday or even a short break in our glorious countryside.
Buses & Trains . Save on cost and hassle by looking at the Buses and Train options
Why go walking? Many good reasons to get off your backside and get out and about
Fell Top Assessors. What do they do and how are they funded
Windfarms – simply no need. As wind farms continue to be built why are we doing it?
Inspired by Autumn Watch? Some photography of animals in the countryside and the pleasures of limestone walking
Extending the National Parks. Views and news on the decision to extend the national parks of the Lakes & Dales
Using a map to navigate. Why using a map and compass adds so much to a good walk.
Walks for the family. How to educate your children to enjoy the great outdoors.
Away from the Crowds. Some tips and suggestions on where to still find peace and solitude when many walks are crowded out.
My favourite villages in the Dales. The villages in the Yorkshire Dales which are extra special.
Delighting in photos. Why it is so easy to enjoy photography these days.
More than just a walking heaven. Different reasons why people take to the fells and dales.
Watch out for the little blighters. Sheep ticks continue to be a growing menace.
Map Reading Skills on the decline. Impact of new technology on traditional navigation.
Hidden Yorkshire Dales. The joys of walking in my favourite lesser known dales.
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