Escape from it all on a self-guided, non-group walking holiday in England, on which you walk at your own pace from one delightful guesthouse or country hotel to the next. We transfer yourluggage and provide maps as well as our highly praised route notes, the rest is up to you.
Inntravel’s walking holidays in England are about seeing an area ‘up close’, rather than bagging peaks. That’s what we mean by a Slow holiday, so take time as you walk to appreciate the views or visit a stately home or castle. There’s no luggage to weigh you down, and, with no group, it’s you who sets the pace and decides when to take a break. You can rely on us to find charming accommodation and to provide lovingly researched route notes to get you there, so unwind and enjoy…
We mostly use small, friendly guesthouses, pubs and B&Bs with just a handful of rooms each, meaning we are unable to accommodate large parties. In some places we use country hotels which, though larger, still offer a similarly warm, enthusiastic welcome and a sense of intimacy.
We may be biased, but we think we offer some of the best walking holidays in England. With over thirty years’ experience of putting together walking holidays, we are among the leading specialists. For us, the best walking holidays in England feature fabulous scenery, well-researched routes, hand-picked accommodation, and great food – all of which are hallmarks of Inntravel holidays.
Our selection of English walking holidays ranges from Northumberland to the South Downs, and from Norfolk in the east to Shropshire in the west, with plenty in between, including the Yorkshire Dales, the Thames Valley, Dorset and the Peak District. So, whether you want your walking holiday in England to be coastal or castle-themed, rich in wildlife or simply winning views, we have something to suit. Below are some of the highlights from our selection.
Seascapes of North Norfolk (grade 1 - easy)
Why we think it’s one of the best walking holidays in England: there’s plenty of interest along the routes, making it about more than just the walking
Featuring top-notch accommodation, this is a holiday with broad appeal – besides the glorious coastline, there’s a wealth of wildlife, making it great for nature lovers, plus there are beautiful medieval churches, sleepy fishing villages and the vast estates of Sandringham and Holkham for those who like history and architecture. View our Norfolk walking holiday >
The Northumberland Coast & its Castles (grade 1 - easy)
Why we think it’s one of the best walking holidays in England: it offers a winning combination of beaches, castles, wildlife and scenic routes
There’s a different castle to visit practically every day on this holiday: impressive Warkworth, grand Alnwick Castle and its colourful gardens, romantically ruined Dunstanburgh, and brooding Bamburgh. These, combined with alluring coastal scenery – long sweeps of sand backed by dunes – and the chance to spot puffins and other seabirds, make for a varied and enjoyable holiday. View our Northumberland walking holiday >
Heart of the Yorkshire Dales (grade 2 - moderate)
Why we think it’s one of the best walking holidays in England: rewarding routes, fabulous views and waterfalls aplenty
Wensleydale combines everything you associate with the Yorkshire Dales – picturesque green hills criss-crossed with drystone walls, fast-flowing rivers, wide-open views and pretty villages of sturdy stone houses – with the added attraction of several impressive waterfalls, including famous Aysgarth Falls, and crumbling castles. All in all, a great choice if you’re looking for moderate-level walking. View our Yorkshire Dales walking holiday >
How our walking holidays in England are graded
Most of our English walking holidays are at the lower end of the scale, with our Norfolk, Northumberland and Thames Path holidays being particularly easy (and therefore great choices if you are looking for a walking holiday in England for beginners). If you prefer slightly fuller days of walking, across more undulating countryside, opt for the Yorkshire Dales, Shropshire or the Peak District. To be sure of choosing the walking holiday in England that is right for you, read how we grade them below.
Generally easy walking with few ascents / descents, but perhaps the occasional long day.
Easy-to-moderate walking with some ascents / descents, and occasional longer days.
Moderate walking on varied terrain, with some long days and regular ascents / descents.
Moderate-to-challenging walking on more rugged terrain with significant ascents / descents on most days. Compass skills may be required (check the individual holiday).
Challenging hikes, featuring long days with significant ascent / descent on challenging terrain. Compass skills may be required.
Choice of easier or harder routes, so that you can tailor most days to your requirements.
What to expect from your walking holiday in England
We want you to enjoy your time away to the full so, like all Inntravel holidays, our walking holidays in England consist of three key ingredients: unspoiled landscapes; carefully selected accommodation of character where a warm welcome awaits; and good food.
Detailed route information
We take extra care to provide you with clear, coherent route notes that we update regularly. Including useful tips about places to visit, Inntravel route guides give you more time to focus on the simple pleasures of walking, discovering the natural landscape at your own pace and soaking up the local ambience.
Holidays tailored for you
Because you explore independently on an Inntravel holiday, you can personalise the arrangements. Pick a holiday, then decide when to start, how long to stay (you can add extra nights) and how to get there. Then we take care of the details – from train, ferry or flight bookings to hotel and taxi reservations.
The walking specialists
We’ve been seeking out the finest routes in Europe and beyond since 1984. If you’ve travelled with us before, you’ll already appreciate our knowledge and expertise. If you are new to Inntravel and have a question about walking holidays, please get in touch. Our friendly experts are waiting to share their enthusiasm and knowledge.