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Hike in the best scenery to be found in Scotland and England on this unique tour of 4 National Parks.
In Scotland, we will hike in the wild Highlands in the Cairngorms and then Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. We then head to England to explore Northumberland, the charming and rugged Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.
They may be relatively small areas, but the National Parks are incredibly diverse. In the Cairngorms, you will find vast rolling mountains with glens filled in by heather and pine forests. In Loch Lomond and the Trossachs silvery lochs and rugged green peaks await you. Moving on to England we find moors and fields lined with stone walls and old barns. Finally in the Lake District – a recently designated UNESCO World Heritage Site – we hike on the fells that inspired the romanticist poetry of William Wordsworth.
We spend at least 2 nights in each location, staying in charming country inns and hotels. During each day you will be accompanied by an expert guide experienced in hiking in each of these regions as we venture to the summits of fine hills and mountains.
We meet at the train station in the small town of Aviemore, in the Cairngorms National Park. We begin with a local hike over Meall a Buachaille. The route first takes us through a pass with beautiful pine forest before we reach a small bothy at the head of the pass. We climb steeply but steadily from here on a good trail all the way to the summit. Completing the circuit, we then transfer across the National Park to the pretty village of Ballater in Royal Deeside. (L, D)
Walk details: 9km/ 6 miles | 550m/ 1800 ft ascent | approx. 4-5 hours
The peak of Lochnagar in Royal Deeside is thought by many to be the finest in the Cairngorms. Its northern flank boasts spectacular cliffs that perfectly frame the small loch that gives the mountain its name. There are many options for great hikes in the shadow of Lochnagar, ranging from a circuit of the loch to hikes up the various peaks surrounding it, including Connacraig, which offers outstanding views. Of course, there’s also Lochnagar itself. Our guide will select a route to best show off the qualities of this beautiful glen and the princely peaks that surround it. (B, L, D)
Walk details: From 12km–20km/7-12 miles | up to 930m/ 3051 ft ascent | approx. 4-7 hours
(depending on the route choice)
This morning we enjoy a final Cairngorms hike, starting near the village of Braemar. We do a low-level circuit through the nearby glens and woods. Starting with a wonderful waterfall our hike takes us up Glen Quoich. We hike through a deep cleft in the hillside which brings us into Glen Lui, finishing near the Linn o’ Dee waterfall. We then head south as we transfer to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Our accommodation is in the village of Luss nestled on the shore of the loch. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 16km/ 10 miles | 400m/ 1300 ft ascent | approx. 5 hours
Leaving the village we strike up a grassy ridge. The ascent is slow and steady from the start. Near the top, it levels off for a bit and the views over Loch Lomond and its many wooded islands is nothing short of stunning. On the summit, the loch views are replaced by mountain vistas as we look north towards the Arrochar Alps and across the loch to Ben Lomond. We return to Luss and have some free time to explore the village. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 12km/ 7 miles | 725m/ 2378 ft ascent | approx. 4-5 hours
Today we hike up an iconic peak that the author Sir Walter Scott claimed offered the finest views in all of Scotland. This is a local favourite which follows a well-established trail. The ascent takes us through mixed forest and then onto open ground with views across the Southern Highlands. The final ascent is steep but the views are worth it. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 14km/ 9 miles | 725m/ 2378 ft ascent | approx. 5-6 hours
Today will be a leisurely transfer south across the border into England. We also cross the historic border of the Roman Empire, still visible in the ruins of Hadrian’s Wall. After lunch we start walking from the remains of Housesteads Roman Fort. Our hike takes us to one of the best-preserved and most scenic spots on the wall – Sycamore Gap – which has featured on the big screen many times. After the hike, a short transfer takes us our third National Park – the Yorkshire Dales. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 6km/ 4 miles | 150m/ 490 ft ascent | approx. 2 hours
Today we head to the village of Askrigg in beautiful Wensleydale where we will hike high along the valley walls to the village of Aysgarth. Here, we admire Aysgarth Falls before wandering back to Askrigg along the peaceful riverside, stopping at a local tearoom for lunch. In the afternoon we will be treated to a private sheepdog demonstration which captures the incredible bond shared between the farmer and his dogs. This is a wonderfully unique and memorable experience. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 18km/ 11 miles | 320m/ 1050 ft ascent | approx. 5-6 hours
An early start today, and we begin hiking in the Eden Valley, which is dominated by the limestone plateau at Orton and Great Asby. With the remains of ancient stone circles and forts, there is plenty to see as we wind our way across the natural limestone pavements. Back in Orton, we visit the local chocolate shop before we transfer west into the Lake District. This afternoon we’ll visit Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s 17th-century farmhouse. (B,L,D)
Walk details: 6km/ 4 miles | 200m/ 650 ft ascent | approx. 2 hours
Today we’ll hike to St Sunday Crag in the Eastern Fells. We’ll follow a long ridge that takes us to a craggy summit with dramatic gullies and beautiful views to the ridges of Helvellyn. Then a ridge followed by a steep climb takes us over Cofa Pike to Fairfield. We’ll descend to Grisedale Tarn, and then hiking back down the valley we admire the rocky crags on either side. Back at the comfortable inn we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner this evening. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 15km/ 9 miles | 750m/ 2460 ft ascent | approx. 5 – 6 hours
After breakfast this morning we’ll stroll a short distance to board a traditional steamer that will ferry us halfway up Ullswater to Howtown. From here we’ll hike back to Glenridding. We’ll pass through forests and over rocky beaches, following the shoreline of the lake and enjoying the view as we go. There will be time to stop for lunch at a local café before arriving back at the van. We’ll then transfer to Penrith Railway Station to end the trip. (B, L)
Walk details: 11km/ 7 miles | 250m/ 820 ft ascent | approx. 4 hours
This walking holiday is based from a variety of welcoming accommodations from award-winning pubs and inns to a grand lakeside hotel.
Accommodation is a choice of double or twin rooms with ensuite facilities. If you require a single room see below.
There is no single person supplement charged to solo travellers however you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you wish to reserve a double room for single occupancy a supplement of £495 is charged.
Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, single supplements are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.
This trip is ‘All-Inclusive’ meaning all meals are provided from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 10.
Great food is of paramount importance on all Wilderness England trips and we will enjoy excellent regional cooking throughout this all-inclusive trip.
On this trip, we generally eat dinner as a group however if you would like to make alternative arrangements you are free to do so. Your guide will have an evening off during this trip where they do not eat with the group. They will recommend options for dinner that evening and will help you make any necessary reservations.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland/England Guide at Aviemore Railway Station at 10:00am on Day 1 of your trip. The trip will finish and you will be dropped at Penrith Railway Station at 5.00pm on the final day. Your guide will meet you in the centre of the station. It is a small station so your guide should be easy to find and holding a Wilderness sign.
If you would like to use your own vehicle on the trip please get in touch with our team to discuss.
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Blue Graded Walking Holidays
Blue graded walking holidays are suitable for fit and experienced hikers. We walk at a good pace and you can expect to be out for 6-8 hours a day. You will not always be on a path and the terrain underfoot can be rough and boggy, including boulder fields and mountain tops. Some of the daily walks will involve a mountain ascent of over 3000ft / 900m high. Daily distances will be typically up to 16km but may be longer occasionally. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.