Long Distance Paths

Long distance paths (LDP)

Cumbria Way
Available throughout the year

Possibly England's best kept secret. Not yet an 'official' LDP but this can only be a matter of time. Offering a variety of spectacular scenery, the 73 mile the Cumbria Way will take you from the market town of Ulverston overlooking Morecambe Bay, right through the heart of the Lake District, to Carlisle close to the Solway Firth. Cumbria Way self-guided holidays start from £470 per person including accommodation in hotels & guest houses, luggage transfer, maps and guidebook, and an emergency contact number, with options for car parking and transfers back to your start point.

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Coast to Coast
Available from 1st April to 1st October

Not a secret at all but a justifiably popular walk from the Irish Sea to the North Sea, this is Wainwright's classic Coast-to-Coast walk from St Bees on the west coast to Robin Hoods Bay on the east coast. In the course of the 190 mile Coast-to-Coast you will pass through the varied scenery of three National Parks. Beginning with a spectacular traverse of the mountains of the Lake District, the route crosses the moors and karst country of the Yorkshire Dales following beautiful Swaledale to reach the windswept North York Moors. The sensational finale of the Coast-to-Coast trail is a bracing cliff-top walk along the Cleveland Way into Robin Hoods Bay. The entire route over 12 days walking with accommodation and luggage transfer starts is £865 per person and we have options up to 17 days to really enjoy the route at your own pace. We also offer the Coast to Coast in two parts from £415 including accommodation and luggage transfer if you want to do half now and half later.

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Dales Way
Available throughout the year

The Dales Way is a delightful 78 mile walk through the Yorkshire Dales from the moors of Ilkley through the wonderful limestone country of Wharfedale and Dentdale and then skirting the Howgill Fells as you head west into south Lakeland to finish at the charming town of Bowness on Windermere. The Dales Way mostly follows river valleys and is therefore less strenuous than trails such as the Pennine Way or Coast to Coast. It is a good trail to choose if you want an introduction to Long Distance Path (LDP) walking. You can book this walk as 6,7 or 8 day options, including accommodation and luggage transfer, starting from £525 per person.

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Dales High Way
Available throughout the year

The Dales High Way is a challenging 90 mile high level route from Saltaire near Shipley to Appleby in Cumbria. During its course you will cross wild moorland, walk through the beautiful limestone dales of Malham, climb Ingleborough of Yorkshire 'Three Peaks' fame, traverse the heart of the remote Howgill Fells, and end your journey along the pretty banks of the River Eden. Longer, higher, wilder, and more challenging than the Dales Way, this is a Long Distance Path for aficionados of LDP walking. We have fixed price, easy-to-book versions of the Dales High Way over 6,7,8, or 9 day options starting from £535 per person. As with all our holidays, if you want to add extra days or personalise your itinerary, we can give you a speedy quote.

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Furness Way
Available throughout the year

The Furness Way is a little known gem which plots a meandering course through the southern fells of the Lake District. Beginning in Arnside, the way follows river valleys, crosses the high ground above Cartmel and Coniston Lake to Coniston village. From here it crosses the Walna Scar pass to reach beautiful Eskdale, one of the quietest of Lakeland Valleys. A final glorious walk over Muncaster Fell to the splendid Muncaster Castle and a descent to the coast passing one of the best preserved Roman bath houses in the country, brings you to journey's end at the charming fishing village of Ravenglass. If you want a quiet long distance path with a wide variety of scenery and a fair bit of history thrown in .... then try the Furness Way. £545 with 7 nights B&B, luggage transfer, guidebook, maps, route notes and emergency number.

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Hadrian's Wall
Available from 1st April to 1st October

The 84 mile long Hadrian's Wall Path became the 15th official National Trail of England in 2003 with the final long-negotiated agreement of access which meant the course of the monument could be followed almost entirely without sections of road walking. Since 2003 the trail has been enjoyed by thousands of walkers. Hadrian's Wall is normally walked from east to west from Wallsend in Newcastle to the salt marshes of the Solway but we can arrange your self-guided walk in either direction. Along the way you cross the Pennines following the escarpment of the Great Whin Sil. We have options to walk the Wall in 6, 7, 8 or 9 days starting from just £495 per person including accommodation in hotels country Inns & guest houses, luggage transfer, maps, guidebook and route notes, and an emergency contact number. We also have 'Best of the Wall' options walking the most spectacular and most historically interesting central section over 3, 4 or 5 days from £295.

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Howgills and Limestone Trail
Available throughout the year

Another LDP creation from David and Heather Pitt, this 76 mile trail finds a fascinating route from Kirkby Stephen to Settle travelling through the lesser visited Howgill Fells including an ascent of its highest point at 'The Calf'. Leaving the Howgills you travel through the limestone country around Ingleton and make ascents of two of the Yorkshire 'Three Peaks' - Ingleborough and Penyghent. Big views, big crags and England's highest waterfall as well as pretty villages and ancient market towns. This new walk is set to be a classic. We offer the Howgills and Limestone Trail in 7 stages (8 nights) for £550 including accommodation and door to door baggage transfer.

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Pennine Way
Available from 1st April to 1st October

Walking the Pennine Way will take you through England's finest countryside. In terms of scenic grandeur, from the Dark Peak of its Debyshire beginnings, through the spectacular limestone country of the Yorkshire Dales, the Teesdale Valleys and high fells of Alston, along Hadrian's Wall and over the Cheviots, all the way into Scotland, the Pennine Way has it all. You can walk the entire 250 odd miles in under 2 weeks or you can take a little longer to explore the scenically special areas you pass through along the way, or you can opt to complete the walk in three separate sections taking a week over each. We offer easy to book options as: 13 day, 15 day and 20 day, starting from £1085 including all accommodation, luggage transfer, maps and guidebook; or in sections (South, Central and North) of 5 days each @ £470

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The Ravenber Way
Available throughout the year

The Ravenber Way is the creation of Ron Scholes, friend of Alfred Wainwright who was encouraged by Wainwright to devise his own Coast to Coast path. And what a route he has come up with! This 210 mile Long Distance Path will take you through the best of the Lake District, across the North Pennines and up through Northumberland from Ravenglass on the Irish Sea to Berwick upon Tweed on the North Sea coast. We recommend this walk over 14 stages (15 nights) but we have a 15 day option to incorporate some suggested high level alternative routes and also a 1 week South and 1 week North itineraries. Our self-guided walking holidays covering the full Ravenber Way starts from £1245 per person including all accommodation, luggage transfers, route notes, all the maps required (worth £108) and a copy of Ron's guidebook. The one-week sections start from £725 per person.

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The Reivers Way
Available throughout the year

The Reivers Way is a remarkable tour of the border country of Northumberland. Beginning in the ancient Roman town of Corbridge and ending at the picturesque estuary village of Alnmouth, the Reivers Way has just about every type of scenery offered by rural dale, moorland, mountain and coast during its 140 mile length. There are Roman forts, medieval castles, famous lighthouses, pretty villages and quaint fishing harbours. The Reivers Way is not as popular as the Pennine Way or Hadrian's Wall, but it absolutely deserves to be. If you are looking for great walking away from the crowds, passing through constantly changing scenery and enjoying the fascinating culture, history and hospitality of Northumberland, the Reivers Way is for you! We recommend this walk over 9 stages (10 nights) @ £775 per person including accommodation and baggage transfer plus our route notes, guidebook and maps.

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Richmond Way
Available throughout the year

The 62 mile Richmond Way does not have the status of a National Trail but it is an excellent walk from the gates of Lancaster Castle to the gates of Richmond Castle. It is the invention of John Coppack who devised the route over several years. We offer the Richmond Way over 6 stages (7 nights) for £525 including accommodation, baggage transfer, maps and guidebook.

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Wainwright's Pennine Journey
Available from 1st April to 1st October

In September 1938 just a year before the outbreak of World War II, Alfred Wainwright made a solitary walk through the Pennines. His original 'Pennine Journey has been recreated by David and Heather Pitt and other members of the Wainwright Society using todays' rights of way, to give a 247 mile circuit of the Pennine country starting and finishing in Settle and reaching as far north as Hadrian's Wall. We offer various options to complete Wainwright's Pennine Journey in three week-long or two 9-day sections from £485 per person including accommodation, door to door baggage transfer, maps and guidebook. Or tackle the whole route in 18 days for £1455.

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Westmorland Way
Available throughout the year

From Appleby in the Pennines to Arnside on Morecambe Bay, the 95 mile Westmorland Way plots a meandering course through what was the county of Westmorland, which formed the north-eastern sector of present day Cumbria. The trail is predominantly a low level route using river valleys and low passes to navigate its course through the mountains of the Lake District. Along the way you will travel through a tremendous variety of landscape from pastoral fields and wooded river dells to open moor and rugged mountain passes. We offer the Westmorland Way as a 7, 8 or 9 day option from £615 per person including accommodation in hotels country Inns & guest houses, secure baggage transfer, maps, guidebook and our route notes.

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