Discover England beyond London

Cotswolds Village Trail

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of England? If you said the London Eye or a red, double-decker bus, it’s time to expand your horizons! There is so much to see and explore in England outside of the capital city. There are experiences awaiting you in the towns, mountains and dales of England that will utterly charm you.

Here are just a couple of our favorite adventures for enjoying England beyond London:

Coast to Coast Walk

Coast to Coast Walk

If you only do one visit to England, and you really want to go all out and see as much as you can on foot, this coast-to-coast trip is the one for you. The walk originates from a

1973 book by British fellwalker and guidebook author Alfred Wainwright, though it has been amended in the ensuing years.

You’ll begin your 15-night journey in the small coastal village of St Bees, where it’s recommended that you dip your feet in the Irish Sea. From there, you’ll traverse the stunning Lake District National Park in Northwest England, the very land that inspired the poetry of Wordsworth. You’ll then pass through the picturesque hills of the Yorkshire Dales and the dramatic heather landscape of the North York Moors before ending your walk on another dramatic and scenic coast.

On your travel days, you’ll walk anywhere from 8 to 18 miles, and you’ll also have the option of adding rest days so you can further explore the charming villages and towns you pass through. You’ll even have the opportunity to visit Dove Cottage, where Wordsworth lived and wrote much of his best poetry, including “I wandered Lonely as a Cloud.”

Cotswolds Villages Trail

Coast to Coast Walk 2

There are few places in the world that so perfectly combine naturally beautiful landscape with fascinating history and charming village life as the Cotswolds. The hamlets and towns that dot this tour exude charm from their very stone walls.

Over a seven day trip, you’ll explore a string of lovely sites, including some memorable historic churches. One of our favorites stops is Clapton-on-the-Water, a village with a tiny historic church that is only six paces wide and eight paces from front to back. You’ll love the idyllic countryside, the grand castles and their classic gardens—including Sudeley Castle, the final resting place of  the sixth wife of Henry VIII.