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England - Dorset, Devon & the Lakes - Walking Holiday

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Region: Europe // Dates: 31 August–16 September 2018 (16 nights)
England - Dorset, Devon & the Lakes Walking Holiday

This 17 day ramble through the English countryside is sure to delight the senses, as we explore Dorset and Devon’s rugged coastline then the Lake District verdant fells. Travelling from south west to north west England, feel the history beneath your feet on day walks to headlands, coves and through lush, green countryside. Our journey starts on the Jurassic Coast, the first wholly natural World Heritage Site to be designated in the UK. On sections of the South West Coast Path, we begin with short walks through 185 million years of history, with rocks and fossils dating to the Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous periods. From here we travel to the ancient city of Exeter, on the River Exe, to explore the beauty of the Dartmoor National Park. Winding our way through County Devon we spend two nights on the Exmoor Heritage Coast, and continue our exploration of nearby Exmoor National Park. Our journey heads north with overnight in the ancient city of Bath. We have time to explore the town’s 18th century Georgian architecture with a visit to the iconic Royal Crescent, the Circle and Roman Baths. Continuing via Manchester, we settle into the Lake District for our eight night’s immersion in this area. Our base is the Lindeth Howe Country House, nestled on a hillside overlooking Lake Windermere. Here we spend our days exploring some of UK’s most breathtaking scenery, steeped in history and literary associations. Wandering the fells of Cumbria and its many lakes, we also make time for lazy pub lunches and a taste of England’s real ale. As the great William Shakespeare said “This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England”

Overview

This 17 day ramble through the English countryside is sure to delight the senses, as we explore Dorset and Devon’s rugged coastline then the Lake District verdant fells. Travelling from south west to north west England, feel the history beneath your feet on day walks to headlands, coves and through lush, green countryside. Our journey starts on the Jurassic Coast, the first wholly natural World Heritage Site to be designated in the UK. On sections of the South West Coast Path, we begin with short walks through 185 million years of history, with rocks and fossils dating to the Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous periods. From here we travel to the ancient city of Exeter, on the River Exe, to explore the beauty of the Dartmoor National Park. Winding our way through County Devon we spend two nights on the Exmoor Heritage Coast, and continue our exploration of nearby Exmoor National Park. Our journey heads north with overnight in the ancient city of Bath. We have time to explore the town’s 18th century Georgian architecture with a visit to the iconic Royal Crescent, the Circle and Roman Baths. Continuing via Manchester, we settle into the Lake District for our eight night’s immersion in this area. Our base is the Lindeth Howe Country House, nestled on a hillside overlooking Lake Windermere. Here we spend our days exploring some of UK’s most breathtaking scenery, steeped in history and literary associations. Wandering the fells of Cumbria and its many lakes, we also make time for lazy pub lunches and a taste of England’s real ale. As the great William Shakespeare said “This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England”

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Explore the geological wonders of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast
  • Discover Devon’s wild heart with walks through Dartmoor & Exmoor national parks
  • Stay a night in the city of Bath, known for its natural hot springs & Georgian architecture
  • Travel to England’s largest National Park, the Lake District, World Heritage listed in 2017
  • Enjoy a week of day walks to breathtaking lakes, soaring fells & verdant valleys
  • Explore the world of children’s writer, Beatrix Potter, one of the Lake District’s most passionate conservationists
  • Stay in charming English cities, enjoying a variety of accommodation from picturesque B&Bs to country houses

Details

Details:

31 August–16 September 2018 (16 nights)

Twin share/person (ex Bournemouth, ends Manchester)
Advanced Early Bird: A$7,360 until 23/02/2018
Early Bird: A$7,560 until 03/05/2018
Regular: A$7,860
Single Supplement: A$1,650
Note: For guests who request a single room the single supplement will be charged. For single people who prefer to share, we will try to find a suitable room-mate, but if this is not possible the single supplement surcharge will apply.

Minimum Group Size: 7 guests

Special Interest:
Botanical, Wildlife, History, Geology

Walk Rating:
Easy to Moderate: 3–15km per walking day with some challenging options. Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.

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  • David Heap

    David was brought up in the north of England where his first experience walking was with his school’s hiking club. From there, he spent much of his time in the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District, North Wales, various parts of Scotland and the South of England. He has spent time underground exploring the subterranean wilderness in England, France and Tasmania. After emigrating in 1988 he found many new caves within the pristine rainforests of the West Coast and nurtured a passion for Tasmania’s beauty, both above ground and underground! In recent years David has returned to the UK to walk the Pembrokeshire Coast Walk, the Coast to Coast, the Cape Wrath Trail and parts of the Pennine Way. He has walked extensively throughout Tasmania and New Zealand and has called Flinders Island home for the past 11 years. His interests include geology, flora and fauna of the areas visited and sharing his passion for bushwalking.

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