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Best Walks of England and Wales

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Total Duration: 10 days

This itinerary shows that there is some fine walking afoot in England and Wales. It starts in the Lake District, famous for its varied hikes and beautiful mountains, moves to the grand house gardens and rugged trails of the Peak District, and finishes on the ground of Wales' windswept castles. For travelers who like to take it slow, this trip is a fine way to explore distinctive British landscapes.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Architecture
  • Natural Beauty
  • History
Days 1-3
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1 Lake District

Hiking and Literary Landscapes

  • Blackwell, a turn-of-the-century home in Windermere, boasts an arts and crafts feel
  • Hike the trails of the District, from mountaineering to leisurely ambles
  • The homes of famous writers are two for a penny here, including Beatrix Potter's and Wordsworth's
  • Architecture
  • Natural Beauty
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Days 4-6
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2 Peak District

Stunning Landscapes, Magnificent Manors

  • The stone mansion at Hardwick Hall evokes Elizabethan England
  • Haddon Hall is thought of as the prototypical English manor house, with marble monuments and intricate plasterwork
  • Chatsworth House is no slouch either—this Palladian manor is known as the Palace of the Peak
  • Natural Beauty
  • History
  • Architecture
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Days 7-9
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3 North Wales

Ancient Castles and Mountain Hikes

  • At the ruins of Conwy Castle, the 13th-century fortress, you can explore the turrets and towers of an iconic building then pop into the adorable town of Conwy
  • The hiking is grand in Snowdonia National Park, from oak woods to moorlands
  • Glorious Bodnant Garden is just 5 mi/8 km south of Conwy
  • Architecture
  • Natural Beauty
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