6 of the Best Ideas & Destinations for Walking Holidays

Do you enjoy a gentle stroll through the countryside? Or perhaps a hike in the mountains is your idea of fun. Whatever kind of walking activities you love the most, there’s an abundance of them in England and Wales – and walking holidays are the best way to enjoy them.

Walking holidays aren’t just great for getting those steps in. They’re perfect for immersing yourself in the surroundings and relaxing your mind. Looking for something to keep the kids occupied for hours? Walking is also one of the best family activities. Plus, it’s free to do! 

Across the country, you’ll find a variety of walking holiday destinations that fit the bill. You can also stay at the heart of these spots in a luxury retreat – which is ideal for putting your feet up after a day of exploring. 

So, if you’re undecided on where to book your next walking holiday? Check out these great walking holiday ideas and destinations to inspire your choice. 

  • Get the best views in The Lake District

The Lake District is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful walking holiday destinations in the UK. England’s largest National Park is home to a diverse range of landscapes and communities, each with a unique charm. 

There are walking routes scattered throughout the lakes. One of the favourites for a gentle stroll is Tarn Hows Circular Walk. This 3km ramble takes you past the lake and spectacular grassy moors. You also have a stunning view of Lakeland Fells. It takes about an hour, and your furry friends are welcome to join in. 

For a tougher hike, head to Blencathra in the north of the region. It’ll take around four hours, and you can choose from six peaks (the tallest is Hallsfell Top at 868m). While you’ll need a bit of stamina to reach the top, you won’t be disappointed once you get there. Just remember to choose a clear day – otherwise, the mist will obscure the view.  

  • Take it easy in the Cotswolds 

The Cotswolds is renowned for its picturesque landscapes and pretty honey-hued villages. It’s also the perfect place to enjoy gentle walks with a delicious pub lunch to celebrate. 

Many of these strolls take place along the Cotswold Way. This 102-mile trail extends from the market town of Chipping Campden to the beautiful city of Bath. 

Walking its western edge, you’ll enjoy views of woodland, picture-perfect villages and rolling hills. The route is suitable for all abilities and is well marked as part of the National Trail. However, if you’re considering a long jaunt, don’t forget your walking boots to make the walk more comfortable. 

  • Challenge yourself in the Peak District

Anyone looking for the ultimate challenge on a walking holiday should head to the Peak District. This destination is brimming with trails that meander through beautiful moorland and limestone dales. To top off the experience, climbing Kinder Scout is a rewarding yet challenging feat. 

As the Peak District’s highest point, you will admire some of the most spectacular views. Getting there will take some navigation around its grit stone and steep rocks. It’s a moderate to challenging climb, so be aware of the advice before attempting it. All that said, it’s well worth it once you reach the top.

  • Take the kids to Yorkshire

Yorkshire is home to various walking routes and treks, many suitable for families. One of the best walking holiday destinations is Dalby Forest in the North York Moors National Park. Not only does this spot have 13 easy walking trails, but it’s also a designated Dark Sky Discovery Site. So, the whole family can huddle around a telescope and watch the night sky come to life. 

It’s also a top spot for kids under 8 because it’s home to the Gruffalo. This kids’ favourite takes you through a self-guided walk. So, grab a map and head out on this exciting orienteering activity to find twelve markers hidden in the woods. For older kids, there’s the option of Go Ape for some hair-raising adventures. 

  • Admire the coast in Dorset

The Jurassic Coast in Dorset offers some of the most beautiful scenery and dramatic shoreline in the UK. Here you can hop on the South West Coast Path and walk the breadth of this stunning trail for a wealth of visual delights. 

You’re spoilt for choice on where to start on the route. But, if you’re looking for some specific walking holiday ideas, head to Durdle Door and snap a picture of this incredible natural limestone arch. Just the other side of this spot is the spectacular azure water of Man O’War beach, which makes the perfect spot to stop for a well-earned rest. 

Stroll from here to Lulworth Cove and admire its unique formation and crystal clear waters. This is also the ideal location to grab a cream tea at The Dolls House, a traditional Dorset fudge and sweetshop, and tea garden.  

  • Get back to nature in Norfolk

Norfolk is a diverse county offering over 1,200 miles of routes along its Norfolk Trails network. Visiting this walking holiday destination opens up a world of walking holiday ideas from coastal, rural and forest treks, all perfect for adults and children. 

However, one major pull to Norfolk is the abundance of nature walks, immersing you in the region’s natural beauty. Of course, it’s a well-known spot for broads and marshes. So walking the largest of these, Hickling Broad, is a top choice. 

Look out for different types of birds, including the common crane, among flora and fauna. If you’re lucky, the elusive kingfisher might make an appearance. Butterflies and dragonflies are also a local delight. 

Another top spot for nature lovers is Roydon Common and Tony Hallatt Memorial Reserve. These adjacent reserves come together to form part of the Gaywood Valley Living Landscape, and each sees an abundance of wildlife throughout the year. From over 30 species of butterfly to woodlarks nesting, your senses are in for a visual treat. 

Book a walking holiday with kate & tom’s 

There’s never been a better time to grab your hiking boots and head on a walking holiday in the UK. Best of all, you can stay close to popular routes and trails with kate & tom’s luxury holiday cottages.

Our hand-picked selection of homes is suited to all family sizes. So, whether you’re getting the family together or want to organise a trip with friends – we have it covered. 

We’ve got plenty of luxury features if you need to rest those weary legs after a day on the trails. Choose from a cooling outdoor pool for a refreshing dip. Or perhaps pop open the bubbly for a relaxing soak in a private hot tub – the choice is yours. 

Sound good? Plan your walking holiday with kate & tom’s and find your ideal holiday cottage in the heart of the UK’s best trails.