An English Summer

Summer walking breaks with Foot Trails

Tall swaying grasses, evocative pink and purple meadow flowers, swooping house martins and hazy views typify an English summer.

The season drifts in almost un-noticed but is unmistakable in feel and look.
Walk with us in this headiest of seasons and you will see ripening fields of crops and perhaps hear the whirl of a combine harvester.


As featured in The Los Angeles Times, Discover Britain Magazine, The Independent, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Australian, National Geographic Traveller, Lonely Planet Magazine, The Huffington Post and many more!

Summer in England, our favourite bits
By Founder Alison Howell

1) The sounds of summer. Distant combine harvesters working, happy birds and laughing children. The sound of a popping Champagne cork…
2) The smells of summer. Cut grass, meadow flowers and the sea.
3) Tastes of summer. Home-made ice creams, a glass of chilled white wine, the freshest of salads and crusty breads.
4) The warm sunshine. Maybe not every day. But when it shines it’s wonderful.
5) Picnics. Really eating any food outside. But on our Ancient Gods Myths and Legends guided walking holidays we throw out proper rugs and dine on fine local British fare like pork pies and piccalilly, scones, strawberries and clotted and cream and more besides. Everything tastes better outdoors.
6) Those hazy views.
7) Grasses and crops.
8) Long late evenings and chilled out dusks.
9) The feeling that summer will just go on for ever…..
10) Being able to walk without a fleece.

Top tips for Summer walking

1) Dress in several thin layers for summer walking. English summer weather can vary enormously from very warm and sunny to cool and cloudy, breezy or rainy. Be prepared for multiple weathers, sometimes during the same day by having a waterproof, warm fleece, sun hat and sun cream with you. You can more easily adjust a thin layer or two to be warmer or cooler.

2) Always take a mobile phone with you and know the contact numbers for an emergency.

3) Take plenty of water. You will be exerting yourself and exercising so take plenty of water with you. In warm weather you’ll need to drink a cup of water every half an hour.

4) Waterproof walking boots are essential if the grass is wet. If conditions are a prolonged dry spell you might consider a training shoe with a strong sole. Comfortable feet are vital for enjoyment!

5) Don’t forget your camera. Summer often provides multiple opportunities for taking great photographs.

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Pick one of our English Summer independent walks …

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    This incredible experience gives you the opportunity to use our local expertise and walk at two UNESCO world heritage sites, that of Stonehenge, and the Georgian city of Bath and enjoy the marvellous countryside both surrounding Bath and in Wiltshire. As featured in national and international press.
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  • Complete Cotswolds, Chipping Campden to Bath

    Inn to Inn Trips & Tours The Cotswolds

    Book this authentic and credible alternative to the Cotswolds Way. Complete Cotswolds is crowd free using local a lifetime of local knowledge, local paths and traditional villages and market towns. Walking adventure up to 16 nights and 135 miles. Walk every day or have rest days or sight seeing days built in.
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  • Country Houses and Gardens on foot

    Splendour & Grandeur in the country

    A must for anyone who loves English country houses and gardens. From stately homes to wandering down long meandering driveways, see the South West's greatest gardens with a memorable Foot Trail. Stay for several nights in multiple locations of up to 6 different counties of South West England.
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  • Somerset Knights Quest

    Short Break - Staying in one place, Somerset

    Discover little known but beautiful and historic south Somerset, land of the summer people, an area steeped in myth and legend. You'll enjoy stunning castles, beautiful stone villages and hill forts with legends of King Arthur.
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  • Journey Across The Cotswolds

    Inn to Inn Walking & Hiking, The Cotswolds

    Take time to walk the Cotswolds away from the crowds and you will be rewarded with a magical journey through its delightful stone villages and beautiful English landscapes. From top to bottom across this quintessential region, this is an inn to inn hike like no other.
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  • Thomas Hardy’s Dorset

    Inn to Inn Walking & Hiking, Dorset

    Walk in the footsteps of author Thomas Hardy's Tess D'Urbervilles and follow her story through north Dorset. You'll take in Shaston (Shaftesbury) and Marnhull (Marlett) with plenty of Dorset countryside and hand-picked country inns and pubs and magnificent English countryside en route too.
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  • Knights Medieval Castle

    Short Break - Staying in one place, Wiltshire

    A short walking break where you can escape the trappings of the modern world. Idyllic rural countryside and stunning varied walks filled with adventure and discovery. As the name suggests you'll find a strong medieval feel with a stunning castle and knights tales on route.
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  • Wessex Ancient Kingdom

    Our signature inn to inn walking trail

    This inn to inn (village to village) walking experience is your ultimate experience of hiking rural England. Full of history and breath-taking English countryside, from rivers to woods, character villages & cottages to breath-taking scenery & views, this trail has it all!
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  • Devon Coast

    Short Break - Staying in one place, South Devon

    Brimming with beauty from the sea you'll enjoy coves, coastal views, white plastered cottages and tales of sea shanties and shipwrecks. Walking in Devon will delight and also surprise you. Click to find out more.
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Custom made walking

Your trip will be custom made to suit you – your likes, wishes and importantly your walking ability.

All Foot Trails include your accommodation en-suite, in personally chosen country inns and accommodations, country breakfast to start the day, one bottle of wine,  independent walking itinerary tailor made to suit you and the summer season, crafted Walk and Explore box packed by hand with your own local maps with your routes annotated, innovative trail cards with clear word directions (on our special waterproof paper) step by step and local histories and stories, nature guide, our signature travel sweets and more!

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