An English Summer

Summer walking inspiration

Summer walking breaks with Foot Trails

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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.

When summer fetes hit our English villages your walks can be followed with a long lingering chilled glass of wine or cider and a delicious feast at your country inn.

Read on for our pick of some of the best ideas for an independent summer walking break. And browse our top tips for summer walking below. Our expert local team are poised to help you explore rural England this summer by walking off the beaten track.

We look forward to hearing from you.

NEW – Complimentary Seasonal Guide

For more advice on the best time of the year to walk in England, request your copy of our new, complimentary Seasonal Guide to Walking in England. Just email enquire@foottrails.co.uk or call David Howell on +44 (0) 1747 820 626

Pick one of our fabulous dreamy summer walking breaks…

  • Stonehenge, Bath & Wiltshire

    Walking & Touring, Wiltshire & Bath

    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 (Foot Trails HQ home) and enjoy the marvellous countryside both surrounding Bath and found in Wiltshire. Read more
  • Complete Cotswolds, Chipping Campden to Bath

    Inn to Inn, The Cotswolds

    Using our lifetime of local knowledge we created this new trail, Complete Cotswolds, using local paths, villages and market towns. We have mapped every mile. You can choose to walk every day, or perhaps have rest days or sight seeing days built in. This is an option that is far removed from mass tourism, coaches and package trips. One less well known but more varied in scenery. Read more
  • English Country Houses and Gardens New for 2018, you can walk and visit the region's most impressive 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. Read more
  • Devon Coast

    Staying in one place, South Devon

    Brimming with beauty from the sea. Coves, coastal views, white plastered cottages and tales of sea shanties and shipwrecks. Walking in Devon will delight and also surprise you. Read more

All trips include accommodation en-suite, (in personally chosen country inns and accommodations) country breakfast to start the day, one bottle of wine (or for Devon a goody pack), two or three days or independent walking tailored to suit you and the summer season, tailor and hand made Walk and Explore box 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!

Call +44 (0) 1747 820 626 or email enquire@foottrails.co.uk to chat over your plans with our expert Trip Planner David Howell and book your summer walking holiday or hiking vacation.

Our top ten favourite things about walking in summer…

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.

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