Countryside & Landscape inspired Foot Trails

The largest and most diverse of England’s nine different regions, in the South West you can see everything from riverbanks, woodland, wild meadows, chalk down, canals and villages to market towns, coast, beeches and castles.

With our local knowledge of South West England, you will make the very most of the country you explore. Each Foot Trail offers variety, however perhaps you have a favourite landscape or two you would love to see and we can help advise you of the best trips to choose.

Enjoy stunning views of the Dorset countryside

Walking with Foot Trails you will become a part of the English landscape yourself. Enjoying its exceptional beauty and rich native British trees, flora and fauna. You’ll find a regional guide to South West England as well as postcards and a Colins Gem pocket book to help you identify local flora and fauna in your own, personalised Walk & Explore Box on arrival.

Wessex meadows and chalkland

Meadow and chalk downland

Chalk (white and porous substance) can be found in several parts of Southern England. The most famous areas on our Foot Trails include Salisbury Plain, The Cranborne Chase and Stonehenge. The chalk is a form of limestone, and it was laid down under the sea millions of years ago. Formed by tiny shells. Today the chalk gives rise to the dry valleys and steeply sided coombes that the chalk landscapes are well known for.

For stunning chalk downlands try Thomas Hardy Tales and for meadows try Foot Trails new Hay Meadows walk on Journey Across Cotswolds.

Along the Kennet and Avon canal

Coast and Riverside

Walking besides water is always a delight and you will find a variety of waterways on your Foot Trails, including canals, streams, rivers and the sea and coast (depending on your Foot Trail.)
Along the Kennet and Avon Canal on our Bath City and Country Foot Trail look out for the coloured boats and barges, some of which are house boats.
On rivers and banks look out for a variety of wildlife including the gorgeous strikingly marked Kingfisher birds, Swans and Herons to name a few. You might also be lucky and spot Otter.
By the sea, on our Devon Coast Foot Trail you could be in for a real treat and spot seals on one Foot Trail and sea birds such as gulls as well as a rich variety of special coastal flora and fauna.

Walking amid the bluebells

Trees, Flora and Fauna

At Foot Trails we have a great knowledge of trees, flora and fauna. We enjoy including extra little touches such as a Colins Gem guide in your Walk & Explore Box on arrival, so you can enjoying spotting and learning about the trees, flora and fauna too.
With such a variety of landscapes and countryside on your Foot Trail you can expect to see a wide variety of seasonal flowers, from the first early spring Snowdrops and bulbs in January and February through to the wild Bluebells and Garlic in spring, red Poppies in cornfields in summer. For wildflowers try Wessex Ancient Kingdom or Thomas Hardy Tales

Autumn leaves

Woodland and Forest

There are some beautiful stretches of woodland and forest on our Foot Trails. Great places to enjoy our native English trees such as the Oak and of course a wide variety of animals, flora and fauna.
Look out for deer, fox, badger and mice in the woodland. If you can’t spot the animals themselves see if you can find their tracks in the mud. Listen out for bird song from the many different British varieties including Wood Pigeon, Robin and Cuckoo and of course keep your eyes open for butterflies, moths and insects, flowers and blossoms. For woodland delights, book Foot Trails Castles Lakes and Salisbury.

Local produce for sale

Agriculture and Farming

You will find many rural discoveries waiting to be made on your Foot Trail, including country lanes dappled with shafts of sunlight, ancient field systems and flocks of (completely harmless) sheep, stiles and bridleways.
All of these form a fabric of and are there because of agricultural and farming life in the countryside.

A thatched cottage in the Cotswolds

Villages and Towns

A Foot Trail aims to get you off the beaten track, however you will definitely come across villages on all of our Foot Trails, purposefully woven into your walks, and on some of our trails you will also encounter larger market towns.
Where market towns are included you will find maps inside your Walk & Explore Box and our suggested trail, enabling you to explore the best of the town. For some traditional English villages try Somerset Knights Quest, Complete Cotswolds or Wessex Ancient Kingdom.

Create your perfect walking or hiking trip with Foot Trails

At Foot Trails our specialist knowledge means that we can create a trip centered around what interests you most. Maybe there are particular landscapes you’d love to see or you simply want to ensure you have a variety as you walk. Let us know.

Call us on +44 (0) 1747 820 626 or complete the form below.

Talk to Team Foot Trails about creating your perfect Countryside & Landscapes inspired walking tour. Here are a few suggested example itineraries to get you started:

  • 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. Read more
  • Bath & Classic Cotswolds

    Walking & Touring Holiday, Bath & The Cotswolds

    Discover the highlights of Bath, UNESCO world heritage city with its rich Georgian heritage and history and the gorgeous Cotswolds in this trip. You will enjoy staying in several different locations and numerous highlights include Georgian architecture, Roman baths, river valleys, unspoilt Cotswold villages and scenic English countryside. Read more
  • Bath City & Country

    Staying in one place, Bath

    Enjoy the best of Bath's city and the countryside. This walking/hiking holiday based in the heart of the world heritage city of Bath takes in the ancient Roman and Georgian city of Bath and its peaceful, spectacular surrounding countryside. Discover mellow stone architecture, pretty stone cottages, the River Avon and Royal Crescent. Read more
  • Knights Medieval Castle

    Staying in one place, Wiltshire

    A walking holiday 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. Read more
  • Wessex, Ancient Kingdom

    Inn to Inn Walking & Hiking, Wiltshire

    Our signature award winning trip. Walking adventure up to 12 nights, through the ancient kingdom of the West Saxons, Wessex. Including Wiltshire as well as Dorset and Somerset. Off the beaten track, through ancient lands with castles, deer parks, rivers, mills, iron-age hill forts and scenic landscapes. Read more
  • Devon Coast

    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. Read more