Quintessential England & Wales
A Journey from Oxford to the Cotswolds, Wales, Devon and Cornwall.
This is a swirling journey through medieval and ancient British Isles covering adventures across South Western England and Southern Wales. Designed for historians and hikers alike, this journey will encompass medieval sites including the magic of Camelot and King Arthur, important Roman locales, the legend of Shakespeare, a nod to Jane Austen, tours of academic excellence in Oxford and visits to outstanding areas of beauty such as the Cotswolds, the Brecon Beacons, and Dartmoor National Parks, the spectacular coastline of Cornwall and its mystical Mount St Michael. Unforgettable moments as you stay in castles and live like a king, to quaint British pub accommodation and incredible meals, including of course the famed Devonshire scones and afternoon teas. Guided by local historians, treats such as a tour of Poldark scenery and possibly Evensong choir in an Oxford college, mouth watering meals at renowned British restaurants offering the best in local produce including an amazing array of seafood await.
Guided Hiking and Cultural Tour
Duration: 12 days
Grading: Easy to Moderate
Nearest Airport: London
Starting point: Oxford
Finish point: Bath
Days 1 - 3
Arrival in Oxford, and an opportunity to visit Blenheim Park, with its state rooms, beautiful gardens and Churchill exhibition, attend Evening Song at New College and explore this magnificant City. Travelling on to the Cotswolds we explore Bourton on the Water, hike to the villages of Lower Slaughter & Upper Slaughter, tour Highgrove Estate and Gardens, residence of King Charles III and Queen Camilla before resting in Castle Combe with its fairy tale feel.
Days 4 - 6
Journeying from the Cotswolds across to Wales we have several choices. Either hike the classic Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons National Park or explore the city of Cardiff and the National Museum. From Wales we travel down to the beautiful county of Devon, visiting Exeter Cathedral with its medieval vaulted ceiling and on to Bovey Castle in Dartmoor National Park where we spend the night.
Days 7 - 10
Departing Devon and on to Cornwall we explore the pretty fishing village of Padstow, the furthest tip of England; Sennen Cove spending several nights opposite St Michaels Mount. Enjoying fresh seafood at the famous Rick Stein restuarant, watch a perfomance at the outdoor Minack theatre, and hike the coastal paths of the South West trail.
For our final stage of this wonderful tour we end in the Georgian City of Bath, home for 5 years to the acclaimed writer Jane Austen. Staying in the Stylish Royal Crescent hotel this is a fitting end to trip.
Need To Know
Graduate Hotel, Oxford
The Castle Inn, Castle Combe
Holm House, Cardiff
Bovey Castle, Dartmoor
Rick Stein Hotel, Padstow
The Godolphin, St Michaels Mount
Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath
Extra stays: You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodation along the way.
– All transfers
– Accommodation in ensuite rooms with breakfast:
– Lunches (Apart from 1 lunch)
– Dinners (Apart from 3 evenings)
– Guided hikes with local guides
– Tour of Oxford Colleges
– Tour of Highgrove Estate and Gardens
– Evening performance at the Minack open air theatre
Throughout the trip there are plenty opportunities to taste both the great local food and a wide array of prestigious delicacies of the region.
We adopt an excellent guiding ratio meaning we can cater for differing levels within the group:
One Guide: 1 – 7 clients
Two Guides: 8 – 14 clients
- Explore the Cotswolds and Highgrove gardens, residence of King Charles III
- Hike coastal paths and countryside trails
- Indulge in the rich centuroes old history
- Eat in the famous Rick Stein restaurant
- Stay in the beautitful Georgian city if Bath