Best for history and views of English rural landscapes in ‘Constable Country’ (Grade 4, Moderate) – Walks though water meadows and along tranquil riverbanks provide the setting for a five-night break in Suffolk. Created in partnership with the Field Studies Council (FSC) and based at FSC Flatford Mill, simple accommodation is offered in Willie Lot’s cottage which appears in Constable’s famous painting of the Haywain. The bucolic scene has changed little since the famous painter’s day and the holiday includes guided walks to the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which features in many of his works. Alongside this quintessential rural landscape are hidden gems such as walks along the Shotley Peninsula and the estuaries of the rivers Orwell and Stour, plus a circular walk around Lavenham with time to explore the narrow streets and timber framed buildings of the beautiful medieval wool town.
Five-nights in Constable Country costs from £565 pp to include full board hostel accommodation, local transport and a dedicated walk leader. Departures: 11 April, 24 July, 14 and 21 August, and 23 October 2022.
Best for a continuous walking holiday - The Cotswold Way (Grade 6 Moderate) The Cotswold Way comprises just over 100 miles of beautiful rolling countryside with beech woods giving way to open grassy fields and views sweeping down from the high escarpment to the Severn Valley. Ideal for those wanting a more challenging walking holiday whilst still having the support of an organised group RWH has devised a new 10-night holiday for 2022. Starting in Chipping Campden it follows a route travelling from north to south and covering between 10-14 miles each day, to finish in the Roman city of Bath.
Each day offers well-paced walks through picturesque villages of local honey coloured stone and across a mix of terrain from high escarpments to lowland meadows. Along the way there is time to absorb the routes’ rich cultural highlights such as the Neolithic burial chamber at Belas Knap and the ancient hillfort at Haresfield Beacon with its panoramic views over the Vale of Gloucester, the River Severn, and the Forest of Dean. Accommodation is based in Cheltenham, with private transport to the trailhead each morning and returns to the hotel each night, offering the advantage of no packing or unpacking each day just a return to a warm shower and then perhaps a drink before dinner and a good night’s sleep.
Ten-nights The Cotswold Way costs from £1,195 pp and includes half board accommodation (breakfasts & dinners in the hotel), private coach transport and a dedicated tour leader. Departures: 14 May, 13 August, and 17 September 2022