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Best Tours for Walking in Britain during the Autumn or Winter

11 December 2017

Advise on the Best Tours for Walking in Britain during the Autumn or Winter.

One of the delights of our Maritime climate is that it is possible to have just as nice walking days in the Autumn or Winter as it is during the Spring & Summer. Because of the shorter day lengths in the deepest winter it may not be light until 9am and begin to be dark at 3pm. Of course that’s perfect, as that’s when you do your walking normally throughout the year!
My advice is to perhaps do a center based tour for 2 – 4 days. That way you have a base where you can easily wash and dry clothes (as the trails may be a bit muddier). Choose a tour with fantastic scenery around you, whilst you stay mainly in the valley, such as The Lakes District based at Keswick. Hopefully the hill tops will be covered in snow and with the green fields below them, it will make for some really vivid photographs.

If your heart is still set on doing an inn-to-inn-tour then choose one, where the path is likely to be in great condition, such as along a canal or river towpath, and in the south of England, such as The Thames Path from Oxford.
A little more adventurous, but again easy walking in Scotland in winter is The Great Glen Walk from Fort William to Fort Augustus .

Don’t forget to bring along a mystery novel, as you will be able to curl up in a comfy chair by possibly a roaring fire after dinner, in a quaint pub or inn.

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I was planning to call this AM but decided to send a preliminary note beforehand. I wonder if you remember us? We have had several wonderful trips (thanks to you) in England and Scotland and we were fortunate to meet you in Edinburgh in 2002 when we were walking with our sons, Tom and Andy. And so we are planning another walk for May, this time with just Andy. We want to repeat 3 of our days along the southwest Coastal Path. Andy will be giving a paper at Exeter on May 19th and then will be giving it again in London on the 24th. He mentioned that he would like to spend the three days between talks, walking along the Coastal Path and he asked if we might join him. Now we loved that trip so much so we said "yes" and now I am checking with you. We thought we would start in Minehead and end at Woody Bay. How does this sound?

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