Feedback about Explore Britain Walking Tours
27 August 2017
These are some of the comments Explore Britain Walking have received about their tours from our walking clients.
Hi Philip, I just wanted to thank you for arranging such a wonderful trip for us. It was, hands down, the best holiday we've ever had. Please pass along our thanks to David as well for being such a friendly and helpful guide - we really enjoyed getting to know him. Cheers! Rachael & Sam, Maryland USA
Hi Philip: We are back home safe and sound and just wanted to tell you what a wonderful time we had. You did a great job of arranging everything and it all went off without a hitch. Almost everywhere we stayed exceeded our expectations with lovely accommodations and really wonderful staffs. Every time we had a car service or taxi arranged to meet us they were right on time and the drivers were friendly and knowledgeable. The walk itself was breathtaking and was exactly what I was hoping for and the books and maps you provided were just what I needed to find my way safely. Thank you again for all of you hard work arranging this. I am already looking at the other tours you offer to see what I can save for next and will definitely recommend you to my friends. All Best, Jennifer & Samantha, USA.
Hi Phil, I just wanted to say thank you thank you thank you!!! My clients had a WONDERFUL time on your hiking trip and they absolutely loved Mal and have been raving about it and him ever since they returned home. I so appreciate everything you did to help me on such short notice and make their trip run so effortlessly. I will be sure to pass along the good words about you and will use you in the future for any of my clients that need England hiking trips! Thank you again!!! Mary from Covington Travel, Glen Allen, USA.
Still thinking the Zennor to St. Ives hike, and the St. Ives stay in general, was the best part of our trip, thanks to you, wishing you a terrific autumn, and hoping you won't cringe when you see another tour request in 2018-19 from me or Jim, Cara, USA.
Good morning, Philip. I'm just finishing marking my paper maps and downloaded the digitals. It took me 3 days (ok, partial days) to work through your material with a fine tooth comb. I certainly gave you a complex tour! Very impressive and thanks for taking on the rail stuff and your thoughtfulness in including those excellent city maps of Bath and Oxford. I like to make sure I understand it step-by-step as I like to spend my evenings enjoying food & drink, and keeping my notes of the day just ending. I definitely do not like to spend it frantically figuring out the next day! One of the (many) pleasurable sides of using a service like yours is that you do a "nicer" job than I do. I would absolutely never book a 2 hour private car journey nor a hotel with the eye-watering prices of the place in Oxford. However, since it's all baked in to your final product, it just seems like something I should relax and enjoy. My own brain entertains me quite a bit sometimes. You treat me better than I do myself!
Next time when I'm planning on coming in at a popular time, I'll give you more warning. [thinking Ireland]. I also will not be waiting to hear from elusive roommates. FYI, I used Inntravel for a trip to the Dordogne and they were quite adequate. I thought I was on a roll with York-based travel agents and booked an India trip with Great Rail which was cancelled without warning at quite a financial loss to me. Your work is still my standard! Diane, USA.
I am writing as our trip draws to an end to thank you for a fabulous vacation! Although very short, our trip was exceptional with every single day well executed down to the last detail. Thank you for handling all of that so perfectly! Each day brought exhilarating hikes and views, and our lodging was fine in every regard and indeed surprised us with water view rooms twice! The pub food was as you predicted—much better than we had expected and downright delicious by any standard-- everywhere except the Hunter’s Inn where the fish and chips saved the day and proved excellent. We thank you so much (!) and look forward to booking a similar trip with you soon again. Charlotte from Boston USA.
Philip - Thanks again to Explore Britain for making the Coast to Coast ramble possible for our family this June all three generations finished the Kirby Stephen to Robin Hoods Bay walk; 100 + miles… ages 11 - 74! Our success was directly due to your trip planning and field support. Your knowledge of the routes and local inns allowed us to modify the traditional trail segments to add a day to the trip but shorten the longest days into achievable treks. Even with the logistics in our favor, the walk wouldn’t have been possible without the daily support from Mal. Tired knees and long days started to take their toll but Mal worked overtime to ferry people and luggage, and provided daily words of advice with the route planning. It always cheered the group to see Mal walking out to meet us on the trail to “pull us through” the last miles of the day. In the end. Philip and Mal, you both did an exceptional job at customizing the trip to our abilities and you were there when the days got long and the weather turned, as it can do on the high moors. Fantastic support and a trip of a lifetime, thanks Explore Britain! John Soden & family from Washington, USA.
Just a quick note to thank you for organizing our recent walking trip along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Cathy and I had a SUPER time and really enjoyed the breathtaking scenery! Also the Gorse was in bloom and the scent in the air was overwhelming. Everything worked like clockwork. All the accommodations, luggage transfers and Taxi service were great! We even managed to make our train transfers without any hiccups. Thanks again for being so thorough in your planning. It really helped make the experience stress free. Rob & Cathy
Just want to drop a note to say we are back in Vancouver safely. Thank you for organizing a wonderful trip for us. We had a great time in the Lake District! It was a pleasure to have met Mal (luggage transfer guy): he was friendly and helpful!
The York and Yorkshire Dales self-guided trip you arranged for me exceeded all my expectations! What a joy. I particularly liked that I experienced so very many different kinds of paths, ways and terrains. The accommodations worked out very well; being inns, I liked that they were not fussy about arrival time and I appreciated not having to go look for another place for dinner if I chose not to. Although you didn't ask, I was very happy that I gave you an idea of my age and conditioning and what I was used to for hiking. The distances and difficulty you chose was tailor-made to push my limits enough for a great sense of accomplishment without being overwhelmed. Once I had the confidence that your chosen trails and my abilities were indeed in sync, I had the best time ever and can't wait to do another trip with you. After I continued on my own with a hired car, I did quite a bit more hiking and it was then that I realized how good it had been to depend on your routes. It took some time planning circle routes, wondering if an indicated stream had a decent ford, nervous about how rocky "Rocky Defile" would be when I reached it. I missed your invisible hand! Thanks again for a wonderful trip and warm regards to your fine assistants. Diane.
I wanted to drop a note to say how much we enjoyed Hadrian’s Wall trip. We appreciated the notes for each day, the map outlining our walk and the wonderful B&B’s you include in your trip. A special thank you to Wendy at “Oakwood Park Hotel” who is a gracious host. The Oakwood is a magnificent manor house in a beautiful setting. We received a warm welcome and tea upon arrival. She graciously gave us a ride to Lanercost Priory to start our walk in style! “The Hill on the Wall” – another fine B&B – charming and gracious hosts. “Broomshaw Hill Farm” is a beautiful setting with hosts that greet you as though they waited all day for your arrival. Anne and Martin are gracious hosts. Anne is a great baker – I recommend her to compete in “The British Bake-off Show!” And a big thank you for arranging 5 days without rain! The views were fantastic. Thank you for all the extras included in the trip; taxi rides and train/bus schedules. Those bus schedules came in handy on Day 3; we reversed the day starting with a bus ride to Vindolanda then via bus to Housesteads and finally walking back to Haltwhistle with a stop at Twice Brewed to fortify us! We appreciate how well organized the trip was with all the details we needed to walk! Thank you again, Juliana and Francis
Wanted to let you know that the trip was wonderful in every way and your attention to every detail helped to made it all run smoothly. I used the local Puffin bus several times - either due to rain or having hiked enough for one day - and it was convenient and reliable. All of the inns and b&b's were lovely, with very accommodating and hospitable owners/managers. And everything fell into place perfectly. Anyway . . . . just wanted to thank you for your encouraging words when I had my doubts about undertaking this trip solo. It was certainly challenging but very rewarding in every way. I've already recommended ExploreBritain to everyone with whom I've spoken about the trip. Hope to use your services again at some time in the future. Best wishes, Meg
Just a brief note to let you know that we had a wonderful experience in both the Cotswolds and on the Hadrian Wall. I preferred our first Hadrian Wall adventure, but this one was quite good and gave Tom the chance he wanted to share the Roman wall and the Industrial Revolution history with John. We managed the Cotswolds just fine and were surprised to find that we had not considered finishing the entire trail - just three more days! Tom says it was one of the best three trips of our life. Pretty good statement to say how much the time in England this year was a high light. Thanks for all your assistance. Tom wants to return in a couple of years! Really enjoyed meeting you. Thanks for the effort. Jeanne
Hello Philip After our walk in the Cotswolds we spent time in Ireland and then Paris so are just now getting settled back home We enjoyed our walk very much and all accomodations were excellent Certainly enjoyed our conversations with Mike Worley and all the talk about the Brexit We were sad about the vote. A bit of an uphill out of Bath but worth the climb for the lovely view. Explored in and around Wooton after it cleared and enjoyed our day We are both turning 79 this year and hope to continue with your walks--maybe Oxford heading a few days toward London Maybe that will be a little more flat, Joyce
Greetings Philip, This is a much belated thank you for our wonderful time in England. I came home to a house full of grandchildren and they just left, so now I can gather what thoughts I have left to write. I can not begin to tell you how much fun we had. Everything you planned for us came together wonderfully. We were so glad you offered to schedule our train tickets. If we had tried to do that ourselves, we might still be there! English trains are wonderful, and every train was on time with adequate seating. The inns were also lovely. We fell in love with Chipping Campden. Maybe it is because we were there 2 nights, and were able to see more of that beautiful town. The Lygon Arms Hotel was our favorite hotel with its friendly staff, lovely old higgly-piggly rooms, and delicious food. Just amazing to stay in a building that old. (The other 2 hotels were very nice also ). The hike was great with amazing scenery. Must say Broadway Hill was a huff and puff for me, but the view from the tower was unbelievable. I could ramble on, but just want to say a hardy thank you for all your planning that made our trip absolutely awesome! If you ever need a recommendation we will gladly do that! Mimi
First, thanks! It was a great walking tour! I loved setting out each day and ending up in another town and another inn. I would highly recommend your service! The walk from Buckie to Cullen was lovely, as was the hotel in Cullen. Next to the Durn House. What a great hike! Can't tell you how much we enjoyed it, and then to end up at the Durn House! WOW! Stunning! Perfect! Next morning the cab arrived on time. But, eventually we got that taken care of. The castle in the woods was truly unbelievable! And then we went down the road, following the directions. Headed over a fence and down a road toward the sea. But we never found the path to the east! Don't know how we missed it, but we proceeded though beaches, farmer's fields and roads to make our own way to Banff. You might want to check that route out! Anyway, we finally arrived in Banff at the lovely Country Inn. Perfect! And the next morning the cab was waiting for us on time! So, Philip, I say thanks very much for a wonderful adventure. If you need any recommendations, let us know! Susan and Cliff.
All the wonderful materials have arrived and I have shared them around. They are awesome! We are all so excited to start our adventure...one week from today we will be heading your way via New York. Time is passing quickly! I want to thank you for all the amazing help you have given us. I have been on a couple of other "adventure trips" planned by trip planners or outfitters, and they do not even begin to compare with the help you have given us. So thank you, thank you, than you!
Norfolk Coastal Path in England from Hunstanton to Cromer
Dear Philip: Thank you so much for our lovely arrangements. We got to Old Hunstanton and walked 9.5 miles to Brancaster our first day in the rain, but happy as clams. The second day we bussed to Burnham Deepdale and walked to Marston, taking the bus just one stop to Blakeney. Food at the Kings Arms was especially delicious and pub society a delight. 17 miles that day Third day we walked to Salthouse, took a break from the shingle by riding a bus to Weymouth and then walked into Cromer over 17 miles that day. Breakfast at the Virginai court —and the rooms, very very nice.The weather could not have been better for the second two days. It was all delightful and smooth sailing. Thank you so much for making it all work. Ill be sure to recommend you to any who want to do such an adventure.
Dear Philip, Before we leave Kirkby Stephens, we thought we would send you an email to thank you very much for organising our Walk. We had a great time and have made a lot of friends along the way. We would especially like to thank Mal for all his work and comradeship on the last couple of days. If we ever return to the UK to complete the walk we would certainly use your company again.
Hi Philip, I hope all is well with you and that you have had a good season. Following on from our very happy experience on the SWCP in May this year we three ladies would like to continue where we left off from the pretty town of Port Isaac. We would like to arrive back in Port Isaac in June and depart after 4 days of walking from Newquay. Can you work your usual magic and organise another hiking trip?
Thanks much for everything. Great trip... Excellent accommodations and food (so much for Britian's reputation). Please forward our thanks to Mal, too.
Hi Philip We are home and finally over the jet lag. We had an incredible experience and amazing trek along the Hadrian’s Wall Path. We had inclement weather for one day and generally cool, cloudy damp weather for the remainder but overall it was actually perfect for hiking. The setting, scenery and amazing history more than made up for any weather issues. The accommodations were also perfect and our hosts were gracious, welcoming and most accommodating. We would like to extend special praise and thanks to Ian at “The Hill” in Gilsland along with Anne and Martin Stark at “Broomshaw Hill Farm” in Haltwhistle. They were amazing.
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Just a quick note, now that my granddaughter and I are back home, after our two weeks in England, with a one night in Edinburgh and one night in The Forest of Dean. Our trip was a wonderful adventure full of new and review of some familiar, places and buildings. I give credit to earlier trips created by you, for many of the great places we saw this time round. The train ticket collection went smoothly as did our travel north and south. Our accommodations were pleasant and well situated for walking in many cases which was enjoyable. I am so thankful for our great memories from this trip together! Thank-you for your earlier suggestions. All were very helpful.
Greetings Philip, I just wanted to send another huge thank you to you and your brother for organizing such a fantastic trip for our family. You did such a great job making sure there were good options for the wide variety of different levels and needs of our diverse group every day!! Your warmth and intelligence were an enormous contribution toward our having a terrific time in Yorkshire and Northumberland. I also want to add a special thanks from Yuka and me for the thoughtfulness you had in all your interactions with our little fellow. It’s not easy traveling with a little guy, and you made it SO much better than I could even imagine was possible. Hope you are having good days with new groups of travelers, and I wish you and Jennifer, Alan, and the Bandit (can’t forget him), a lovely rest of the summer!!
Dear Philip, We just wanted to thank you for our wonderful walking experience. At 76 and 77, I wondered if we would cope and we did! We loved the hotels which each provided a different but fascinating history. What a wonderful part of the world! And we didn’t get one rainy day or a rail strike. We were blessed! Best regards Jennifer and Graham
The trip was lovely, in spite of fierce rain and wind and hail and snow along the WHW. If the sun did come out it meant it was going to pour in 5 minutes. It was highs of about 2 or 3 with 35 mph winds, with strionger gusts. We met some lovely people all over, with whom we shared pints and stories each night. The bluebells were amazing, especially mixed in with wild garlic, and the moss under the conifers was so beautiful. Some of the climbs (not the ups and down which were no problem) were challenging, especially in the pouring rain; I had to carefully choose which rock to step on for miles, which made for cold, wet going, but it was OK in the end. The GGW gave us sun the last few days. Inverness is lovely. I really liked the Island Bridges and Leakey’s Bookstore.
Hi Philip, we thought you might find following photo amusing ! We had a fantastic time in Cornwall. Great accommodation (particularly the b&bs) meals, wine plus lovely, although at times ,challenging, walks. So thank you for all your organisational talents and where necessary, hand holding ! I will be in touch to plan the next part of our SW Coastal adventure.
Karen and friends had to cancel their holiday due to an emergency and I worked hard to get about a 80 per cent refund on her payments.
Very pleased with ExploreBritain. We had an emergency and had to cancel shortly before our planned trip and Philip worked with us to refund as much as possible. Based on that alone, I would use him again!
Dear Philip, I just wanted to let you know that we have returned from our Thames Path trip and we enjoyed our tour very much. Everything worked out beautifully: the rail travel, our accommodations, luggage transfers all went off smoothly. We greatly appreciated your prompt service and professionalism. If anyone we know is interested in a touring company, we will highly recommend you and ExploreBritain.
Dear Philip. We're back in the US, and while we are happy to be home we are still wallowing in the pleasure of our six days on the Coast to Coast walk. Our thanks to you for everything, especially for getting us to the train on that last day and for sending Mal to meet us after our shattering day into Shap. We were pooped, as they say, and it lifted our spirits wonderfully to have his fine company at the end of that long day and the next morning when he shuttled us to Orton. Please give him our regards and our enthusiastic thanks. We feel privileged to have met both of you and to have been taken care of by such lovely hosts at the guesthouses and inns you arranged--especially Irene and David in St. Bee's and Nigel and Trish in Seatoller. It was a trip we will always remember, and our hope is that we'll have occasion before too long to be in touch again to arrange another visit to Britain. All best to you, and thank you again for everything.
If the first word out of Jim's mouth when asked by our taxi driver upon arrival back into San Diego was "fantastic"describing our Walk, then I guess that one word could summarizes our experience along the Thames River. As you know, this was our fourth experience with self-guided walking tours in southern England and without a doubt the best one. All accommodations were to our standards, and in several cases, better than expected.The rooms were beautifully appointed and bathtubs were so welcomed. Our feet say "thank you." The luggage transfers worked without a glitch. One suggestion, however, would be to place your company's contact information as well as the client's itinerary on tags attached to the luggage. If anything, that practice reduces client stress about a possible mix-up (has happened to us with another company. Another suggestion would be to make the hotel reservation in the client's name instead of yours to cut down on confusion with hotel reception staff. Thank you for securing all the train tickets which can be a hassle especially during rush hour. Your specific written direction to our accommodations were clear and easy to follow and the accompanying maps and guide book were extremely helpful where signage was either missing or confusing. Without a doubt we will recommend your company to friends seeking a similar experience to ours and in the future we'll do business again this time with a combo trip to include the Cotswolds and the Lake District. Thank you for arranging such an enjoyable experience.
Just want to let you know that grandson Tommy & I really enjoyed the hike and all of your scheduling and accommodations were excellent! We even had pretty good weather with some rain & cold & wind, but nothing severe. Your timing was good, too, as it snowed the night after we arrived in Fort William and all of the mountain tops were covered in snow! All of the B&B`s were really nice and enjoyable - very friendly. It was a good introduction to Scotland for Tommy and another wonderful experience for me. The West Highland Way is a nice way to see that area and we met lots of friendly hikers from other places - even some from Scotland. Glasgow and Edinburgh are interesting & fun, but the walk was our most favorite part of the adventure. We hope to do more! Thanks for helping to make this a memorable experience
Hello Philip Another spectacular walk. We really enjoyed Wales. All accomodations were great especially the Druidstone--lovely place and I think we had the best room in the house--top floor--balcony sea view. We may come back and stay a few days. First day of walking not hard but WINDY and wet. Rest of walk was in beautiful sunny weather. We did find some distances a bit off on hike descriptions ie from Marloes to Druidstone is 15 not 11 but we made it and it made the hotel even more special!! We hope to find another walk perhaps again a coastal one in Devon / Dorset area You do a great job and I have certainly reccommended you to many friends.
This is Jennifer who went from Upway to Bournemouth last month on a walking tour with her nephew. I just want to thank you for a fantastic vacation. Everything was perfect! Our favorite places were Upway at the Manor House. Helen and her husband were so gracious and absolutely on top of everything. She made our lunches for hiking and did our laundry. She and her husband picked us up everywhere as scheduled. Our room was fine and the breakfast room was gorgeous. Our other favorite place was the Ammonite Guest House in Corfe Castle. What an incredible place! Yvonne made us feel so welcome and breakfast at her table in her dining room was so special to us. We felt like part of a family - not the usual tourist experience. The maps and other information and tickets you arranged were excellent and made for a trip where we could concentrate on the beautiful sites. They were beautiful, indeed - like a picture postcard!! I really want to praise the Corfe Castle taxi service and their associates. They were wonderful. You made a good choice in picking them to get your guests around and about. You may want to warn your guests there are some mean cows on the path to Swanage. Haha! In short, thank you. You are welcome here in Utah anytime.
We got home safe and sound, completely uneventfully, which is always fine with us. But we still dream of walking in England. I anticipated some strenuous walking – although we did it all! – and hoped it would be as lovely as we remembered – it was! My favorites were the Dales, of course, and the Moors with all those nesting birds, But what I didn’t expect were all the lovely friendships along the way. That part was special. Also all the Jubilee preparations. The treat at the end was meeting you, of course. Thank you for everything!
Thank you very much once again for your kind and precise recommendations! Is there any webpage where I can recommend you to others (apart from putting a link on my Facebook page and liking the Explore Britain page)? Really looking forward the next trip.
Hi, Philip! Just wanted to let you know we made it to Prestatyn today. All accommodations were really good. Most gave us a ride back to the trail. Took taxi from the Griffin. Last night at Glan Clywd Issa was excellent. Linda prepared a full salmon dinner and Hugh provided wine. All very nice. We would be comfortable recommending any of the accommodations you arranged. The rides back to the trail were really necessary so we'd encourage that being in the preparations and formalized. As you may know the weather was great. No rain at all, and clear, dry and sunny the last 2 days. We had a great time! Thanks for your excellent planning. Maybe, now that you know the accommodations were good you can add it back to your regular offerings. Take care and I'm sure we will be in touch.
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?
Hi Philip, I just wanted to let you know that we had an excellent walking trip last week through Exmoor. All of your arrangements worked out as promised, we had no significant problems with any details or with the navigation, the walk and the weather were excellent, and we really enjoyed the places you picked for us to stay. We will strongly consider using Explore Britain again in the future. Thanks very much. 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?
Hello, Philip. Our group of six ramblers had such a wonderful time on the Coast to Coast that we are planning another trip together for September 2015. Our druthers are to walk for 7-8 days, about 15 miles a day. So far, we are interested in the West Highland Way and Offa's Dike, and would appreciate your advice given the time of year and our age (67-72).
We are staying in Durham for three days. Your plans sound perfect for visiting Holy Island. I'm a Christian with a real interest in people like St Cuthbert, St Aidan and St Colomba and Jeff is very keen on boating and fishing. We'll see you in July.