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      Wilderness Walking
      National Parks of the UK

      10 review(s)

      Next Trip(s): 5th May | 23rd Jun Duration: 9 night(s)

      From £2,495 View Prices & Departures

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      Trip created by Rupert Shanks
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      Location: Multi-Location
      Trip Type: Wilderness Walking
      Comfort: Deluxe

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      Trip Details

      Hike in the best scenery to be found in Scotland and England on this unique tour of 4 National Parks.

      In Scotland, we will hike in the wild Highlands in the Cairngorms and then Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. We then head to England to explore Northumberland, the charming and rugged Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.

      They may be relatively small areas, but the National Parks are incredibly diverse. In the Cairngorms, you will find vast rolling mountains with glens filled in by heather and pine forests. In Loch Lomond and the Trossachs silvery lochs and rugged green peaks await you. Moving on to England we find moors and fields lined with stone walls and old barns. Finally in the Lake District – a recently designated UNESCO World Heritage Site – we hike on the fells that inspired the romanticist poetry of William Wordsworth.

      We spend at least 2 nights in each location, staying in charming country Inns and hotels. During each day you will be accompanied by an expert guide experienced in hiking in each of these regions as we venture to the summits of fine hills and mountains.

      Trip Highlights

      • Enjoy some of the finest hiking in Britain on this tour of National Parks in Scotland and England.
      • Discover the amazing contrast of landscapes from the majestic mountains of the Highlands to the rolling Dales of Yorkshire.
      • Try the various Scottish and English delicacies such as whisky in the Highlands, cream tea in Yorkshire and Kendal Mint Cake in the Lakes.

      Day by Day Itinerary

      Day 1 – Rothiemurchus and the Cairngorms

      We meet at the train station in the small town of Aviemore, in the Cairngorms National Park. We begin with a local hike over Meall a Buachaille. The route first takes us through a pass with beautiful pine forest before we reach a small bothy at the head of the pass. We climb steeply but steadily from here on a good trail all the way to the summit. Completing the circuit, we then transfer across the National Park to the pretty village of Ballater in Royal Deeside. (L, D)

      Walk details: 9km/ 6 miles | 550m/ 1800 ft ascent | approx. 4-5 hours

      Day 2 – Lochnagar & Loch Muick

      The peak of Lochnagar in Royal Deeside is thought by many to be the finest in the Cairngorms. Its northern flank boasts spectacular cliffs that perfectly frame the small loch that gives the mountain its name. There are many options for great hikes in the shadow of Lochnagar, ranging from a circuit of the loch to hikes up the various peaks surrounding it, including Connacraig, which offers outstanding views. Of course, there’s also Lochnagar itself! Our guide will select a route to best show off the qualities of this beautiful glen and the princely peaks that surround it. (B, L, D)

      Walk details: From 12km–20km/7-12 miles | up to 930m/ 3051 ft ascent | approx. 4-7 hours
      (depending on the route choice)

      Day 3 – Braemar Glens then transfer to Loch Lomond

      This morning we enjoy a final Cairngorms hike, starting near the village of Braemar. We do a low-level circuit through the nearby glens and woods. Starting with a wonderful waterfall our hike takes us up Glen Quoich. We hike through a deep cleft in the hillside which brings us into Glen Lui, finishing near the Linn o’ Dee waterfall. We then head south as we transfer to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Our accommodation is in the village of Luss nestled on the shore of the loch. (B, L, D)

      Walk details: 16km/ 10 miles | 400m/ 1300 ft ascent | approx. 5 hours

      Day 4 – Hiking Above Loch Lomond

      Leaving the village we strike up a grassy ridge. The ascent is slow and steady from the start. Near the top, it levels off for a bit and the views over Loch Lomond and its many wooded islands is nothing short of stunning. On the summit, the loch views are replaced by mountain vistas as we look north towards the Arrochar Alps and across the loch to Ben Lomond. We return to Luss and have some free time to explore the village. (B, L, D)

      Walk details: 12km/ 7 miles | 725m/ 2378 ft ascent | approx. 4-5 hours

      Day 5 – Hiking in the Trossachs

      Today we hike up an iconic peak that the author Sir Walter Scott claimed offered the finest views in all of Scotland. This is a local favourite which follows a well-established trail. The ascent takes us through mixed forest and then onto open ground with views across the Southern Highlands. The final ascent is steep but the views are worth it! (B, L, D)

      Walk details: 14km/ 9 miles | 725m/ 2378 ft ascent | approx. 5-6 hours

      Day 6 – Hiking Hadrian’s Wall

      Today will be a leisurely transfer south across the border into England. We also cross the historic border of the Roman Empire, still visible in the ruins of Hadrian’s Wall. After lunch we start walking from the remains of Housesteads Roman Fort. Our hike takes us to one of the best-preserved and most scenic spots on the wall – Sycamore Gap – which has featured on the big screen many times. After the hike, a short transfer takes us our third National Park – the Yorkshire Dales. (B, L, D)

      Walk details: 6km/ 4 miles | 150m/ 490 ft ascent | approx.  2 hours

      Day 7 – Hiking the Yorkshire Dales

      Today we head to the village of Askrigg in beautiful Wensleydale. From Askrigg we will hike high along the valley walls to the village of Aysgarth. Here we admire Aysgarth Falls before wandering back to Askrigg along the peaceful riverside. We will stop at a local tearoom for lunch with a chance get a bite of the delicious local Wensleydale cheese! (B, L, D)

      Walk details: 18km/ 11 miles | 320m/ 1050 ft ascent | approx. 5-6 hours

      Day 8 – Hiking the Yorkshire Dales

      An early start today, and we begin hiking in the Eden Valley, which is dominated by the limestone plateau at Orton and Great Asby. With the remains of ancient stone circles and forts, there is plenty to see as we wind our way across the natural limestone pavements. Back in Orton, we visit the local chocolate shop before we transfer west into the Lake District. This afternoon we’ll visit Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s 17th-century farmhouse. (B,L,D)

      Walk details: 6km/ 4 miles | 200m/ 650 ft ascent | approx. 2 hours

      Day 9 – Hiking the Lake District National Park

      Today we’ll hike to St Sunday Crag in the Eastern Fells. We’ll follow a long ridge that takes us to a craggy summit with dramatic gullies and beautiful views to the ridges of Helvellyn. Then a ridge followed by a steep climb takes us over Cofa Pike to Fairfield.  We’ll descend to Grisedale Tarn, and then hiking back down the valley we admire the rocky crags on either side. Back at the comfortable inn we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner this evening. (B, L, D)

      Walk details: 15km/ 9 miles | 750m/ 2460 ft ascent | approx. 5 – 6 hours

      Day 10 – Final Hike then Depart

      After breakfast this morning we’ll stroll a short distance to board a traditional steamer that will ferry us halfway up Ullswater to Howtown. From here we’ll hike back to Glenridding. We’ll pass through forests and over rocky beaches, following the shoreline of the lake and enjoying the view as we go. There will be time to stop for lunch at a local café before arriving back at the van. We’ll then transfer to Penrith Railway Station to end the trip. (B, L)

      Walk details: 11km/ 7 miles | 250m/ 820 ft ascent | approx. 4 hours

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      Accommodation - Accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels Read More

      ACCOMMODATION
      This walking holiday is based from a variety of welcoming accommodations from award-winning pubs and inns to a grand lakeside hotel.

      Accommodation is a choice of double or twin rooms with ensuite facilities. If you require a single room see below.

      SINGLE ROOMS

      There is no single person supplement charged to solo travellers however you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you wish to reserve a double room for single occupancy a supplement of £345 is charged.

      Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, single supplements are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

      Meals - Meals Info (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) Read More

      Great food is of paramount importance on all Wilderness Scotland trips and we will enjoy excellent regional cooking throughout this all-inclusive trip.

      On this trip, we generally eat dinner as a group however if you would like to make alternative arrangements you are free to do so. Your guide will have an evening off during this trip where they do not eat with the group. They will recommend options for dinner that evening and will help you make any necessary reservations.

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      ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
      You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at Aviemore Railway Station at 10:00am on Day 1 of your trip. The trip will finish and you will be dropped at Penrith Railway Station at 5.00pm on the final day. Your guide will meet you in the centre of the station. It is a small station so your guide should be easy to find and holding a Wilderness Scotland sign.

      Trip Dates & Prices

      Trip Dates for 2019 Availability Status Price Book
      5th May - 14th May 2019 2 place(s) left CONFIRMED £2,495 Book Now
      23rd Jun - 2nd Jul 2019 3 place(s) left CONFIRMED £2,495 Book Now
      15th Sep - 24th Sep 2019 5 place(s) left CONFIRMED £2,495 Book Now

      Make This Trip Private

      Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.

      Speak to an Expert

      Rachael is a true gem and we regularly receive feedback thanking her for designing inspiring itineraries and for being such a pleasure to chat to. In many cases the people Rachael designs tailor made trips for, actually become friends and she’s had more than one invite to far off lands as a result. Rachael has a passion for only the highest levels of customer experience and service and the National Parks of the UK trip is an embodiment of that passion as you explore these wild and beautiful parks across the UK.

      - Rachael Gavan

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      Trip Reviews

      Rated 4.90 out of 5 based on 10 review(s) of Wilderness Walking – National Parks of the UK

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      Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us. Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

      That’s why we read each of our client’s reviews and although we don’t respond to all of them, if it’s glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.

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      Katharine Tighe

      Reviewed on 09/10/2018

      Age: 60 - 70
      Country: Australia
      Trip Date: 09/09/2018
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      I selected this tour because it provided the opportunity to combine a holiday in Scotland with an opportunity to also explore the Yorkshire Dales and Lakes. It was a very well designed tour, providing a good variety of landscapes and walking challenges. Staying two or more nights in each area allowed us to adjust the walking itinerary to allow for the changing weather conditions. Our guide Dave, the accommodation, food and additional touring experiences all combined to provide a wonderful experience. Cant wait to come back!

      CH

      Cathie Heenan

      Reviewed on 28/09/2018

      Age: 50 - 60
      Country: Australlia
      Trip Date: 09/09/2018
      Trips Taken: 1

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      Kristina Schramm

      Reviewed on 26/09/2018

      Age: 70 - 80
      Country: United States
      Trip Date: 09/09/2018
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      I feel like I got to experience Scotland in a way I wouldn't have by staying on the beaten path or only in cities. It's a beautiful country well worth exploring. On the down side, I wish they would stop eating all those adorable sheep :)

      MH

      Margaret Hanson

      Reviewed on 21/09/2018

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      Very good trip. We had mixed weather, but the hikes were excellent. The trip left me with a desire to revisit some of the parks for a more in depth experience.

      KD

      Karren Driver

      Reviewed on 11/08/2018

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Wilderness Scotland is a very professionally run organisation which is superbly represented by its guides. The guides bring the tours to life, explaining the landscape, wildlife and history of the places visited. Without the local knowledge, the trip would be just walking through beautiful landscapes. It's the extra "bits" the guides contribute with their wit, wisdom and energy, that make the whole experience extra-ordinary!

      Difficulty Grades Explained

      Blue Graded Walking Holidays

      Blue graded walking holidays are suitable for fit and experienced hikers. We walk at a good pace and you can expect to be out for 6-8 hours a day. You will not always be on a path and the terrain underfoot can be rough and boggy, including boulder fields and mountain tops. Some of the daily walks will involve a mountain ascent of over 3000ft / 900m high. Daily distances will be typically up to 16km but may be longer occasionally. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

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