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Walking the English Countryside: the Cotswolds and Cornwall

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Program #18730RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Carol from Shutesbury, MA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/01/13 - 10/14/13
Delightful walking, invigorating hiking and immersion in the natural beauty that are the Cotswolds and Cornwall. The access to public trails is incredible, the cliffs dramatic, the guides open and knowledgable. . Food, accommodations and transportation were all good, and our group was fun and energetic. A trip deserving of a 5 star rating!

Bill from Palmerton, PA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 09/17/13 - 09/30/13
Bill from Palmerton, PA This program is a wonderful way to experience the charm and beauty of both the Cotswolds and Cornwall areas of England. The treks are challenging at times and do require good non-slip, water resistant hiking footwear. Treking poles are not a must have but I found useful on slippery rocky early morning treks along the coastal paths of Cornwall. Lodging and meals were top notch. There was ample free time to explore the villages we hiked to prior to boarding transportation back to our hotel and dinner. The overall pace of the program was well done with a diversified agenda that made the overall experience most enjoyable.

Nancy from San Diego, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/17/13 - 09/30/13
I love to hike, so I chose a program at the most challenging level in a location that was totally different from the mountains of Southern California. The Cotswolds and the Cornwall Coast both had walking trails of great beauty. The hotels and food were first-rate. The other participants were a fun and varied group. Every day I woke up looking forward to a wonderful walking experience, and at the end of every day I was tired and happy. Our fearless leaders, Geoff and Roy, were funny and knowledgeable.

Carolyn from Newcastle, WA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/01/13 - 10/14/13
This trip exceeded all of my expectations. It was wonderful to be walking in these two beautiful parts of England with fun people, great guides, and oustanding scenery. The meals and hotels were excellent! Each walk was completely different and each day was wonderful with delightful experiences. I could go on this trip again in a couple of years.

Eleanor from Warner, NH Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 09/03/13 - 09/16/13
Hiking in the Cotswolds and Cornwall is a strenuous, but fantastic marriage of ambition and satisfaction. These areas can best be experienced on the ground and at walking speed. I heartily recommend the experience while you still can walk.

Janet from Tampa, FL Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 07/09/13 - 07/22/13
I hiked this last July and had a wonderful time. anyone who enjoys the outdoors and seeing the countryside should take this trip!

Maude from Burbank, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/25/13 - 07/08/13
These programs provide a wonderful way to see the world with other people who share the same curiosity; it is the people who go on these trips who are as interesting as the destination itself.

Heidi from Fair Oaks, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/18/12 - 10/01/12
What can I say, but I spent two spectacular weeks walking with many wonderful folks from all over the US in two very picturesque and historical landscapes. We were very fortunate to have two great guides in Geoff and Roy as we trekked the Cotswolds and the breathtaking coastline of Cornwall. Sticky toffee pudding is now my new favorite dessert and who knew a pudding club existed?! Our accommodations were homey and inviting and they treated us to many wonderful meals. You would think with all the walking we did I would have lost weight but who could pass up the cream teas and good salty ham. This just makes me want to keep walking with Road Scholar - maybe I'll lose weight next time. And if you do happen to travel with Roy, ask him about his theory on witches! A mysterious and magical place is the UK and what better way to see it than on foot.

Carol from Freeland, WA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/18/12 - 10/01/12
This trip exceeded my expectations. Walking the ancient Public Footpaths that link the countryside in Cotswold and Cornwall was a lifetime dream come true. Our guides, Geoff and "Rockin" Roy, were professional, knowledgeable and fun to be with. Each day was packed with hiking, sightseeing, tours, lectures and amazingly delicous food! The chef at Three Ways House really knows pudding! Now I understand why the famous Pudding Club meets there.

Our guide in Oxford, Brian, was terrific! It was like having your own private tutor traveling with you for the day. Many of the lectures and guided tours were outstanding.

The highlight of the trip for me was hiking the trails along the Cornwall coast. The vistas were breathtakingly beautiful, the villages welcoming and hikes were exhilarating. The combination of sea, sky and coastline were unforgetable.

Our traveling companions were always ready for the next adventure and easy and enjoyable to be with. If you are looking for a trip that combines physical activity, history, and lots of natural beauty this just might be the one.

Ann from Whidbey Island, WA
Trip date 9/18/12-10/01/12

Marsha from San Diego, CA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/18/12 - 10/01/12
This was a great trip with an excellent mix of hiking, sightseeing, and educational content. I recommend it to anyone who is in good shape and wants to hike in beautiful country with companionable people.

Cherrie from Fergus Falls, MN Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 04/17/12 - 04/30/12
Spring in the Cotswolds is almost too good to be true! Lambs frolic in the pastures, birdsongs abound, and flowering trees and shrubs brighten narrow country roads. There may be a light drizzle during the day, but warm fires will welcome you back to your spotless Three Ways House hotel, and a three course dinner will replenish calories expended walking six delightful miles through fields, up easy hills, and into charming little villages. City guides are well versed in local lore. Our guide through Christ Church College in Oxford was charm personified. Be sure to visit the Ashmoleon Museum to view its famous collections of art and artifacts, and if there is time, enjoy a cream tea at the rooftop restaurant. Hiking in Cornwall is quite a change from the Cotwolds' simple strolls! We were thankful that we had packed our hiking sticks and sturdy, wellworn boots! Expect lots of ups and downs, expansive views, quaint fishing villages, and numerous steep steps. These walks along the Cornish coast are worth the effort! Exploring the ruins of Tintagel Castle on a gusty day was a special delight for us, as was visiting the Lost Gardens of Heligan in the rain. Lanteglos Country House has wonderful meals and comfortable rooms. The full English breakfast is huge! Two lunches are provided by Road Scholar, and the rest can be enjoyed in pubs and teahouses along the way. Graham Lenox, our guide throughout the trip, was informative, patient, and knowledgeable, with that dry sense of humor for which his coutrymen are famous. We enjoyed Graham's company tremendously! This Road Scholar trip exceeded our expectations in every way. Try it. You will love it.!

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