Walking the English Countryside: The Cotswolds and Cornwall
Walk the English Countryside with experts, discovering sweeping landscapes, learning local history, sampling traditional foods and enjoying the vibrant culture of two unique regions.
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I took this trip with 3 friends and we had a fabulous time. Our accommodations were perfect, the meals delicious, there were several interesting events and our leaders, Jen & Nina, were awesome. The Cotswolds are lovely and the coastline of Cornwall is stunning! This was our first R.S. trip and at the "meet & greet" evening we were amazed to learn how many people had been on 12 or more trips with you - quite a recommendation. However, we found R.S. to be disorganized and difficult to deal with prior to our trip. We had decided to visit London for a few days before our trip began & R.S. made all of the flight arrangements for us. At that time we were told to be at Heathrow by 10am in order to be picked up on the day our tour began. Then our final packets arrived stating that we had to get from Heathrow to Mickleton on our own. Weeks of emails & phone calls ensued, each of us getting different answers from different people until someone finally relented & agreed to pick us up in London. Imagine our surprise when we learned from several fellow travelers that they also had flown over early & had no problems with pickup. And then there was Rosie, who didn't know what terminal we were to go to until around 1am on the last morning, (luckily we checked our emails in the morning!) We truly, thoroughly enjoyed our R.S. trip. However, due to all the travel problems we had I'm not sure that you will be the first choice for our next big adventure. Troy Evans


Great well planned trip,presented exactly as advertised.


Fresh air, incredible scenery, great food, warm friendships, fun times, caring guides, nudging oneself a bit physically (all good) for that very satisfying end-of-day "aaahh" feeling. Absolutely incredible trip! Cannot recommend it too highly!


I was a solo, first time, Road Scholar traveler. I opted to have my own room. I am 65. This was easily THE BEST vacation/trip I have EVER been on and I've traveled A LOT with my son. He is married now and this was the PERFECT alternative for traveling for me......Nancie, Iowa


I woke up each morning of the program excited about the plans for the day. The England I had read about for years was brought to life through hiking the hills, valleys and villages.


Wonderful program, but be prepared to hike. This program is enjoyable, scenic and challenging.


This overall wonderful program was particularly enhanced for us by spectacular weather, no rain.


Cotswold and Cornwall were picture postcard worthy every day. Our two guides were a delight as well as knowledgeable and indefatigable. We've never been disappointed in a Road Scholar trip but this one exceeded expectations in every way.


Discover a whole new part of being abroad by walking the countryside. Most tours are of cities, but RS walking tours get you close to the earth on which history took place. Enjoy the tranquility of nature, learn about the flora and fauna footstep by footstep, and marvel at the natural beauty of each region you visit.


Encompassing not one but two of the most iconic destinations England has to offer, and timed perfectly at the most comfortable time of year temperature-wise for hiking (Americanism for what the English call "walking"), this program appealed to me most of all the Road Scholar offerings for its destination of the year, England. The combining of the Cotswolds with Cornwall made it irresistible to me since I had visited neither area despite many previous trips to England. With the addition of city tours in the university city of Oxford, the cathedral city of Wells, and the Roman spa city of Bath, the itinerary was perfectly suited to my interests. Only trouble is I am a fair weather hiker, and our days were visited by rain nearly half the time. So despite the stigma of not soldiering through the wind and wet with this hardy hiking group, especially on the cliff top coastal walks in Cornwall, I got my steps in by exploring villages and landscapes often used as sets in my favorite British TV series such as Father Brown and Doc Martin, not to mention PBS Masterpiece Theater's Poldark and Downton Abbey. One of my British-born neighbors at home was green with envy at my opportunity to see Kelmscott Manor where she's never been, and gardening friends were impressed with the photos I took in the Lost Gardens of Heligan when the entire group got rained out of the day's designated hike. A chance to see Tintagel Castle was enough to woo most of our group from setting out on the final day of hiking when the leaders dropped the majority us off at this British Heritage site. Our two hostelries were also iconic, one being the home of the famous "Pudding Club" and the other the former parsonage for Saint Julitta's church, used in the filming of Doc Martin's wedding. Altogether this program was a big hit in quenching this Anglophile's thirst for lifelong learning about British history & culture, despite her missing some of the "walking" it entailed!


This was a superb experience in every respect. The locations chosen for the hikes, the mix of educational opportunities, the accommodations and the wonderful guides were as good as it gets.


This program included beautiful countryside and beautiful coastline, fast-paced long walks, abundant good food, great accommodation and lots of interesting activities. We really enjoyed it!


There are many programs that take you to the Cotswolds but only one Road Scholar one where you truly experience the beauty and history by walking through the countryside and this is it! Add Cornwall to the mix and you have a perfect trip. Our leader, Heather, was so knowledgeable and made each day one that I'll never forget. Bruce added to the overall experience with his humor and comments; and the 15 other RS participants made the journey so enjoyable.


If you like walking through farmland and villages and across scenic cliffs overlooking the ocean more than anything, this is the trip for you!


One of the very best vacation trips we've ever experienced. The Cotswolds and Cornwall have a tremendous amount of beauty, history and cultural interest, and the design and organization of this trip allowed us to maximize our exposure to what these places and their people have to offer. Highly recommended!


A unique opportunity to feel you are walking through history, from Roman forts to ancient field systems, through medieval cities and Georgian or Victorian-era villages, along coastal bluff with the roaring ocean crashing below and a lighthouse in the distance, through sheep pastures with braying lambs, along meandering rivers with moorhens or a swan and her cygnets gliding peacefully, over green hills sectioned by centuries-old stone walls, over stiles and river fords, along routes long tread by human foot. Enchanting and enriching from beginning to end. Thank you, Road Scholar.

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Great trip with a great group of people. The leaders were the best -- very supportive to even the slowest of us (me). Accommodations and food - couldn't have asked for better. The scenery - especially in Cornwall - WOW! All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this trip.


This was my first Roads Scholar trip, as well as the first trip I have made solo with an organized group. I was a bit unsure what to expect, but my experience far exceeded my expectations. The pace was just right for me, the places we walked were beautiful, and the food was excellent--I enjoyed it much more than I should have, perhaps. In spite of walking many miles each day, I managed to gain a few pounds. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys walking.


This program came highly recommended by hikers I met on another Road Scholar hiking trip, and I was not disappointed. The true way to fully embrace Cornwall and the Cotwolds is by walking these incredibly lovely footpaths, which have lasted centuries! The scenery, camaraderie, villages, architecture, and the itinerary were indeed memorable. I returned home with a sense of tranquility not typical of other travels. If you like long walks back to back which offer historical stops then you will love this trip.


The walk in the Cotswolds and Cornwall was stupendous. The hikes were through beautiful countryside, and charming villages. The leaders were outstanding - as were the participants! It was a terrific mix of hiking, walking and some poking around in charming locations. Seeing the filming of a scene for Doc Martin in Port Isaac was just icing on the cake. But typical of the opportunities available on this trip. Definitely good value!

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