Short Daily Mileage Walks

 

A walking holiday doesn't have to mean long distances. It can mean savouring the scenery, settling down for a leisurely picnic, pausing at each viewpoint you encounter, or exploring one of the fascinating locations until you have uncovered its every story and secret.

Our extensive collection of walking holidays has been designed to suit walkers of all ages and abilities, so for those who prefer to walk shorter mileage on each day and have more time to explore the sights and sounds of the trail, we recommend the following holidays:

The Lake District

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With glorious fells, pristine tarns and walking trails winding through many beautiful corners, the Lake District embraces every outdoors activity, attracting people from all over the world. Whether you are looking for lofty summits, secluded tarns or far-reaching views, the Lake District has something for everyone and there are a range of holidays for people looking to take their time, prolonging their enjoyment of this marvellous area.

On the South Lakes Short Break, literature is as much an attraction as the idyllic valleys and villages. The trail visits Grasmere, where Wordsworth once lived and described as the 'loveliest spot that man hath ever found'; Coniston, where Arthur Ransome spent his childhood holidays and Hill Top, the former home of Beatrix Potter. With an average daily mileage of 5 miles (7.5km), the SLSB2 itinerary explores the Lake District's best-loved areas in just 6 days.

If scenic mountain passes and ancient packhorse tracks are more to your taste, consider the Lakeland Three Passes Walk. With just 7-7.5 miles (11-12km) of walking on each day, you can absorb the atmosphere of the famous Borrowdale, Langdale and Wasdale valleys, marvelling over such sights as the Langdale Pikes and Sprinkling Tarn. For those with a head for heights, there is a high level option on each day, giving you the opportunity to substitute short mileage with some of our favourite Lakeland summits, including Raise, Thunacar Knott, Harrison Stickle, Scafell Pike, Great Gable, Green Gable, Brandreth and Grey Knots.

 

The Peak District

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The Peak District is home to a landscape of rolling green fields, dry stone walls and pretty rural villages. Dotted around this landscape is evidence of a rich history, from tales of tragic self-sacrifice to ancient village stocks, medieval market crosses and churches.

It is this history that is uncovered on the Peak District 'Cross Country' Walk, which travels between twelve ancient crosses and a series of traditional Derbyshire villages.

To help you make the most of the tranquil Derbyshire atmosphere, there are three itineraries that involve short daily mileage. The PDC2 features average daily mileage of just 7 miles (11km) while the PDC3 involves an average of 5 miles (7.5km) per day and the PDC4, just 4 miles (6.5km).

Another fantastic trail around the Peak District is the Limestone Way which visits the green dales and limestone landscapes of the White Peak area of the district. There are two low mileage walks available on this trail; LIME3 allows you to stroll along the entire trail with an average daily mileage of 8 miles (12.5km), whereas LIMEH2 visits the Limestone Way Taster Break with an average daily mileage of 9 miles (14.5km).

 

Northumberland Coastal Path


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The Northumberland Coast Path is wild, unspoilt and bursting with atmospheric castles, moody panoramas and some of Britain's most beautiful golden beaches, not to mention the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, with its rich history and photogenic scenery.

The NCCT4 itinerary includes a very short day of just 3.5 miles (5.5km) between Beal and Holy Island. This means that you will have plenty of time to explore Holy Island and all of its attractions, including the castle, priory, church and museum. The average daily mileage across the rest of the trail is under 7 miles, giving you time to absorb the trail's extraordinary atmosphere or pull of your walking boots and feel the sand through your toes. If you are looking for a shorter break or long weekend however, the NCCH3 itinerary takes in the highlights of the path with an average daily mileage of 6 miles (9.5km).

The St Oswald's Way Coastal Section is a superb alternative route along Northumberland's Coast. With an average daily mileage of 7 miles (11km), the OSWC4 itinerary captures all of the beauty of the coastline between the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and the fortified village of Warkworth, as well as the Bamburgh Dunes, a Site of Special Scientific Interest that is home to a diverse range of plants and animals.

 

Settle to Carlisle Way


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The line of the Settle to Carlisle railway, one of the most scenic railways in England, traverses some of the most rugged limestone scenery of the Yorkshire Dales. Taking in a series of wonderful towns and villages, as well as 21 spectacular viaducts and a whole host of other marvels of Victorian railway engineering, the trail passes through the Yorkshire Dales and into the tranquil Eden Valley.

At 97 miles long, the Settle to Carlisle Way can be completed in just 7 days, but if this sounds a little ambitious, we recommend the S2C5 itinerary, which involves average daily mileage of just 7 miles (11km).

If you do not have the time to walk the whole trail, but would still like to walk short mileage, consider the S2CD3 itinerary, which follows the railway through the limestone landscape of the Yorkshire Dales and involves an average mileage of just 6.5 miles (12.5km) per day. For the Eden Valley section, the S2CE4 can be completed in 8 days and the average daily mileage is just 7 miles (13km).

 

Hadrian's Wall Path


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The Hadrian's Wall Path is one of our most popular trails due to its iconic British history; the wall was constructed in AD122 to hold back the advancing barbarians, and remains to this day as the largest ancient monument in Northern Europe. It is widely agreed that the best way to experience this amazing landmark is to walk along its length from coast to coast, following in the footsteps of the legionaries. If you are looking for a less strenuous break however, we have two short daily mileage itineraries for the Hadrian's Wall Path that proudly showcase the best parts of the trail at a pace to suit you. Our Taster Break itinerary HWPSB2 has an average daily mileage of 8.5 miles (13.5km) across 5 days, whereas our Highlights itinerary HHWP2 is even more manageable with an average daily mileage of 7 miles (11km).

 

Cotswolds

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The chocolate-box villages, rolling fields, ancient woodlands and classic sheep strewn fields of the Cotswolds have a timeless beauty that keep people returning year upon year to discover more.

If it is a circuit of the finest Cotswold towns and villages that you are looking for, try the COTR2 itinerary of the Cotswold Round. Over a period of 9 nights and 8 walking days, the trail visits a series of towns that were once made wealthy by the trade of wool. It passes through pleasant villages with cottages of honey coloured Cotswold stone and explores the tranquil Windrush Valley.

Alternatively, the COTH2 itinerary of the Cotswold Highlights trail experiences the Cotswold's 'showpiece' villages over 7 nights and 6 walking days.

With average daily mileage of less than 8 miles (13km), you will have plenty of time to explore locations such as Sudeley Castle near Winchcombe, once home to Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's first wife, and Chipping Campden with its range of historic buildings.

 

South West Coast Path


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It may be the longest way marked footpath in Britain, but the South West Coast Path doesn't have to be a challenge reserved for super-fit athletes. While the trail can be steep and challenging in places, short daily mileage can help to make the trail more palatable, not to mention giving you more time to breathe in the fresh sea air and soak up the delights of some of Britain's finest coastline.

Each section of the South West Coast Path has its own charm and on Cornwall's Atlantic Coast South it is the picturesque fishing villages, harbours and quiet, sandy bays that contrast perfectly with remnants of the area's tin mining past and tales of ships lured to their wreckage by spectacular, but dangerous rock stacks. Consider the CACS3 for average daily mileage of just 6.5 miles (10.5km).

For fragrant coastal flowers, abundant birdlife, mysterious standing stones, rugged cliffs and some of the most delightful fishing villages that you can imagine, try the Far West of Cornwall, England's most westerly point. Generally considered to be the most demanding section of the coastal path, the FWC4 itinerary offers an average daily mileage of just 6.5 miles (10.5km) over 6 walking days, giving you the chance to embrace the challenge without rushing.

In East Devon, red sandstone cliffs dominate and the world renowned Jurassic Coastline, providing opportunities for fossil hunting along the beaches. The EDEV2 itinerary allows you to experience it all in just 4 walking days and with an average daily mileage of just 7.5 miles (12km), you'll be able to cherish every step.

 

Kennet and Avon Canal


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The Kennet and Avon Canal walk is a wonderful stroll along the riverbanks, visiting a collection of charming settlements and enjoying a range of pretty landscapes, such as the Chalk Hills of the North Wessex Downs and the southern fringes of the Cotswolds. From the lively city of Reading to the World Heritage City of Bath, this trail plunges into peaceful moorlands, quiet forests and open fields, as well as visiting sleepy villages and bustling market towns along the way.

With an average daily mileage of 7 miles (11.5km) the KAC6 itinerary allows you to traverse the entire trail at your own pace, giving you plenty of chance to explore the quintessentially English countryside and learn more about the industrial history of the local area.

 

Wales

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The Welsh countryside has sights and scenery to suit everyone, including deep, lush valleys, rolling hills and mountain ranges, quiet market towns and lots of fascinating historical discoveries. One such trail that offers all of this and much more is the Wye Valley Walk, which follows one of Wales' most beautiful rivers from its source in Plynlimon all the way to Chepstow where it meets with the sea. For walkers seeking a short daily mileage break along this trail, we recommend the WVSB3 itinerary; a short, circular walk along both banks of the south section of the river. With an average daily mileage of around 7 miles (11km), this walk boasts highlights such as the spectacular viewpoint of Wintours Leap, the tranquil and ancient woodlands by the river and many opportunities to spot a variety of birdlife.

If castles feed your interest in history and secluded valleys satisfy your need for peace and tranquillity, then the Three Castles Walk is a must. Based in Grosmont throughout your holiday, the walk visits the castles of Skenfrith, Grosmont and White Castle, before making its way through the beautiful Monnow Valley. With an average daily mileage of just 6.5 miles (10.5km), the 3CW2 itinerary means that you will have enough time to uncover the secrets of Monmouthshire's border towns with all their turbulent history.

Further south along the Welsh coast is the Ceredigion Coast Path; a perfect trail for nature-lovers and wildlife spotters. The beaches and bays along the path are often home to bottlenose dolphins and grey seals, while venturing slightly inland offers the chance to spot wild ponies and a variety of birdlife. The southern section of this path in particular begins in the little village of Llanrhystud and has some remarkable views, and our CDGPS4 itinerary has an average daily mileage of 7 miles (11km), allowing for a gentle stroll to soak it all in.

 

Scotland

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The Ayrshire Coastal Path is a wonderfully diverse trail boasting some of the finest views in Scotland. From quiet woodlands and heather-covered moors, to bustling fishing villages, dramatic clifftop views and ancient castles, this walking path is sure to satisfy any walker's taste for adventure.

The AYRS4 itinerary covers the wild southern section of the Ayrshire coastal path, and is a perfect short mileage break with an average daily mileage of 7.5 miles (11.5km). At this pace, you are free to explore the trail and unearth its historic secrets, including the smuggling caves where the legend of Sawney Bean is said to have resided.

Another fantastic low-mileage Scottish walk is the Dava Way, which follows a long-disused railway track and takes in many varied and beautiful views, including the Caingorm Mountains, Moray Firth and even the distant hills of Caithness on its journey towards the Moray Coast. The DAVW2 itinerary covers the trail in three days with an average daily mileage of just 7.5 miles (11.5km), making this walk a perfect choice for those looking for a short, gentle escape into the Scottish Highlands.