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England’s Lake District, Cotswolds & Scottish Highlands 2015

England’s Lake District, Cotswolds & Scottish Highlands 2015

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Tour Pace
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Walk Challenge
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Great Britain has long been a favorite destination with Americans. Over the years, no other WAI Adventure has taken more travelers abroad than our trips to what Shakespeare referred to as “this scepter’d isle” (Richard II). Something about the bucolic panoramas, historic sites, traditional way of life, and familiar names seems to strike a nerve in the heart of the American traveler. So much of who we are as a nation is tied to Great Britain — we share a similar system of law and government, a common language (sort of), parallel cultures; in short, an inextricably linked heritage.

We invite you to join us in the summer of 2015 as we explore the countries that gave us Shakespeare and Robert Louis Stevenson, Henry VIII and Robert the Bruce, Peter Rabbit and Alice in Wonderland! Come walk with us over stone bridges and past thatch-roofed houses in the Cotswolds; through the green, rolling hills and stone-fenced pastures of Beatrix Potter’s beloved Lake District; over heather-clad hills and across Scottish seas to the historic, windswept Isle of Iona; and along the streets of charming Edinburgh, one of our favorite walking cities on the planet!

Two Adventures to England and Scotland in 2015!
Due to a high level of interest in walking in the British Isles next year, we are offering two tours to England and Scotland, one in mid-July and the other during the first two weeks of August. The itineraries are nearly identical.

Contact us to Register today!

 

 

Your Guides

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Tim & Jeannette Friesen

Tim and Jeannette have the dubious distinction of sharing the last name Friesen with certain other Team members (Tim is Dan’s “little” brother). Tim spends the school year as a high school music teacher in Molalla, Oregon, and is occasionally known to burst into song on tour in places other than the shower! Jeannette works part time in the office helping travelers over the phone and generally keeping us organized! Tim and Jeannette currently lead summertime walking adventures in Europe, and are looking forward to the time when they can leave their day jobs behind and hit the trail on a year-round basis.

For more information please call Debbie or Jeannette at 1.800.779.0353 or email us at fun@walkingadventures.com

England’s Lake District, Cotswolds & Scottish Highlands

1st Departure: July 16 – 27, 2015 l 12 Days l $4950
2nd Departure: August 2 – 13, 2015 l 12 Days l $4950

Including:

  • All land travel as outlined
  • Superior tourist-class (3 star) or better hotels
  • Ferry roundtrip from Oban to Isle of Mull and Mull to Isle of Iona
  • 19 meals: 11 breakfasts & 8 dinners as denoted (BD)
  • 7 walks as listed
  • Fees for IVV walking credit (sanctions applied for)
  • WAI guide service throughout (2 guides)
  • Cultural & historic expertise of a local guide throughout
  • All tipping for local guides and coach drivers
  • A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $950

Visits to (including any admission fees):

  • Clotted cream tea – Chipping Campden, England
  • Cruises on Lake Windermere – Lake District, England
  • Glencoe Visitor Centre – Scotland
  • Iona Abbey – Scotland
  • Bannockburn Heritage Centre & Battlefield – Scotland
  • 24-hour hop-on-hop-off bus pass – Edinburgh, Scotland
  • More fun and interesting stops than we can list!

Optional Excursion:

  • Beatrix Potter’s house in Hill Top – Lake District, England (DAY 5)

NOTE: Each departure offers a different included special activity. The July Departure features Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice in Stratford Upon Avon. The August Departure features the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Contact us to Register today!

Testimonials

“Well planned outings, great guides, new experiences & friendliness of staff.”

- John & Shari S; Cheney, WA
For more information please call Debbie or Jeannette at 1.800.779.0353 or email us at fun@walkingadventures.com

England’s Lake District, Cotswolds & Scottish Highlands

DAY 1-July 16 & August 2: Arrive St. Andrew-Cheshire, England (D)

We rendezvous in merry ole England today at a lovely hotel in a quiet rural area south of Manchester International Airport. The hotel is only 8 miles from the airport. Taxis are therefore the easiest way for you to arrive at the hotel. Early arrivals will find a number of walking trails to explore from the hotel, which is a golf and spa resort set on 270 acres of gardens and woodland. The Bollin Valley Way walk, for example, takes you by a 12th century Norman chapel and 18th century Prestbury Hall. Be sure to return in time for the Welcome Orientation this evening at 6 pm, followed by a “Get-Acquainted” dinner.

DAY 2-July 17 & August 3: St. Andrew-Cheshire – Stratford Upon Avon, England (BD)

Badby English Countryside Walk - 5 km, rated 2B

We head south today toward the small, rural community of Badby. A lovely walk here through woods and across meadows takes us to a charming country chapel with connections to the George Washington family. After a stop at Fawsley Manor, venerable home of nobility in centuries past, we finish with a pint at the pub that serves as our finish point. Our home for the next two nights is nearby Stratford-Upon-Avon, home of the Bard, William Shakespeare.

DAY 3-July 18 & August 4: Activities from Stratford Upon Avon (B)

Cotswolds Walk – 7 km, rated 2B

We spend the day in the Cotswolds, an area renowned for its honey-colored limestone buildings, thatch-roofed homes, and graceful stone bridges arching across lazy, wandering streams. Walking trails abound, and we are excited to present a new route led by our walking friends from Badby. Following our Cotswold walk, we visit delightful towns with names like Bourton-on-the-Water and Chipping Campden. The afternoon highlight is a proper cream tea in Chipping Campden, a uniquely southern English delight not available as we move north.

July Departure: The Shakespearean classic Merchant of Venice is included tonight in the recently renovated Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Come find out how Shylock schemes to extract his “pound of flesh”!

DAY 4-July 19 & August 5: Stratford Upon Avon – Ambleside, England (BD)

Windermere Lakeside Stroll - 8 km, rated 1B

We leave Stratford today and continue our Adventure in the beautiful Lake Country of northern England. The quaint town of Ambleside, on the northern shore of Lake Windermere, is home for the next two nights. Lake Windermere is England’s largest lake, and a pleasant walk along its idyllic shores, punctuated by three lake cruises, provides this afternoon’s introduction to the Lake Country.

DAY 5-July 20 & August 6: Activities in the Lake District (B)

Bowness & Beatrix Lake Country Walk - 10 km, rated 3B

A brief morning ferry ride takes us back across Lake Windermere to start today’s hike. Our route climbs from the lake along country lanes and through tiny communities to the village of Hill Top, home of beloved children’s author Beatrix Potter. From Hill Top, we return to Lake Windermere through more pastoral panoramas, winding past stone fences and among groups of complacent grazing sheep. We cross the lake again reluctantly, leaving with the sense that we’ve discovered a place where time stands still.

Optional activity: A short self-guided tour (well-informed docents are on hand) through Beatrix Potter’s home and garden may be available mid-walk. Estimated price: $15

DAY 6-July 21 & August 7: Ambleside – Pitlochry, Scotland (BD)

Lake Grasmere Walk - 6 km, rated 1B

This morning’s walk circles neighboring Lake Grasmere, and offers a trademark serenity that has long drawn writers and poets like William Wordsworth. Wordsworth was England’s Poet Laureate during the later years of his life, but earlier earned a reputation as one of the “Lake Poets” while living with his sister Dorothy in Dove Cottage in Grasmere. Leaving the Lake District, we head north for Scotland and the highland town of Pitlochry.

DAY 7-July 22 & August 8: Pitlochry – Ballachulish, Scotland (BD)

Aviemore Highland Trail - 11 km, rated 3B

Today’s Scottish trek near Aviemore takes us across heather-clad hills and through deeply wooded dales with enchanting highland panoramas. This afternoon we visit Glencoe, a place of stark highland beauty with a tale of poignant clan treachery and tragedy. A film in the visitor center provides insight into the 17th century "Murder under Trust" that was perpetrated here between the McDonalds and the Campbells.

DAY 8-July 23 & August 9: Ballachulish – Craignure, Scotland (BD)

An excursion to the Hebrides Islands forms the centerpiece of today’s activities. We cross to the Isle of Mull by ferry, then motor through remote terrain in the shadow of the volcanic peak, Ben More. From the tiny hamlet of Fionnphort, a pedestrian ferry takes us to the historic, windswept Isle of Iona - 6th century birthplace of Christianity in Scotland. Often attacked by marauding Vikings attracted by the riches of the abbey, the isle offers present-day explorers the singular sensation of wandering this beautiful, isolated corner of the Hebrides. We overnight on the island of Mull.

DAY 9-July 24 & August 10: Craignure – Aberfoyle, Scotland (BD)

Our route turns east towards Edinburgh this morning, crossing by ferry to Oban then stopping en route at Bannockburn Battlefield to retrace the 14th century heroics of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce in this dramatic chapter of Scottish history. We overnight in the Lock Lomond area, one of Scotland’s many highland lakes, in a lovely forested setting. Take a swim in the pool, book a spa treatment, or go for a hike on one of the local trails along the lake.

DAY 10-July 25 & August 11: Aberfoyle – Edinburgh, Scotland (B)

Historic Edinburgh Trail - 10 km, rated 2A

Positioned on a strategic rock, Edinburgh Castle has been used as a fortress since the 7th century, bearing the brunt of this city’s turbulent history. Our all-day walk in delightful Edinburgh features the Castle; the Palace of Holyroodhouse; and the Royal Mile, including the John Knox House, Deacon Brodie’s Pub, Greyfriar’s Bobby, and a host of other only-in-Edinburgh attractions (admissions not included)! Dinner is on your own tonight with some free time* to explore the sights of Edinburgh.

*August Departure: After dinner on your own this evening, we rendezvous to attend the world-famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo, an outstanding outdoor cornucopia of performing arts presented on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.

DAY 11-July 26 & August 12: Activities in Edinburgh (BD)

Enjoy this "bonus day" to explore Edinburgh. You’ll be provided with a 24-hour hop-on-hop-off bus pass to return to highlights you didn’t have time for yesterday or explore new corners of fascinating Edinburgh. There is always an abundance of attractions available simply by strolling the Royal Mile. Later this evening, we compare notes, swap stories, and reminisce about the Adventure at our Farewell Dinner.

DAY 12-July 27 & August 13: Depart from Edinburgh (B)

Our travels together in Great Britain end today with a drive to the airport outside Edinburgh. We return home with new walking friends, fond memories of our adventures, and a greater appreciation of the history, culture, and scenery of the England’s Lake District, Cotswolds, and the Scottish Highlands!

Contact us to Register today!

Your Guides

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Tim & Jeannette Friesen

Tim and Jeannette have the dubious distinction of sharing the last name Friesen with certain other Team members (Tim is Dan’s “little” brother). Tim spends the school year as a high school music teacher in Molalla, Oregon, and is occasionally known to burst into song on tour in places other than the shower! Jeannette works part time in the office helping travelers over the phone and generally keeping us organized! Tim and Jeannette currently lead summertime walking adventures in Europe, and are looking forward to the time when they can leave their day jobs behind and hit the trail on a year-round basis.

For more information please call Debbie or Jeannette at 1.800.779.0353 or email us at fun@walkingadventures.com

How do I lock in my place on this Adventure?

We are now accepting reservations. Send in your registration ($500) to save your spot! A maximum of 30 travelers will be accepted on each departure. A signed copy of the Registration Form is necessary to secure your spot.

Already Early Birded?

If you are among the travelers who submitted a $50 Early Bird deposit, you have until November 14 to secure your spot with an additional $450 (total of $500) registration.

Two Adventures to England and Scotland in 2015!

Due to a high level of interest in walking in the British Isles next year, we are offering two tours to England and Scotland, one in mid-July and the other during the first two weeks of August. The itineraries are nearly identical.

Each departure offers a different included special activity. The July Departure features Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice in Stratford Upon Avon, and the August Departure features the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

General Tour Conditions and Registration Form

These forms are available here or by hard copy on request. To finalize your official registration, a completed and signed copy of the Registration Form is necessary. Please be sure to read all the fun stuff (the fine print) in the General Tour Conditions!

Travel Insurance

WAI believes strongly in the importance of travel insurance for financial and medical protection from any number of unforeseen circumstances that can arise before departure or during your Adventure.

Many travel insurance providers are available for you to consider. Debbi Custer of World Travel Inc. a travel agent who provides air travel services to many WAI travelers, can provide travel insurance options for your WAI tour as well as your airfare. (email debbi@wtpdx.com -OR- call 888-276-0925 / 503-231-9507). For those of you who purchase airfare through Debbi, purchasing your travel insurance from her as well may be the simplest option. As always, do some shopping to ensure you are getting the best value. Using the Insuremytrip.com website can be a good way to compare pricing.

Other options include:

We suggest purchasing from a reputable, well-established insurance company (avoid buying insurance from an unknown company found only online). In addition, be aware that some travel insurance policies contain time-sensitive provisions—i.e. some benefits are available only if the policy is purchased within a certain number of days of the purchase of the travel package.

How Is Airfare Arranged?

The official starting point for this Adventure is the Manchester Airport, with the finish point in Edinburgh, Scotland. Airfare to and from the start point is not included in the package price. We recommend that you contact the travel agent we work with to help book your flight arrangements. In this age of airfare complications and airport uncertainty, using a travel agent is a good investment! More details about flight arrangements and travel agent contact information will be provided in the Adventure Advice flyer, mailed to you after you register for the Adventure. Please do not book your airfare prior to receiving the Adventure Advice flyer!

Group Travel Credit

If you are part of a Group, remember that your full deposit of $500 is still required to hold your spot on this Adventure. Your group leader is responsible to submit your name in writing to us before you make your $500 registration payment, qualifying you for the Group Travel Credit. A full registration payment is needed to officially reserve your place.

What About the Walks?

We generally walk at a pace of 2 to 3 miles per hour. A few walks on this trip are oriented towards history and culture, which slows the average pace to allow for guide commentary. Walks with less commentary generally continue at a steadier pace. In most cases, we are not “strolling.” We are walking at a relaxed but steady pace. Your experience will be significantly affected by your level of physical fitness. Most of the walks on this Adventure are guided walks. The success of the walks is therefore predicated upon walkers having this minimum level of fitness. If not walking regularly at home, we strongly recommend that you make a priority of “training” beforehand in order to both enjoy the trip and avoid medical issues due to overexertion. If you have questions about your ability to participate, please talk with Debbie in our office at 1.800.779.0353.

We have adopted a walk difficulty rating system, provided by the American Volkssport Association (AVA), which contains a numeric indicator for trail incline and an alpha indicator for trail terrain. The explanation for this system is presented clicking here.

What Happens Next?

Upon registering for this Adventure, you will receive a welcome letter, initial invoice, and Adventure Advice flyer with important information about steps to take in the months before your trip. Please do not buy your airline tickets until you receive the Adventure Advice flyer. The final payment for the program is due 90 days before departure, and you will receive a final billing about 2 weeks prior to that point, along with a factsheet of additional information about the Adventure to help you get prepared! Then, about 3 weeks before departure, you will receive a final packet with all the details of the program, including hotel names and contact information, a list of fellow travelers, and a more detailed daily schedule.

For now, we invite you to enjoy perusing this itinerary - a travel experience dripping with the scenery and culture of Great Britain! Then call us to lock in your spot and get ready to explore the backroads and country lanes of England and Scotland next summer!

Contact us to Register today!

Testimonials

“I have heard nothing but good things about WAI and this trip lived up to your reputation.”

- Mary Ann G; Richmond, VA
For more information please call Debbie or Jeannette at 1.800.779.0353 or email us at fun@walkingadventures.com

Photos and videos coming soon!

Testimonials

"WAI going to great lengths to accommodate the needs of tour members. Incorporating local cultural experiences into the tour.”

- Bliss M; Tacoma, WA
For more information please call Debbie or Jeannette at 1.800.779.0353 or email us at fun@walkingadventures.com