Following yesterday’s announcement (28 March) that Slow holiday company Inntravel is one of five to have been shortlisted for the Which? Awards 2017 ‘Travel Brand of the Year’ category, the walking specialist has extended its European programme of self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking holidays to include a dozen within the UK. With National Walking Month approaching (in May), the days already stretching out, and the UK looking its most beautiful in the spring sunshine, there is no better time to explore our ‘green and pleasant land’. Introduced by Inntravel this spring are three brand new six-night journeys on foot: The Hardy Way, The Hills & Dales of Yorkshire and TheLandscapes of The Peak District.
NEW UK WALKING HOLIDAYS FOR SPRING
The Hardy Way: Walk along Britain’s first literature-themed long-distance path, the backdrop to many of Thomas Hardy’s tales and the epitome of rural England. Inntravel has worked with Margaret Marande, author of The Hardy Way – A 19th-century Pilgrimage, to create this holiday by selecting the highlights of her 220-mile curated walk through Hardy’s verdant Wessex landscapes. Spend the night at the Inn in Cranborne where Hardy once stayed, follow in Tess of the d’Ubervilles‘ footsteps to Win Green, and visit Shaftesbury – or Shaston as Hardy called it in Jude the Obscure. Walk between villages with duck ponds and thatched cottages and through idyllic chalk downs landscapes, while staying in charming inns of great character.
Price: from £598pp including 6 nights’ B&B accommodation, 1 dinner, 2 picnics, luggage transfers, route notes and maps, and a transfer to first guesthouse to pick up the car. Available 1 April to 31 October 2017.
Hills & Dales of Yorkshire: In an area of outstanding natural beauty, this varied walk explores three of Yorkshire’s finest and most scenic dales: Overdale, Wensleydale and Swaledale. Starting in Middleham, with its horse-racing stables and impressive ruins of a 12th castle, head along Wensleydale via Aysgarth Falls and Castle Bolton, and over to the elegant market town of Richmond via Swaledale. En route, take in paths and bridleways across meadows and moors that are criss-crossed by the dry-stone walls, so characteristic of the Dales. Stay in a mixture of small guesthouses and country inns, finishing in the Frenchgate guesthouse in Richmond, boasting panoramic views over the valley towards Easby Abbey.
Price: from £565pp including 6 nights’ B&B, 1 dinner, 2 picnics, luggage transfers, route notes and maps, and a transfer to first guesthouse to pick up the car. Available 1 April-31 October 2017.
Landscapes of the Peak District – Discover the contrast between the manicured gardens of the grand stately homes, like Chatsworth, and the straggling rocky escarpments of Britain’s first National Park while on this hotel-to-hotel walking break. The route follows the River Derwent towards the moors and a series of striking and dramatic ‘gritstone edges’. Pass medieval North Lees Hall that inspired Charlotte Brontë to write ‘Jane Eyre’ after visiting the area in 1845. Returning to the river and the charming market town of Hathersage, head off to the final destination in Castleton, taking in stunning views from the hills en route to the geological gems of Mam Tor and the Blue John Mines.
Price: from £515pp including 6 nights’ B&B in 2 country inns and a guesthouse, 3 picnics, luggage transfers, route notes and maps, and a transfer to first guesthouse to pick up the car. Available 2 May-31 October 2017.
In all, there are seven areas of the UK in which Inntravel offers walking holidays and short breaks, each with their own distinctive feature. Others are offered in: the Cotswolds with its gorgeous golden stone from which the cottages are built; the magnificent coastline of Northumberland; the borderlands of Shropshire; the wetland Broads of northern Suffolk; and the North York Moors with its vast expanses of heather.
Yorkshire Gastronomic Celebration – Although not new for 2017, this short break features a mixture of fantastic independent walks, welcoming accommodation, exclusive insights and, of course, great food. To gain privileged access to the best artisan food producers in the North Yorkshire Moors, the Howardian Hills and the Yorkshire Wolds, Inntravel works with gourmet food trail company Yorkshire Food Finder. Including stays at three high quality hotels, the fitting finale is a five-course tasting menu featuring the very best in local produce at The Talbot Hotel in Malton. Malton is considered to be Yorkshire’s Food Capital where, between 27 – 28 May, the hugely popular Malton Food Lovers Festival will attract tens of thousands of visitors. Among the sponsors will be Inntravel who are based just a short drive from the town. Headlining at this year’s Festival will be new judge of The Great British Bake Off, Prue Leith and celebrity chef and British-Jamaican reggae musician, Levi Roots.
Price: from £830pp including 4 nights’ half board (including 1 tasting menu), 2 picnics, 1.5 days privately guided visits, walking maps and detailed route notes, and a transfer to first guesthouse to pick up the car. Available 1 April-11 November 2017.
INNTRAVEL ON THE WHICH? AWARDS 2017 ‘TRAVEL BRAND OF THE YEAR’ SHORTLIST
Inntravel is one of five companies shortlisted for the Which? 2017 Travel Brand of the Year. The others are Premier Inn, Regent Seven Seas, Riviera Travel and Trailfinders. As the shortlist for this year’s Which? Awards was announced, Inntravel’s managing director, Karl Watson commented, “We are immensely proud to have been nominated by Which? in their prestigious annual awards and we firmly believe it is a strong endorsement of our dedication and commitment to quality.” Award winners will be crowned at a ceremony on 17th May.
Check out Inntravel’s full programme of UK-based short breaks and longer holidays here, or for further information on their worldwide programme visit inntravel.co.uk or call 01653 617000. Prices above are all per person based on two sharing.