A series of exceptional walks explore the history of these extraordinary isles.
The Heart Of England walks us from the Stone Age henges of Wiltshire into Roman Bath and the nearby villas.
From here we head north along the Welsh Marches to Ludlow where the great earthwork built by the Saxon King Offa makes a fine backdrop to our next walk. We drop down along the Malverns to the heart of the Cotswold Hills where we spend several days discovering the England of the Tudors and walking the great battlefields and castles of the Civil War. Finally visit Victorian England as we cruise the Thames past Windsor and eton to London.
The North Of England forms a giant loop from the glorious Lake District of the West where we visit an extraordinary stone circle and one of the Roman Empire's most remote forts to the East coast of Yorkshire. From the Lakes we head north to Hadrian's Wall before crossing the border to Scotland. We spend a day along the banks of the Tweed where we visit Walter Scott's house and his grave alongside that of Earl Haig, the first world war leader. We follow in the steps of Saint Cuthbert to the island of Lindisfarne before continuing South to the great romanesque cathedral of Durham where he is buried. Our trip ends in Yorkshire where we visit Bolton Castle, the great abbey ruins at Fountains as well as the historic city of York itself and one of England's stateliest homes – Castle Howard.
Our trip around the Irish Sea follows the great migrations and invasions across this narrow and busy stretch of water. On arrival we head to the North of Wales, the great castle of Conwy and the Isle of Anglesey. From here we travel over water to the East of Ireland, staying in the fabulous city of Dublin and making a trip to Tara, the ancient capital of this land. Later we go to the North and Derry where our history spans a much more recent period as we focus on the Troubles and in particular the Peace March of Bloody Sunday. We cross the sea again to the Argyll peninsula where we stay in the magnificent surrounds of the Crinan canal before returning to Glasgow airport by road.
The walk in the South West of England is a literary pilgrimage that takes in the four great counties of the region. From Hardy's Dorset, where we stay in a building which he helped to design, along Chesil Beach and the great Jurassic coast we travel to Somerset and the Glastonbury of Arthurian fame. From here we cross to the houses once lived in by Wordsworth and Coleridge on the edge of the Quantocks. From here we travel to Dartmoor and Dartmouth, fine wilderness areas familiar to us from the works of Agatha Christie and Conan Doyle. Then we turn west again, around the castle of Tintagel and down to the sublime southern coast of Daphne du Maurier.