Best place to go walking in England is a 'serene and soothing' spot with delicious food outlets along the way

Best place to go walking in England is a 'serene and soothing' spot with delicious food outlets along the way

The village where 'The Holiday' was filmed has been overrun by tourists

Anna Barry

By Anna Barry

Published: 28/01/2024

- 08:00

Those looking for a scenic wander in the UK need not look further than the Cotswolds

Many Britons like to jet abroad for their holidays but the UK offers some stunning staycation spots too.

For those who fancy a holiday at home as the weather starts to warm up, the Cotswolds may just be the perfect destination.

The Cotswolds is an idyllic region boasting some beautiful sights, and is a great staycation hotspot, particularly if you enjoy a picturesque stroll.

Responsible Travel comprised a list of the 12 best places to go walking in England, and the Cotswolds took the top spot. Covering 787 square miles, Britons can take their pick from so many areas of natural beauty.

Castle Combe, Wiltshire, Cotswolds

Head to the Cotswolds for a scenic walk


Responsible Travel said: "It is not surprising that great writers from Shelley to Waugh have been inspired by the Cotswolds.

"Like their literary worlds, walking here transports you to a serene and soothing place.

"Walk through ancient towns such as Stow-on-the-Wold or Bourton-on-the-Water, where even the names evoke a time gone by."

Wanderers can stop along the way for some tasty cuisine to fuel their walking.

12 of the best places to go walking in England

  1. Cotswolds
  2. Dorset
  3. Lake District
  4. Peak District
  5. Pilgrims Way
  6. Shakespeares Way
  7. South West Coast Path
  8. Suffolk Coast
  9. Sussex & the South Downs
  10. Thames Path
  11. White Cliffs of Dover & Kent coast
  12. Yorkshire
Lower Slaughter in the Cotswolds

Nature lovers can enjoy hours of walking in this picturesque UK haven


The travel experts added: "Well known for its slow food ethos, you won’t be short of fine inns and food as you wander through village and vale."

Centuries of farming in the region has resulted in some gorgeous foods. Try the local vegetables - especially asparagus - beef, lamb, cheese and ice cream.

Some major attractions in the Cotswolds include Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, Gloucester Cathedral and Cotswold Motoring Museum.

For those considering a picturesque walk in Scotland, Glenfinnan Viaduct Trail may be the best of the bunch.

Visitors can see the railway bridge from the Harry Potter films, Loch Shiel and the Glenfinnan Monument.

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