5 Of England’s Most Picturesque Countryside Coach Tours
England is blessed with wonderful countryside and attractive towns and villages. A coach tour is the perfect way to enjoy these special places to the fullest, when your itinerary is planned out and all you have to do is sit back and relax. Here are some of the most picturesque locations you can visit.
The Lake District
The Lake District is England’s largest National Park, and is world famous for its wild yet accessible mountains, fells, and lakes. It is home to England’s highest mountain, Scafell, and its deepest lake, Wastwater. Towns such as Keswick and Ambleside offer plenty of good restaurants and accommodation.
The Yorkshire Dales
The Yorkshire dales are the epitome of the classic English countryside, with rolling hills and pretty villages. It consists of over 20 dales, all with their unique charm and character, and it has been a National Park since 1954. Local towns such as Skipton and Grassington offer plenty of places to eat, and there is a thriving local arts and crafts scene.
The Peak District
The Peak District is in the heart of England yet it can feel wonderfully wild and remote. It is packed with fascinating heritage sites and boasts one of the country’s most impressive stately homes, Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. There are also charming tourist towns to explore, such as Buxton and Bakewell, which is famous for Bakewell Pudding.
The area was England’s first designated National Park due to its accessible miles of moorlands, hills, rivers and dales. From the charming prettiness of Dovedale in the south, to the rugged beauty of the more northern regions, it’s a fascinating place to visit.
The Cotswolds are famous for their gentle countryside and picture postcard villages. It has a timeless feel, with honey coloured stone buildings and unspoilt heritage. There are stately homes and castles to visit along the way, and thriving towns where you can browse for antiques or some local artwork.
The UNESCO world heritage city of Bath is a must-see, with its famous Roman spa buildings and many other cultural and historic monuments and venues to visit.
Somerset and Wiltshire
The south west of England has some of the most beautiful landscapes as well as a fascinating historical and cultural heritage. Take in the ancient wonder of Stonehenge and the Avebury stone circles that have fascinated and mystified mankind for thousands of years.
Besides this, there are magnificent cathedrals to explore in Wells, Gloucester, and Salisbury, and many well preserved stately homes. Visit the majestic ruins of Glastonbury Abbey and take a walk up Glastonbury Tor for panoramic views over the Somerset levels and beyond.
For anyone with a keen interest in architecture, history, local culture and wildlife, there is something to treasure at every point in the journey.
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