Wow...what a shock to sign in this morning and see so many replies!! Thanks to everybody for your time, effort and advice. It is greatly appreciated.
Carol - Great suggestion. While I probably wouldn't be interested in a guided or pre-planned walk, you are exactly right about their site being loaded with great information. Thank you!!
wray, ianandjulie, richard & mpaulynsettle - The Dales are definitely being considered, and we have been to a few places in the Eastern Dales like Clapham, Skipton and Settle. We've done the Settle-Carlisle route and agree that it was a beautiful trip. We would love to see more, for sure. The Moors look amazing, as does its steam railway. The Northumberland Coast looks awesome as well. Ian, I actually find the "off-the-beaten-path" quality of The Wolds to be appealing but the lack of transport in the interior is a bit of a deterrent. Thank you for all of your great ideas!!
JC & ramblin' on - you guys both make great cases. I have to admit, right now we are leaning towards a Surrey Hills, South Downs, Kent Downs & High Weald holiday. Is the New Forest worth it? I love Ringwood beer but don't know much else about the area. I have heard that the traffic can be bad in the Southeast. We have also discussed Cranborne Chase/Dorset Coast, Malvern and Monmouthshire. Any information that you can volunteer about these areas would be great and thank you for the information. It is most valuable!!
geovagriffiths & Europe Travelers - the tourist-heavy nature of The Cotswolds concerns me; otherwise, the place looks idyllic. Having the Wychwood Brewery handy would be a treat. I've actually been to the Hope Valley in the Peak District. I have to admit, while beautiful, the crush of tourists was a bit of an issue as were the unfriendly locals. I certainly appreciate the suggestions, though!!
Nigel - I am fascinated with idea of going to Northamptonshire. My girlfriend is considering visiting family in Melton-Mowbray and we may end up in that area. Your posting makes me want to explore staying in the area further. Thank you for the information!!
P.S. I realise the irony that, being a tourist myself, it is somewhat hypocritical for me to complain about "too many tourists." However, I am comfortable with my acknowledged hypocrisy, so there you go.