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Walking Tours of England,Wales,Scotland

Would you suggest using a guided tour,or unguided and on your own for a first timer? Is the expense any different if you have line up your own accomodations? Are you allowed to camp on any sites? I,m trying to find the least expensive way to do this and still enjoy everything.

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Hi, go it alone.try the sherpavan site,its a messageboard covering most of the long distance routes. Basic campsites are about £2 a night, a average one maybe £4.. The coast to coast ,would be a good choice.Or maybe the Dales Way.
Richard,in england

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I went on a walking tour and had a blast. I found a small company based in Strathpeffer. We were picked up every morning at 9 AM and walking by 10 AM. We were out the rest of the day with a picnic lunch and home for a shower, nice ale and dinner. Locations for the walks depended on the weather. Our guide also could vary it depending on capablity. Our group was only 7 people. I was the only American. I've been back 4 times. I loved it. I saw parts of Scotland I never would have seen on my own. I'm thinking of going again this fall. The price for mine was not bad.

Pam

Pam

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You might try HF Holidays. They doing walking trips all over GB, both self guide and guided. They are on the web. While I have never used them, my wife's former boss used them alot.

Tom

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Try to find a self-guided Jack the Ripper tour book. It's small, red, and costs about 2 pounds. It's a great excursion around the White Chapel district and extremely interesting. It takes about 4 hours once you get to the starting point. We bought our guide at the Sherlock Holmes Museum on Baker Street. I'm sure other touristy shops carry it as well.

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For a self-guided hike, I second the reply suggesting SherpaVan as a hiking company. The folks at SherpaVan worked with me to set up a group hike with inexpensive accommodations for six for the Coast-to-Coast hike, and we were all quite happy. Another hiking suggestion, my personal favorite so far, is the Offa's Dyke Path (176 miles) along the border between Wales and England. Contact www.offasdyke.demon.co.uk for their little book listing accommodations including camp sites, plus for various guides to this glorious hike. For excellent and very inexpensive group hikes, contact www.ramblers.org.uk . Ramblers is a nonprofit British group with lots of resources.