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Walk The Trails of the Ancient Celts

New Ramblers’ walking tours feature castles and chapels, a hidden garden, a secluded 900-year-old priory -- and remnants of several almost-forgotten cultures. Inclusive land prices from $3,075 per pe

Published on 08 May 2013

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by Martha Morano


Montclair, Va.

Walking in Wales
Walking in Wales

You get more than windswept scenery and ocean breezes when you join England Lakeland Ramblers on a weeklong-guided tour of Wales or Cornwall.  Our guides make sure your vacation also brings you face-to-face with “Celtic” heritage -- and opens up new horizons, adding enlightenment to the exercise.

Those winding, weathered pathways in Cornwall and Wales, trampled by centuries of knights errant and pious pilgrims, lead you to some surprising experiences – like the ruins of a 12th-century Augustinian priory so remote you’d never stumble upon it on your own, like a stroll atop a dike-like bulwark erected by the Mercians to hold English marauders at bay.  And one of our overnight stops even has a ruined Norman fortress in the hotel garden. 

Wales’s thrilling landscapes of rugged mountains and wooded vales come alive on this “Welsh Frontiers” itinerary with five scenic hikes that cast a spotlight on bustling market towns, Offa’s Dike (when did you last discuss King Offa of Mercia?), the rugged, remote scenery of Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains, walks along the cliffs and sandy coves of Pembrokeshire.  Along the way you’ll stop off for shopping in charming towns like Abergavenny and Crickhowell, traverse valleys and forest immortalized in poems by Wordsworth, admire the panoramic beauty of St. Bride's Bay, where the birdlife is said to be among the most spectacular in the world.  But Ramblers also sets aside ample time for relaxing in comfy country inns and dining with newfound walking buddies in acclaimed restaurants with Welsh names like Alt yr Afon, “the wooded hill by the river.”

(7 nights, $3,075 per person inclusive. Total walking miles: 34) 


                                          “Cornwall: Coastal England” 

The southwestern peninsula of England is a place just meant for walking with its scalloped coastline, windswept cliff-top paths and some of the most picturesque fishing villages in Europe.  This is the Cornwall of King Arthur’s knights, of Daphne du Maurier’s smugglers in Jamaica Inn and of medieval pilgrims bound for mystical St. Michael’s Mount.  “Cornwall: Coastal England” is a six-night overview that takes you via the Southwest Coastal Path, to some of the most photogenic corners of England, from the village of Fowey to the artists’ colony of St. Ives, from the Lost Gardens of Heligan to Land’s End and The Lizard, two headlands where the Atlantic trades waves with the English Channel and the Irish Sea.  The tour incorporates manageable hikes for all levels of experience, with a boat trip and tidal walk for good measure. 

(7 nights, $3,075 inclusive.  Total walking miles: 11½ with some climbing)

 12 Itineraries, 20 Departures, 6 to 16 Nights

In addition to the Wales and Cornwall tours, Ramblers has lined up inviting itineraries offering a choice of 6 to 16 nights through the Lake District, Scotland’s Highlands and Islands and the bucolic Cotswolds – but only 20 departures remain between now and the end of September and each tour has a limited number of spaces available, so book soon to get the dates you want!

Prices begin at just $2,850 per person, double occupancy, for 6 nights – including lodgings in cozy country inns (all with private bathrooms), all meals (pub lunches or packed lunches on hikes), transfers from airports or railroad stations, transfers of luggage where appropriate, local taxes, services of guides and assistants throughout. 

In other words, just about everything for less than $500 a night per person

        Check out full details and prices at www.ramblers.com.
        For reservations, call 1-800/725-8801.

 Media Contacts:
Martha Morano (Martha@moranopr.com )
Ian Keown (iankeown@gmail.com)

“We know Britain like the soles of our feet.”  English Lakeland Ramblers has specialized in walking tours of England, Scotland and Wales for more than quarter of a century.  We offer you the option of guided learning/walking tours inn-to-inn with company vans to transport luggage; inn-based tours; custom-designed tours for couples, families or groups of friends, with or without guides.  Our guides are licensed specialists in each region, well-versed in the history and lore of their specific territory.  See www.ramblers.com for more details and photographs.

Morano Public Relations  is a marketing and public relations company servicing the industry for more the 25 years.


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Posted 2013-05-08 16:07:00