This tailor-made package includes executive coach travel throughout the holiday and accommodation on a half board basis at a minimum 3* hotel in North Wales to suit your group’s requirements. The content of your preferred itinerary will be discussed with you at the time of enquiry.
Example of a Walking Holiday in North Wales
6 days / 5 nights’ duration with return executive coach travel from your selected departure points
5 nights half board accommodation at a minimum 3* hotel to suit your chosen itinerary
Daily walks and excursions to suit your group type
Group Organiser’s Personal Liability Insurance Cover is automatically included without any extra charge
Day 1 - We begin our journey making a comfort stop en route before arriving at the National Memorial Arboretum located in the heart of the country, within the National Forest near Lichfield and which comprises of 150 acres of trees and memorials devoted to the concept of Remembrance. It is the home of the Armed Forces Memorial, a striking and emotive structure that gives recognition and thanks for those who have died whilst on duty or as a result of terrorist action since WWII and acknowledges the enduring sacrifice of those who mourn their loss. A light lunch can be pre-arranged after which you will gather at the Millennium Chapel of Peace and Forgiveness, where you will be given a welcome talk in the Chapel, a perfect introduction to the National Memorial Arboretum. The 60 minute Land Train Tour incorporates the outer lying points of the Arboretum and takes in many additional memorials with a complete and informative commentary. Departing here mid-afternoon, we continue on to your hotel which will be your base for this tour.
Day 2 - Today begins with a coach transfer to Lion Quays Gobowen which will be the starting point for today’s 7 mile walk along the canal to Pontcysyllte Aqueduct via the Chirk Tunnel and across Chirk Aqueduct. Following this walk, you will board the ‘Thomas Telford’ for a 2 hour cruise (2.30pm – 4.30pm) where a freshly prepared Welsh Cream Tea is served on board just prior to departure. Tea and coffee will be available to purchase in addition to there being a fully stocked bar. The cruise ends at 4.30pm at Llangollen, where you will re-join the coach and return to the hotel where dinner is included this evening.
For the Non-Walkers
Day 2 - Having dropped the walkers at their starting point, we travel through the heart of Snowdonia to Portmeirion where you might be forgiven for thinking you were in southern Italy and not North Wales! This fascinating fantasy village built by Sir Clugh Williams-Ellis between 1925 & 1972 is set in sub-tropical gardens and woodlands and its beauty almost defies description. You will have a couple of hours at your leisure here before the short transfer to Porthmadog, where you will board the Ffestiniog Railway for a 1 hour train journey. This working narrow gauge line is home to one of Wales' most popular 'Great Little Trains', which once hauled slate to Porthmadog's quayside for shipping worldwide but which today is a passenger line. This 13.5 mile trip takes in wonderful Snowdonia scenery. Re-joining the coach at Blaenau Ffestiniog, we continue onto Llangollen to collect the walkers at around 4.30pm, returning everyone then to the hotel where dinner is included.
Day 3 - Today we travel by coach to the famous Horseshoe Falls from where we will walk to the start of the Llangollen Canal on the outskirts of Llangollen. There will then be free time to purchase lunch in the town before a ‘return’ journey on the Llangollen Steam Railway. This heritage railway is located beside the historic Dee Bridge (built in 1345) and journeys 10 miles through the picturesque Dee Valley to the town of Corwen. The line follows the River Dee, classed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), for its entire length. This small section of line, which in its day crossed Wales from Ruabon to Barmouth, offers a sample of the sights and sounds of yesteryear passing through some of the finest natural beauty North Wales has to offer. On our return to Llangollen you can choose one of the following options;
a) The Walkers will resume with a 5 mile walk along the canal to Froncysyllte, crossing the World Heritage Pontcysyllte Aqueduct - the largest aqueduct in Britain which is fed by water from the Horseshoe Falls. The aqueduct holds 1.5 million litres of water and takes two hours to drain. The structure is approx. 350m long, and the water runs through an iron trough which is 4m wide x 1.6 deep.
b) Re-joining the coach for those who are not walking, there will be a transfer to nearby Chirk Castle (NT). Completed in 1310, Chirk is the last Welsh castle from the reign of Edward I still lived in today. Features from its 700 years include the medieval tower and dungeon, 17th-century Long Gallery, grand 18th-century state apartments, servants’ hall and historic laundry. The newly refurbished east wing depicts the life of Lord Howard de Walden during the 1930s. The award-winning gardens contain clipped yews, herbaceous borders, shrub and rock gardens.
Day 4 - This morning is dedicated to the City of Chester. Walking from Waverton along the Shropshire Union Canal via a set of broad locks (approx. 4 miles), we follow the canal around the city walls to the city centre. For those not walking, you will be taken into the city centre for free time. Everyone will then meet up after lunch before re-joining the coach for this afternoon’s excursion to the National Waterways Museum. Designed by the great civil engineer Thomas Telford, the docks at Ellesmere Port were still in use as late as the 1950’s. They were a marvellously self-contained world and you can still walk around its locks, docks and warehouses and visit its forge, stables and workers cottages. Explore the handsome Victorian buildings, which house fascinating displays as well as the locks and moorings, home to colourful historic and visiting narrow boats. Returning to the hotel your evening meal is included.
Day 5 - Departing the hotel after breakfast we travel to The Wharf at Audlem, the start of today’s 7 mile walk along the canal to Market Drayton. The walk takes in the flight of 12 locks at Audlem and a further 5 locks at Alderley en route.
Alternatively you can choose to remain on the coach and travel to the nearby Dorothy Clive Garden. The garden’s initial creation lay in Colonel Harry Clive’s wartime decision of 1940, to provide his ailing wife - Dorothy - with a ‘series of interesting walks’ as she battled with Parkinson’s disease. Unfortunately Dorothy died in 1942 but Colonel Clive continued work throughout the 1940’s and 1950’s, especially in The Quarry Garden which covers approximately 2 acres.
Following this visit we continue onto Market Drayton where there will be free time and both groups will re-join. This town has been the home of gingerbread for the last 200 years. The half-timbered and red brick buildings in the town centre are dominated by the beautiful 14th century church which is built from local sandstone. Here you will find the tomb of Thomas and Elizabeth Bulkeley distant relatives of 3 presidents of the United States; Calvin Coolidge, George Bush and George W Bush. The church sits on top of a steep slope known locally as Phoenix Bank and its wooden doors date back to the 12th century. At the centre of the town lies the Buttercross, a lovely stone portico built in 1824 to act as cover for the local market stalls. The old town fire bell still hangs from the Buttercross in memorial to the fire that started in a local bakers shop in 1651 and almost destroyed the town. The town's most famous son, Clive of India, gave the French a culinary lesson. His "little pies" won the Guinness Best Pub Food Award. In later life he went on to defeat the French and thus secured the spice routes for the British Empire. It is believed that he is responsible for bringing ginger spice to the town. Departing here later this afternoon, we return to the hotel where dinner is included this evening.
Day 6 - Checking out of the hotel after breakfast, we retrace our steps homeward calling at the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon, a market town with more than 800 years of history which contains many buildings that would have been familiar to Shakespeare. You will have a little free time here and can purchase lunch before our onward journey home.
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