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Active England

Littlemore, United Kingdom
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About Active England
Unforgettable cycle, walking and multi-active adventure tours in the most historic, iconic sites in England. Return to nature and immerse yourself in the English countryside, Cotswolds and coast, hiking, biking, kayaking, wild swimming and more. Windsor - Castle, Oxford, Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill; Bath and its ancient Roman Spa; Shakespeare's Stratford, Stonehenge, incredible neolithic monument; and Highclere Castle, aka Downton Abbey. We run exciting active tours in Devon and Cornwall too! Walking the clifftops, sea kayaking, surfing and more. Relax in ivy-clad hotels, real ales,award-winning dining, and deep, relaxing baths. Or sit under the stars by the firepit and join a great group on a multisport glamping adventure. Accompanied by fun-loving, professional guides, our local experts will always go the extra mile to make your tour an experience you'll be telling your friends about for years to come. For singles, couples, families and groups.
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LH1957 wrote a review Jan 2020
Clinton, New York14 contributions2 helpful votes
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My 6-day cycling trip in Kent was wonderful. This was my 4th trip with Active England (2 in the Cotswolds, 1 in the Cotswolds/Devon/Cornwall - a custom made trip - and then my trip in Kent in 2019). Each trip was outstanding: beautiful views, wonderful visits to national trust sites, historic homes, and monuments, and lovely hotels. The trips are well-organized and give guests the opportunity to add on or subtract miles as desired (in several trips I rode extra miles solo with the guide, which was really terrific). The organization is meticulous, and the guides are friendly, helpful, and very knowledgable about the local area. Frances was a wonderful guide for the Devon/Cornwall trip! For my Kent trip, our guide Helen was so fantastic. She took great care of us, was flexible and fun about stopping for photos, and always was up for a bit of serendipitous silliness (dipping our toes in the ocean and hanging out in the most incredible area filled with stunning, unusual flowers). She also had a detailed knowledge of the area that made our trip even more enjoyable. Ian, who was guiding the walkers on our trip, was also terrific (he's been a guide on all 4 of my trips): kind, very smart about the areas we visit, organized, patient, and helpful. The trips always include incredible views, a smart itinerary, and wonderful places to stay and eat. Cyclists of all fitness levels will be happy - the van is always there if you want to bail out early (or skip a big hill) - and if you want a bit more challenge with longer routes, the guides are always happy to do that as well. I've been on trips with people from age 14 to 80 - families and folks like me traveling solo - and everyone was well taken care of. As they say, this is YOUR vacation, and they will adjust as you like. I HIGHLY recommend this tour company! Will Cairns, the owner, is always open to hearing from folks. He's easy to contact and very professional (and he's a fun guide on some of the trips as well). After 4 trips with them, I'm thinking about a 5th one this coming summer (I hope they don't get tired of me)!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Becca H wrote a review Oct 2019
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My sister and I booked the Classic 8 day self-guided walking tour in mid-September of 2019. We both declared it one of the best trips either of us had taken. The guides assisted us just enough to get around independently on our daily countryside walks but would then take us by van to visit the highlighted iconic points of interest such as Stonehenge, Blenheim Palace, and the Roman Baths to name a few. It was a perfect mix of active, outdoor, picturesque hiking coupled with the historic and educational tours . It is very apparent that Active England hires only the best in guides. We had Howard, Helen, and Jago with a mixed group of 11 people, some cycling, some walking, some guided and some self-guided. Our guides were exceptional in their local knowledge, athletic abilities, professionalism, and good-nature as they took care of and kept track of us all. They really felt like friends by the end of the trip. I will very likely book another trip with Active England and go to another destination on their list of tours.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Frances M, Manager at Active England
Responded Oct 14, 2019
Hi Becca, We're so pleased you both had a great trip with us. Thank you both for a great review! We are really proud of our team of guides and they said it really was a pleasure guiding you both around on your walking tour through the Cotswolds. Please do give us a bell next time you are in the area or fancy exploring some more of our wonderful English countryside and heritage sites! All the best, Frances
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Katie D wrote a review Oct 2019
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Frances and Active England Tours are fantastic! We booked a 3 day walking tour through the Cotswolds and it far exceeded what we expected; beautiful walks, lovely destinations, excellent accommodations, fantastic food and fabulous company. The Active England Team made booking a breeze and even accommodated special requests for our tour to make it extra memorable! We will be back, hopefully with a van dog !!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from Frances M, Manager at Active England
Responded Oct 14, 2019
Hi Katie, Thanks for a fantastic review! It was a true joy to guide you and Emily around the Cotswolds and it was great to extend our walks so that we could walk longer distances with our small group. I'm sure I'll have a puppy by the next time you are both back in England, I hope you returned to yours safe and well. Do give us a bell next time you are in the UK for some more walks and talks! All the best, Frances
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Emily B wrote a review Oct 2019
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I cannot recommend this tour company highly enough for anyone looking to explore England’s beautiful countryside. Our tour guide was fantastic! Each destination was lovely with the perfect amount of time to explore before moving on. We were guided to lovely restaurants for meals and the hotel accommodations were in a quaint town in the Cotswolds with incredible atmosphere. We will definitely book another tour with Francis the next time we visit the UK.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from Frances M, Manager at Active England
Responded Oct 14, 2019
Hi Emily, Thanks for a fab review. I had a wonderful time showing you both around the Cotswolds and to Stonehenge. We were a small and mighty group wandering through the countryside, along rivers, into palaces and up to neolithic monuments. It was a true pleasure and we would love to show you both more of our wonderful countryside. All the best, Frances
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Linda B wrote a review Oct 2019
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I traveled with the ACTIVE ENGLAND group fall 2019 on both the Classic Cotswold and the Cornwall/Devon trips. I chose guided hiking but joined self guided guests and cyclists. The views were spectacular; the touring paths hidden gems; and the guides were outstanding. They were knowledgeable, intelligent, patient and told facinating facts about the region. Lodging and food top rated. And, I came back home healthier than when I left. I give my top recommendation to Will, Frances and the group. They have designed a unique small group experience. FIVE STARS! Linda B Winchester VA
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Frances M, Manager at Active England
Responded Oct 14, 2019
Hi Linda, What a stunning review! Thank you so much. It was a joy to guide you around the South, through Devon, Cornwall and the Cotswolds. We love showing our small groups through the countryside and to both our World Heritage Sites as well as into our tiny villages and market towns. It would be a pleasure to show you around more of our island - perhaps to Kent or Dorset! Wishing you safe travels, Frances and the Active England Team
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