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Highlights of Britain Back Roads: London to Edinburgh

10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,075

Travel through the idyllic English and Scottish countryside visiting the iconic and historic cities of Oxford, Chester and York as well as enjoying the spectacular scenery of the Cotswold’s, Snowdonia National Park, the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District and the Scottish Lowlands.

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Depart from London and travel to Oxford, famous for its university and known as the “City of Dreaming Spires”. Enjoy a guided walking tour taking in some of the colleges here. Afterwards, continue to a traditional 18th Century woolen mill in the Cotswold’s after which drive through beautiful rolling countryside and quaint villages to your overnight stop in this region. Dinner tonight will be at the famous Pudding Club.

The next morning, leave for the city of Worcester with its 12th Century cathedral where you will find the tomb of King John. Arrive later at the idyllic village of Much Wenlock with its thatched roofed cottages and then at Ironbridge where the first bridge made of cast iron was manufactured. Continue to Chester for a 2 night stay.

The following day brings you to the rugged Snowdonia National Park with its outstanding natural 

beauty in the form of mountains, streams, cascading waterfalls and verdant valleys. Also visit Caernarfon Castle, an imposing 13th Century fortress situated on the waterfront.

Spend the next morning discovering the charms of Chester, one of the best preserved walled cities in Britain with its medieval centre and other parts dating back to the Roman era. Leave Chester later and cross over the wild backbone of England, the Pennine Hills to Haworth, a quaint town and home of the Brontes who were inspired to write novels such as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights here. Continue to York for 2 nights’ accommodation.

Your day in York gives you time to explore all the highlights of this old city including the city walls, the outstanding York Minster, the Castle Museum, the Jorvik Viking Centre with its reconstructions from the Viking era and the Shambles, the narrow thoroughfare of timbered houses and shops.

Depart from York and call in at Castle Howard, a large stately home and scene of many TV and movie programmes. After this, enjoy a scenic ride through the Yorkshire Dales to the Lake District in North West England and a 2 night stay on Lake Windermere.

A tour of the Lake District includes Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm, some of the many picturesque villages to be found here and Dove Cottage, former home of the famed poet, William Wordsworth. Later, enjoy a short cruise on Lake Windermere.

Depart from the Lake District and travel through Cumbria to Hadrian’s Wall. Visit Birdoswald Roman fortress before crossing the border into Scotland where you will spend overnight in the Scottish Lowlands.

Your final day brings visits to Hermitage Castle, a sinister atmospheric eerie ruin, Abbotsford House, former home of Sir Walter Scott with its historic relics and Rosslyn Chapel before arriving in Edinburgh to complete your tour.

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10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,075

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Day 1

London - Oxford - Cotswolds

You'll leave the capital behind for the 'dreaming spires' of Oxford, where a guided walking tour awaits. Then, it's off to the Cotswolds, where you'll spend some time wandering around charming villages full of honey-coloured cottages. Tonight's dinner is at the world famous Pudding Club.

Overnight in Cotswolds.

Meal Plan Dinner
Day 2

Cotswolds - Stratford-Upon-Avon -Cotswolds

There's plenty of time to enjoy this morning at your leisure before the group leaves to visit Stratford-upon-Avon. This medieval market town is famous as the 16th-century birthplace of William Shakespeare.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Cotswolds - Ironbridge -Denbighshire

This morning you'll follow the crusades of saints and kings as you tour Worcester Cathedral. The road then turns towards the rugged, ancient landscapes of Wales. This evening, the group will dine together in Denbighshire.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4

Denbighshire - Snowdonia National Park - Denbighshire

It's time to soak up the splendour of Snowdonia National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Tonight, you'll meet back at the hotel for a delicious dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 5

Denbighshire - Chester - Haworth - York

Today's walking tour of Chester will take you along streets lined with striking black-and-white Tudor buildings. After paying homage to some of Britain's literary greats at the Brontë Parsonage Museum at Haworth, you'll continue on to York.

Overnight in York.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 6


This morning your Tour Leader will introduce the Old Town of York, before leaving you free to explore for the rest of the day.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 7

York - Castle Howard - Lake District

Today you'll experience the glory days of the English country estate at Castle Howard. The path then takes you through Yorkshire Dales National Park where you'll pass rivers, tiny villages and centuries-old stone walls. The spectacular conclusion to the day's journey is the Lake District.

Overnight in Lake District.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8

Lake District

Your first stop on the shores of Lake Windermere is Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm -- the place where she wrote many of her beloved children's stories. You'll also visit Hawkshead Grammar School before dropping by Dove Cottage, which was once home to William Wordsworth. This afternoon, you'll take to the water on a lake cruise before returning to our accommodation for a relaxing evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 9

Lake District - Scottish Borders

Today you'll visit Birdoswald Roman Fort before arriving at the Scottish Borders. A traditional Scottish dinner of haggis and a piper demonstration will provide you with a grand ending to your final night.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 10

Scottish Borders - Abbotsford House - Rosslyn Chapel - Edinburgh

You'll visit Abbotsford House and Rosslyn Chapel before reaching Edinburgh, where your tour ends.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information


2018: Jun 26; Jul 1, 8, 10, 15, 22, 29, 31; Aug 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 28;
Sep 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 30; Oct 7, 14, 18
2019: Apr 7, 20, 25, 28; May 2, 5, 8, 10, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30; Jun 2, 4, 6,
11, 13, 20, 23, 25, 29; Jul 7, 9, 17, 21, 28, 30; Aug 4, 6, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 27;
Sep 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 26; Oct 1, 6, 13, 17


The Back-Roads Difference

  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Driver/tour leader
  • Mini-coach transportation
  • Full English breakfast daily, 5 evening meals
  • Entrances fees as per the itinerary
  • Welsh cooking experience including lunch


  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Optional excursions
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Item of a personal nature
  • Gratuities


Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours, hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

17 Oct 2019
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