Ancient Britain to the Channel Islands

Stonehenge, the Jurassic Coast, and Stunning Island Trails

Trip Level

This trip is rated a Level 2+ (Easy to Moderate) according to our trip grading system. You will need to be comfortable hiking 9.5 miles a day and being on your feet for 5 hours a day. Trail conditions, weather, and the group’s level of fitness can affect hiking times and pacing.

Average Hiking Day
• 6 miles
• 3-4 hours

Challenge Days
• Day 2: 8 miles, 4.5 hours, 1,500 feet gain/loss; includes 2 hours driving

Terrain

Our hikes are on well-maintained paths and trails with a minimal amount of elevation gain and loss. There are occasional steep sections on the coastal walks, and if there has been rain, it can be muddy and slippery.

Weather

The Channel Islands enjoy a temperate climate and benefit from their wind-sheltered maritime position in the English Channel. Springtime can offer great sunny days, with mild daytime temperatures in the 60s°F and occasionally the 70s°F. Dorset County and the Jurassic Coast also enjoy mild and pleasant spring weather, with daytime temperatures in the 60s°F. This region is famous for its changeable weather, though, so it is necessary to pack in preparation for cold rain, persistent fog, mist, and beautiful, sunny weather.

Accommodations

Our accommodations are in small, comfortable hotels that have been selected for their local history and charm. Since they are often in historic buildings, the rooms are not always of uniform or international size. Our leaders do their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Many do not have elevators or porters, so you will have to carry your luggage up the stairs to your room. Single rooms can be requested but are not always available, due to the limited space in the hotels. If you prefer a single room, please make your request as early as possible.

Cuisine

Lunches will be either at local cafes and pubs or a packed lunch during one of our hikes. Dinners will be at a local restaurant, at the hotel, or on your own. Our leaders are happy to recommend a nearby restaurant for meals that are on your own. There are plenty of opportunities for classic English dishes and there is a wide availability of fresh seafood. Please also note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.

Transportation

While in southern England (days 1-2), our luggage is transported for us by van, so it is always possible to ride in the van if you want to opt-out of a day’s hiking. In the Channel Islands (days 3-9), we take local transportation. The Channel Islands are very small, so you are free to skip a hike and enjoy the town. We also take a 3-hour ferry to the Channel Islands, which is frequently subject to schedule changes. The ferry ride is an excellent opportunity to birdwatch for gannets, puffins, and guillemots.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.