Wild garlic near Miserden, Cotswolds, England,  United Kingdom


A network of ancient bridleways and footpaths criss-cross the country, trodden smooth by the soles of our forebears and lending access to England’s every corner.

Our backyard often seems unremarkable for its proximity, but the grass is rarely greener than in pleasant England. Here, Tudor mansions and Roman ruins are found within reach of pagan standing stones and manicured Victorian gardens.

And this wealth of history is set against a verdant landscape ranging from misty fens and white-chalk cliffs to shady oak forests and wildflower meadows. A network of ancient bridleways and footpaths criss-cross the country, trodden smooth by the soles of our forebears and lending access to England’s every corner.

Waterfall, Tintagel, Cornwall, England
Tintagel, Cornwall, England
Buckland Abbey, Devon, England,  United Kingdom
Buckland Abbey, Devon, UK
The Daymark, Devon, England, United Kingdom
The Daymark, Devon, England

Why choose England

Few nations are so hard to sum up with any hope of brevity. With a turbulent history spanning several thousand years, a natural landscape dramatic in its variety and a culture that has had a profound global impact, England is a little country with a lot to say.

But this means that opportunities for exploration and discovery abound. Stately homes, classical artwork and windswept moors steal the limelight, but spare some time for the more eccentric treasures. Listen to tales of smugglers, forage for dinner in the woodlands and go wild swimming in crystal clear waters.

Sunset over the Valley of the Rocks, Devon, UK
Devon, England
Bee on a thistle, Cotswolds, England, United Kingdom
Cotswolds, England
Views from Malvern Hills, England, UK
Malvern Hills, England, United Kingdom

Why explore England with Steppes

A great holiday in England has all the hallmarks of a great holiday anywhere in the world. It should excite, educate and surprise. It should send you home evangelical in the belief that your own backyard is worth exploring. And this is what every Steppes holiday in England aims to do.

It’s too easy to simply say that this is our home and we know it like the back of our hand. That may be true, but we believe it is our years of planning holidays across the world that endow us with the skills to craft a holiday in England that will have the same impact as that once-in-a-lifetime African safari.


Tell us what you love doing and we’ll curate a journey that’s perfect for you.

Beaver, UK

Beaver reintroduction

Visit a beaver reintroduction project in Devon.

Yellow butterfly, Cotswolds, England UK

Butterfly conservation

Help with butterfly conservation and census work in the Cotswolds.

Pine marten, UK

Pine martens in the Forest of Dean

Learn about the reintroduction of pine martens to the Forest of Dean.

Peregrine falcon, UK

Visit Knepp Estate in West Sussex

Since 2001, the land at Knepp – once intensively farmed – has been devoted to a pioneering rewilding programme. Extremely rare species like turtle doves, nightingales, peregrine falcons and purple emperor butterflies are now breeding here; and populations of more common species are rocketing.

Chaple Beach, Cornwall, England, UK

Beaches of Cornwall

Explore beautiful sandy coves and endless beaches.

St Ives, Cornwall, England, UK

Visit St Ives

Visit St Ives with its Tate and arty vibe, home to some of the greatest artists and sculptors from all around the globe.

Tintagel Coast, Cornwall, England

Discover Celtic history

Discover the seat of Cornwall’s Celtic kings at Tintagel Castle.

Trelissick House, Cornwall, England, UK

National Trust properties

Step back in time at Lanhydrock and Trelissick Houses.

St Michaels Mount, Cornwall, England, UK

Head to St Michael’s Mount

Cross the causeway to St Michael’s Mount, a rocky island crowned by its medieval church and castle.

Eden Project,Cornwall, United Kingdom

Explore Eden

Visit the world’s largest greenhouse and miniature ecosystems at the Eden Project, connecting us to the natural world around us.

Hay Tor at sunset, Dartmoor, Devon, England
Dartmoor, Devon, United Kingdom

Coast and Moors – Devon Adventure

This is a guided holiday for active families or adventurous couples, who love the feel of the sea air on their face and want to experience the great outdoors on Devon’s iconic open moorland. You will be fully guided throughout and can expect your local host to give insight and provide great company along the way. Leave your car at home as your guide will be your driver for the week and will be on hand to organise all of your activities, for which equipment is all provided.

7 days

from £2,640 pp

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GLamping site, Wild Carrot, Chavenage, Cotswolds, UK
Cotswolds, England

Glamping Long Weekend in the Cotswolds

Spend a relaxed long weekend tucked away on a private estate in the heart of the Cotswolds. Begin with an outdoor wood-fired hot tub and end with a fire-pit dinner under the stars, as you explore this beautiful setting from your stylish and secluded bell tent on a mixture of guided and self-guided adventures.

4 days

from £855 pp

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Dormy House £££££

  • Cotswolds
  • Boutique

From the 17th century, Dormy House was a working farm whose owners cultivated the surrounding land. In the 1940s, it caught the eye of the neighbouring Broadway Golf Club who bought it and changed the name to Dormy House after their favourite golfing term, (a ‘dormy’ is an unbeatable round). In 1977, it passed to the same family that has owned it ever since. With a passion for style, service and hospitality, they have turned it into one of the area’s best-loved hotels.

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Calcot Manor £££££

  • Cotswolds
  • Boutique

This honey-coloured country house dates back to the 14th century and languishes in 220 acres of Cotswold meadowland. It boasts 35 beautiful uniquely-designed rooms and suites, some in individual cottages. The hotel has outdoor and indoor pools, a secluded lavender-lined courtyard, hot tub and log fire and gymnasium, while the spa offers multiple treatment rooms stocked with the best therapists and the best products. The Conservatory restaurant serves simple local food and The Gumstool Inn next door has roaring log fires and a great British pub food menu.

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Foxhill Manor £££££

  • Cotswolds
  • Boutique

Part of the Farncombe Estate near Broadway, Foxhill Manor is a stunning Grade-II listed Arts and Crafts country manor which has been revamped internally to create a cool, private house hotel with eight unique bedrooms and suites. The atmosphere is easy-going; you meet the chef on arrival to discuss your favourite dishes and then tour the wine cellar to choose accompanying wines. Wellington boots are available to borrow and there is a “pantry” for raiding should you feel peckish.

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Sandy Cove Hotel £££££

Sitting proudly on a North Devon cliff top, and nestled in the middle of Exmoor National Park,  Sandy Cove Hotel could not be better situated for those looking for dramatic views and beautiful, inviting surrounding natural spaces.

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The Close Hotel £££££

  • Cotswolds
  • Boutique

A stone’s throw from Tetbury’s iconic Market House, the Close Hotel dates back to the 16th century, when it was constructed as a private residence. Its fantastic central location means it is within walking distance of the town’s best restaurants, as well as the famous Royal Highgrove Shop.

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Wolf Wood Treehouses £££££

  • Devon
  • Boutique

A hidden gem tucked quietly away in a 13-acre woodland just outside Bratton Clovelly. Stays here reach different heights when it comes to mixing the outdoors with luxury.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Bird

It wasn’t part of the script, career plans were quite different but after four global trips visiting such exciting destinations, travel became a passion that eventually led to me entering the industry. The more I have travelled the greater the desire has been to see and do more.

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Sue Grimwood

I was inspired to travel south from an early age. My form teacher when I was nine made us listen to tapes from Shackleton’s expeditions, I didn’t know it at the time, but it obviously left a deep impression on my psyche.

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Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list.

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John Faithfull

My love affair with travel began in a vintage Italian train carriage at sunset on a hot and sticky September evening in 1983. Sardined into a two-bench compartment, I’d spent five hours sharing sweaty thighs, broken-Italian pleasantries and furtive glances while rattling towards Turin, stopping at every wisteria-draped village along the way.

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Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management.

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