With the total number of beaches in Cornwall coming in at around 300, the variation is endless. From white sands and turquoise…
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.
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.
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.
Learn about the reintroduction of pine martens to the Forest of Dean.
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.
Visit St Ives with its Tate and arty vibe, home to some of the greatest artists and sculptors from all around the globe.
Cross the causeway to St Michael’s Mount, a rocky island crowned by its medieval church and castle.
Explore the Cotswolds on two wheels. Join world-record breaker and Cotswold native Rob Gardiner on a meandering journey through this idyllic part of England. Along the way, uncover the best that this region has to offer. Visit country houses, sample local gastronomy, meet talented artisans and admire beautifully kept gardens.
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.
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.
Every captivating tailor-made itinerary needs a perfect base. Our team has handpicked this collection of properties to give you luxury options in styles to suit any adventure.
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.
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.
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.
The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.
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.
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.
I was thoroughly and consistently impressed with the Steppes home office--amazing attention to detail, follow-up, patience with my endless demands and tweaking of the schedule. The team were superb with everything they did for me. I am so very pleased with their efforts and results; they have won me over to Steppes for life!
It is always a pleasure to 'plan' adventures with Steppes and to travel in the knowledge that everything has been carefully thought through by experts who know exactly what they are talking about and go out of their way to tailor-make each trip. Having all the 'bits in-between' planned for in advance means that we can travel worry-free. I'd give you 10/10!
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