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Walking, Cotswolds, England, UK

UK Day Tours

Specially curated day tour experiences for you and your friends in the company of expert guides.

We’ve searched our black books for guides, photographers, historians and naturalists that can take you on a specially curated day tour in the UK. We are happy to set these experiences up for you, to join as part of a larger group or to help you arrange for your own group of friends and family. 

Have an experience or tour expert in mind? Let us know and we’ll help create a day tour around your interests, guided by their specialist knowledge.

Sunset over the Valley of the Rocks, Devon, UK
Devon, England
Footpath at the edge of a cliff overlooking blue ocean. South West Coast Path in Dorset
South West Coast Path, Dorset, England

Photography with George Chan

The Jurassic Coast, one of England’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, span the stunning coastlines of Dorset and Devon. Fantastic photographic opportunities are aplenty here, any time of the year. As part of this day tour, wildlife filmmaker and photographer, George Chan will accompany the group.

Capture the stunning half moon bay at Kimmeridge as the low tide reveals its fascinating rocky underworld. Walk along the magnificent white chalk cliff at Old Harry. Shoot Durdle Door’s infamous rock arch amid its shimmering pebble beaches at sunset.

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Ponies at sunset, Dartmoor, Devon, England
Dartmoor, Devon, United Kingdom
Walking on Dartmoor, Devon, England
Dartmoor, Devon, United Kingdom
Dartmoor Tor,  Dartmoor, England, UK
England

Tors, rivers, wildlife & food

Richard Drysdale escaped London 20 years ago to pursue his dream of living and working on Dartmoor. Since then, he has worked for Dartmoor National Park Authority and Devon Wildlife Trust and when not scouting new cycling trails, you’ll find him halfway up a tor or wild swimming somewhere on the moor. A day with Richard on Dartmoor will give you an insight into the history of the region as well as current conservation and rewilding initiatives. He knows the best places for a quiet picnic, the best scenic spots for a photograph, the best stretches of river to choose for a private wild swim, and the best pub to visit for a pint of his favourite Dartmoor Legend.

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Isfahan Shah Mosque, Iran
Isfahan Shah Mosque, Iran
Curved road zig-zags in Sikkim on the old Silk Route between China and India
Old Silk Route, Sikkim, India
Persepolis, Shiraz, Iran
Shiraz, Iran

Study tours with Diana Driscoll

Diana Driscoll is a leading Islamic world guide and lecturer with an emphasis on Central Asia. Educated at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Diana has over 30 years of experience studying and exploring Ancient Near and Middle East history, languages, religion and culture.

Join her on a historical day tour on either Empire of the Persians or The Silk Road visiting various museums in London and lectures in person.

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Chavenage House, Cotswolds, England
Cotswolds, England
Chavenage House, Cotswolds, England
Chavenage House, Cotswolds, UK
Chavenage Estate, Cotswolds, England
Cotswolds, England

Private Tour of Chavenage

The Cotswolds is dotted with countless country houses, but few have as many accompanying stories as Chavenage House. Famed for its appearance in Poldark, this 16th-century manor house retains many of its original features.

Take a private tour of the house, led by one of the members of the Lowsley-William family, who have owned the house since 1891. Learn about its rich history, including its role in the English Civil War, as well as the ensuing ghost stories.

After the tour, relax on the lawns for afternoon tea. Or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, take a guided e-bike tour of the local area. This will include the idyllic Kingscote Valley – another backdrop to many TV productions.

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Chedworth valley cycling, Cotswolds, England, UK
Cotswolds, England
Bike by gate, Cotswolds, England, UK
Cotswolds, England
Walking in Miserden Park, Cotswolds, England,  United Kingdom
Cotswolds, England
Wild garlic near Miserden, Cotswolds, England,  United Kingdom
Cotswolds, England

Explore on two wheels

The Cotswold hills hide a wealth of tiny lanes that beg to be explored. And there is no better way than by bicycle. Join local Rob Gardiner on a guided day out by bicycle (or e-bike).

Begin with a private tour of Rodmarton Manor then head north across the Sapperton Valley, stopping to briefly visit the abandoned canal tunnel and search for butterflies. Arrive at Miserden in time for lunch, with time to explore the beautiful gardens and nursery.

Continue east towards the Chedworth and Yanworth valleys. These bucolic landscapes are at their most beautiful in the late afternoon light, making them the perfect place to finish.

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Experiences

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

Cycle the Tarka Trail

Bike the Tarka Trail in Devon through wooded valleys and alongside peaceful river banks and coast.

Discover Celtic history

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

Alladale Wilderness Reserve

Explore Alladale Wilderness Reserve to learn about wild cat reintroduction programmes.

Climb Pen y Fan

Hike to the summit of the highest peak in the Brecon Beacons for stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Cycling through the Cotswolds

Take a slow cycle ride through some of the Cotswolds lesser-known villages and sites.

Beaches of Cornwall

Explore beautiful sandy coves and endless beaches.

Discover Cotswold manor houses

Explore fascinating manor houses, like Asthall Manor or Chavenage House.

Explore private gardens

Discover some of the UK’s most exquisite private gardens and arboretums.

Foraging in the wilds

Go foraging on Dartmoor with a local expert.

Head to St Michael’s Mount

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

Explore Lundy Island

Visit Lundy Island to see the puffins and skylarks.

Explore Eden

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

Explore Cornish harbours

Explore picturesque Cornish harbours like Port Isaac for picturesque 18th-century cottages and meandering coastal footpaths, and Mousehole, one of the principal ports of Mount’s Bay until the 16th century.

Climb Sugar Loaf

Hike up this heather-covered hill for beautiful views over Abergavenny and the Brecon Beacons.

British Trust for Ornithology

Take part in a fieldwork survey under the auspices of the British Trust for Ornithology.

Beaver reintroduction

Visit a beaver reintroduction project in Devon.

Pine martens in the Forest of Dean

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

National Trust properties

Step back in time at Lanhydrock and Trelissick Houses.

Skomer Island

Visit Skomer Island in search of the countless bird species found here, including puffins.

Slow cycle through the Cotswolds

Take a slow cycle tour around our favourite Cotswold villages, led by world record-breaking ultra endurance cyclist Rob Gardiner.

South West Coast Path

Walk England’s longest National Trail, the South West Coast Path.

Search for wild garlic

Explore ancient woodlands in springtime, when the wild garlic blossoms and fills the damp air with its scent

Sailing in Norfolk

Sail around the Norfolk creeks on a refurbished, traditional wooden whelk boat.

Support the white-tailed eagle project

Gain privileged insight into rewilding and visit the white-tailed eagle project in Mull, Scotland.

Stand up paddleboard in Devon

Get out on the water on stand-up paddleboards and journey from Watermouth Cove to Broadsands beach.

Stay at the incredible Alladale Reserve

Stay in exceptional lodges at spectacular locations like Alladale Reserve, which is situated on 23,000 acres of wild, highland terrain and the perfect base for lovers of unspoiled wilderness.

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.

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.

Walk the Cotswold Way

Walk the most stunning sections of the Cotswold Way – a 164-kilometre footpath that skirts along the Cotswold Edge escarpment.

Wild swimming in Dartmoor

Go wild swimming in Dartmoor at the remote Sharrah Pool or on remote stretches of coast.

Wildlife walk

Head out in search of British wildlife, including deer, foxes, badgers and birds of prey.

Holiday Inspiration

Our experts have created and curated these holiday ideas to get you started. Take the time to search through them and find something that is the spark for your unique adventure in the UK.

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