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Walking Holidays for Foodies in the UK

By on 30/05/2018

I’m a walker. Walking for me, whether with a destination in mind or just roaming with no aim, is a form of meditation and a way to process every day life’s challenges, and sometimes a way to disconnect completely. This is why I try and take at least one walking holiday a year, if possible in the UK, where the landscapes are so varied from county to county, that it always catches me by surprise.

Roaches Peak District UK

I’m also a foodie. Trying new local foods is one of the reasons I love travelling. Whether it’s internationally or within the UK, I always try the local specialties, which more often than not, will use local produce too, making them really fresh. But not only that… food gives you an insight to an area’s culture, character and way of life.

Choosing a slow holiday specialist

We all lead busy lives, and every so often we need to take a break and slow down, but deciding where to go, what you want to do, etc also takes time. We don’t want the planning of our holidays to become ‘another job to do’. After all, the reason we want or need this holiday is to slow right down, not to add to the to-do list.

This is why it is so important that we choose the right holiday company to help us with the details. And sometimes to give us the ideas we would have never thought about!

Malham North Yorkshire UK

And this is where Inntravel comes to the rescue. Inntravel specialises in a wide and varied range of self-guided activity holidays that include walking and cycling in the UK. And they offer something for everyone – even the most occasional walker or cyclist.

Inntravel’s walking holidays are designed to ease you into the rhythm and patterns of everyday life as you journey through wonderful landscapes, uncover hidden corners and share genuine and authentic encounters with local people along the way.

The Lake District UK

But it’s not only about the walking… Inntravel’s slow holidays give you time to relax in family-run hotels and character inns, where you receive the warmest of welcomes and to also relish delicious regional cuisine. I love throwing local food into the mix in all the trips that I take, so this last element is a real bonus for me.

Combining walking and food

Combining self-guided walking and guided foodie visits gives you the best of both worlds. You walk at your own pace, village to village, following detailed maps and notes provided by Inntravel, while your luggage is transported for you. But when you get to the other end at the end of the day, you can discover delicious regional cuisine.

To mark their 30thanniversary, Inntravel created A Yorkshire Gastronomic Celebration holiday where, after a day of self-guided walks enjoying the highlights of the area – romantic Rievaulx Abbey, Helmsley’s crumbling castle, and graceful Nunnington Hall – you get to go on food-themed visits to a variety of independent producers accompanied by a highly regarded expert.

Cheese Board

These visits are a real highlight, as you’re granted behind-the-scenes access. But the regional cuisine element of this break extends beyond, to the delicious evening meals, with dinners at the Michelin-starred restaurant, The Star at Harome, and the beautifully situated Pheasant Hotel, which makes this a very indulgent break.

This holiday finishes in Malton, the Food Capital of Yorkshire and the perfect place for a grand foodie finale.

Thorpe Cloud Peak District UK

Why you should include Malton in your travel plans

Malton is located approximately half way between York, inland, and Scarborough, in the coast; and south of the magnificent North York Moors National Park. In addition, as I mentioned, it is known as the Yorkshire Food Capital.

Malton has been celebrating Yorkshire’s finest produce and cooking for 10 years, with Malton Food Lovers Festival set across the streets of the town. Taking place on 26th and 27th May, expect heaving stalls, delicious street food, talks, tastings, celebrity chefs, demos, loads of music and much more. It is not known as Yorkshire’s Foodie Glastonbury for nothing, so make sure you add this to your food festival calendar!

Mushrooms

Malton really is a foodie paradise. You can visit Talbot Yard Food Court, where you’ll find six fab artisan producers. Here you have a gelateria, a butcher, a baker, a coffee roaster and even a macaron maker – with the philosophy that all the artisan food is made on-site. You can also go to Gin School at the Rare Bird Distillery, where you can learn how to create you own bespoke gin! Explore the Talbot Yard Food Court at your own leisure, or you can book a guided food tour.

Gin cocktail

And let’s not forget Malton’s restaurants. You will find a great variety with a focus on using the best of the local produce.

With so much to offer to foodies like me, and set at the end of a walking holiday enjoying the breathtaking Yorkshire landscapes, Malton is the perfect place to replenish your energy and enjoy a taste of Yorkshire.

Have you ever been on a food-focused activity holiday?
Let me know in the comments!


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16 Comments
  1. Reply

    Katie

    02/06/2018

    This would be perfect for me! I love walking and I love to eat (the one offsets the other!). I’m also a huge gin fan so the distillery gin school is right up my street!

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      Teresa

      02/06/2018

      Yes!! That’s exactly what I thought… enjoy the local delicacies and burn them off! hehe.

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    Kaylene Isherwood

    02/06/2018

    Seriously my two favorite things – walking & eating. I’ve just moved to the UK so will have to check out Malton soon – sounds like my kind of place!

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      Teresa

      02/06/2018

      Oh welcome to the UK! There is so much to explore in such a small country! And walking and eating your way through it is the best to do it 🙂

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    Carmelatte

    02/06/2018

    How I love the countryside and the British mountains <3

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      Teresa

      02/06/2018

      It’s a truly beautiful country

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    Anna

    02/06/2018

    This sounds exactly like my cup of tea (pun intended)! I’m also a bit of a walker and, surprisingly, I like food at least as much. I wonder if my dog would be able to come with me…

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      Teresa

      02/06/2018

      I loved walking with my dog when I had one too. I’m sure you’ll be able to find suitable dog-friendly pit stops and accommodation. The UK is generally a very dog-friendly country, particularly in the countryside.

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    Catherine’s Cultural Wednesdays

    02/06/2018

    This would be perfect for me, I love walking and food! We went on an Inntravel cycling holiday and ate superbly

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      Teresa

      02/06/2018

      I’m so happy to hear that try loved your Inntravel holiday! Walking and eating have to be two of the best pleasures in life 🙂

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    Faith Coates

    02/06/2018

    Oh my god I loved Malton I went to the food market there several times and it was simply heaven for foodies like hubs and I – I even bought tons of vegan stuff which was absolutely superb.

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      Teresa

      02/06/2018

      That’s brilliant! I love hearing when people have also loved places I’ve written about! 🙂

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    Amy

    02/06/2018

    This looks great! I’d love to visit that food festival and try everything!

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      Teresa

      02/06/2018

      I know! It’s like foodie heaven! I mean… where do you stop?? 😀

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    Greta

    02/06/2018

    I really need to get out of London more, these places all look stunning! Your photos are so good! Although I don’t know if walking and eating would be good for me, the food looks incredible, I’d probably eat too much haha

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      Teresa

      03/06/2018

      Haha. That’s the good thing about these kind of holidays. You can eat a lot and burn it off with a long walk afterwards 😄

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