We are traveling to England in September 2011 and want to do a 5-7 day walk. Our ideal would be to walk through beautiful farmlands and river valleys past quaint villages, ruined (or not) abbeys and castles. Also, enough local pubs and inns to stop for lunch some of the days and each night to sleep.
Both the Cotswold Way and the Dales Way seem like they could fit the bill and we're having a difficult time deciding. I'm a little worried that the Cotswold Way might be too crowded or touristy but it sure looks beautiful.
Before or after the walk we will be traveling in Scotland for about 2 weeks.
We have been reading a lot in guidebooks but there's nothing like talking to people who've been there. Any suggestions would be appreciated!