Travel Q&A: Hiking Across England, What to Do With Luggage, Senior Travel
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Q. Are there any tour companies you can recommend for a coast-to-coast hike of England? Do you think it's best for weekend hikers to do the hike with a guide rather than to attempt it on their own?
Melanie Russell, Arlington
A. Long-distance walking is a wonderful way to experience the English countryside, and the 190-mile Coast to Coast Walk from Cumbria to Yorkshire is especially scenic, crossing three national parks. It generally takes 10 to 14 days to do the whole thing. Just be aware that the route is not signposted and that there are some fairly demanding stretches: steep grades in the Lake District, bare and exposed stages in the North York Moors, according to the Web site of the Ramblers (http:/
Those new to long-distance hiking should consider a guide; the Ramblers Web site has many recommendations, including Wayfarers (http:/
I'm flying to Australia and have a 12-hour layover at LAX. I'm hoping to leave the airport. What can I do with my luggage?
Georgia Riedel, St. Leonard
As at most airports, lockers and oversize-item storage rooms at LAX are a thing of the past. But an off-site company called LAX Luggage Storage (http:/
Another option: If you're planning to rent a car to get around during your layover, store your luggage in the trunk.
In response to the reader looking for quality travel opportunities for her recently widowed mother (Travel Q&A, April 5), Mary Ginn of Oakton recommends going with small groups "so I can meet other people and not feel restricted because I am traveling solo." She especially likes Overseas Adventure Travel (http:/
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