Hiking, Cycling in the Sceptr'd Isle

Reed Travel Features

NEW YORK -- Hiking or biking are ideal options for active clients who want to explore Great Britain's less-traveled paths.

Clients interested in embarking on an organized cycling or walking tour have a variety of operators and des-

tinations from which to choose.

Following is a partial list of products:

* Based in Newport, R.I., the Wayfarers, (800) 249-4620, created two new walks in England.

The five-night From Sea to Sea itinerary starts in Morecambe Bay on the Irish Sea and crosses Yorkshire to Runswick Bay on the North Sea.

The tour is priced at $1,800 per person, double.

The Gardens of Dorset program takes participants on walks through a variety of gardens, ranging from the turn-of-the-century grounds of Wayford Manor to the subtropical landscapes of Abbotsbury.

The tour is priced at $1,680 per person, double.

* New York-based Lynott Tours, (800) 221-2474, introduced a walking tour in Scotland priced from $829 per person, double.

The seven-night trip focuses on trails near Loch Leven in the Highlands and is recommended for all levels of experience.

* Country Lanes, in Fordingbridge, England, takes cyclists through the hills on its five-night Cotswolds itinerary.

The guided tour is priced at about $2,550 per person, double, or clients can go on their own for about $2,225.

Country Lanes can be reached at (011) 44-142 565-5022; fax (011) 44-142 565-5177.

* Backroads, (800) 462-2848, launched a cycling program in Scotland that explores the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Mull.

The seven-night trip costs from $2,698 per person, double.

* Toronto-based Butterfield & Robinson, (800) 678-1147, features a five-night walking itinerary exploring the Cots-wolds.

Along the way, the group will have time to poke around in local antique shops and tour several gardens.

The program is priced at $2,750 per person, double.

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