PLAN OF TOUR.
IV. Plan of Tour.
The plan of tour must depend entirely on the traveller s taste
and the time he has at his disposal. It may, however, be stated
here that all the attractions of the island cannot possibly be visited
in the course of a single summer. Among the most attractive dis¬
tricts are the English Lakes (R. 45); Edinburgh and the Scottish
Highlands (RR. 61, 63-65); North Wales (R. 37); Devon and
Cornwall (RR. 16-20); South Wales (RR. 24-29) and the Valley
of the Wye (R. 21); the Shakespeare Country (RR. 31, 32); the
Derbyshire Peak (R. 42); Surrey (R. 7); and the Isle of Wight
(R. 9). A glance at the map will show which groups can be most
easily combined; but it should be remembered that even the
most widely separated districts are brought comparatively near
each other by the admirable and speedy service of the railway-
system. One of the most characteristic and interesting features
of England consists in its cathedral cities, a round of which alone
makes a most delightful tour, while a visit to two or three can
easily be added to an excursion in any of the districts above
named, the map again helping to decide. Among the more im¬
portant cathedrals may be mentioned those of Canterbury (p. 10),
Lincoln (p. 433), York (p. 414), Salisbury (p. 88), Durham
(p. 419), Ely (p. 447), Gloucester (p. 164), Lichfield (p. 355),
Peterborough (p. 368), Winchester (p. 67), and Wells (p. 113);
but many of the others are of nearly equal interest. Those who
can manage it should not omit a visit to either Oxford (R. 30)
or Cambridge (R. 53), or both.
The pedestrian is unquestionably the most independent of
travellers, and in exploring the Scottish and Welsh mountains he
will have many advantages over the traveller by rail or coach. For
a short tour a couple of flannel shirts, a pair of worsted stockings,
slippers, the articles of the toilet, a light waterproof, and a stout
umbrella will generally be found a sufficient equipment. Strong
and well-tried boots are essential to comfort. Heavy and compli¬
cated knapsacks should be avoided; a light pouch or game-bag
is far less irksome, and its position may be shifted at pleasure.
A more extensive reserve of clothing should not exceed the limits
of a small portmanteau, which may be forwarded from town to town
by railway. The sheets of the Ordnance Survey, published at a
very moderate price, will be found invaluable for the pedestrian.—
Foi hints to cyclists, see p. xxv.
The first-class hotels in the principal towns, fashionable water¬
ing places, and most frequented tourist-resorts throughout England
and Wales are generally good and somewhat expensive ■ but in
many of the large commercial and industrial centres the require¬
ments of the 'uncommercial traveller' are very inadequately met.