We are going hiking in the UK starting in late May. The map below shows all of the UK, and in the northern part, there are two trails that make a big red cross. The trail that runs north-south is the Pennine Way, and the trail that runs east-west is the Coast-to-Coast trail. Mike is going first, hiking the Pennine way (250 miles or so) with members of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. After the Penning Way, We will both meet up on the west coast in St. Bees for a west-to-east hike of the Coast-to-Coast trail (about 200 miles).
Here is a close-up of the two trails showing a little more detail. Each trail goes through several national parks, and the Coast-to-Coast goes through the "Lake District" which is supposed to be beautiful. We are going to be staying in local inns and B&B style accommodations for the entire trip, so we will not be bringing tents or sleeping bags or cooking gear. It will be a lot like the Camino de Santiago in regards to the equipment that we need to carry.
I think that we are both looking forward to a trip in a country where we speak the language, or at least one dialect of the language.