Lonely Planet was founded by married couple Maureen and Tony Wheeler. In 1972, they embarked on an overland trip through Europe and Asia to Australia, following the route of the Oxford and Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition. The company name originates from the misheard “lovely planet” in a song written by Matthew Moore.
Lonely Planet has named England one of the world’s top countries for travellers in its Best in Travel 2020 the annual collection of the best travel destinations, trends, journeys, and experiences to have in the year ahead.
The country came second place only to Bhutan, which was awarded first place as it is set to become the first fully organic nation by 2020.
England was praised for its long and accessible coastal paths, and beautiful scenery. Long holding a special place in the nation’s heart, the seaside was a major factor in awarding the country second place.
Now, with new sections of the England Coast Path continuing to open during 2020, coastal walks are set to improve. Once completed, the path will be the longest continuous trail of its kind in the world at almost 3,000 miles, giving people access to England’s entire coastline for the first time. People will be able to walk over access land to explore beaches up and down the country.
Lonely Planet’s experts listed several unmissable experiences in England, including:
- The magical history tour that is Northumberland’s coast: home to dramatic castles, offshore islands with puffins and seals, and the spectacular Holy Island.
- The Norfolk Coast: a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for over 50 years.
- The South West Coast Path, which lures hikers with its wonderful walks and photogenic views.