Countryside

Both genteel and wild, there’s nothing quite like the English countryside for rural escapes with its patchwork hills, dramatic dales, ancient woodlands and winding country roads. All well and good, but what is there to do in England’s countryside exactly? Quite a lot, actually. Admire the grand interiors of a stately home before catching a play in the surrounding gardens, travel back in time with visits to ancient stone circles and crumbling castles, or step into a chocolate box of quaint villages and market towns and live like a local, trying farmhouse cheeses, cream teas and real ales along the way.

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Gastro glamping at the foot of Belvoir Castle

Gastro glamping at the foot of Belvoir Castle

Pronounced ‘beaver’ by locals and literally meaning ‘beautiful view’, the Vale of Belvoir offers the perfect place to hideaway.

Location: Near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Discover Windermere’s secret shore on the West Shore Cycleway

Discover Windermere’s secret shore on the West Shore Cycleway

Explore a quieter side of the Lake District on the Windermere West Shore Cycleway.

Location: Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria

Low cost
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Canvas cottages at the Dandelion Hideaway

Canvas cottages at the Dandelion Hideaway

Dandelion Hideaway’s cosy canvas cottages offer family-friendly simplicity and the chance to ‘muck in’ with farming activities in woodland surroundings.

Location: Osbaston, Leicestershire

Zoos, wildlife and safari parks
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Enjoy family fun in the forest

Enjoy family fun in the forest

Enjoy a family trip to Hamsterley Forest for walking and cycling routes, horse riding trails, picnic sites and an adventure play park.

Location: Durham Dales

Walking and hiking
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Find a piece of Japan at Pure Land Japanese Garden

Find a piece of Japan at Pure Land Japanese Garden

Tucked away in a rural village in Nottinghamshire, find an unexpected piece of Japan and the ultimate in Zen.

Location: North Clifton, Nottinghamshire

Gardens and Parks
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Wild Swimming in Grassington

Wild Swimming in Grassington

Grassington is an idyllic little Dales market town with a cobbled square, quirky shops and cosy pubs.

Location: Grassignton, North Yorkshire

Free
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Take a stroll around Shearwater Lake on the Longleat Estate

Take a stroll around Shearwater Lake on the Longleat Estate

Enjoy the sights and blooms of the Longleat Estate.

Location: Warminster, Wiltshire

Walking and hiking
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A taste of farmhouse luxury in Kent

A taste of farmhouse luxury in Kent

Luxury accommodation at Alkham Court with four individually styled bedrooms, each with their own charm.

Location: Nr Dover, Kent

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Get close to nature at RSPB Rainham Marshes

Get close to nature at RSPB Rainham Marshes

With big skies and exciting wildlife, there’s something for everyone wanting to great closer to nature – from walkers to wildlife enthusiasts.

Location: Purfleet, Essex

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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A weekend in Gloucestershire

A weekend in Gloucestershire

From Double Gloucester to Harry Potter.

Location: Gloucestershire

Countryside
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A dog-friendly holiday in Cumbria

A dog-friendly holiday in Cumbria

Stretch your and their legs in the Lake District.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

Free
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Camp at Rocks East Woodland

Camp at Rocks East Woodland

Hone your survival skills in a stunning West country setting.

Location: Chippenham, Wiltshire

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Get back to nature at Attenborough Nature Reserve

Get back to nature at Attenborough Nature Reserve

The tranquil waters of the beautiful Attenborough Nature Reserve in Nottingham set the landscape for discovering and watching wildlife at its best.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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Monkeying around in the New Forest

Monkeying around in the New Forest

Bond with your tribe at the Go Ape course in Moors Valley Country Park near Ringwood for a thrilling forest adventure.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

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Meet and greet the sea life at Hunstanton

Meet and greet the sea life at Hunstanton

Explore rock pools, enjoy the sea and find out for yourself how Hunstanton's beach remains a stunning backdrop to a fantastic seaside summer holiday.

Location: King's Lynn, Norfolk

Coastal towns
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Take afternoon tea in the wonderful woods at Falling Foss

Take afternoon tea in the wonderful woods at Falling Foss

If ever there was a magical woodland walk, it’s the 2-mile circular trail through the trees from May Beck to the charming Falling Foss waterfall.

Location: Whitby, Yorkshire

Forests and woodlands
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The Savill Garden

The Savill Garden

Enliven your senses with a walk around one of Britain's finest ornamental gardens.

Location: Windsor, Berkshire

Gardens and Parks
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Stay at All Stretton Bunkhouse in the Shropshire Hills

Stay at All Stretton Bunkhouse in the Shropshire Hills

Experience the great outdoors with a stay at All Stretton Bunkhouse, nestled deep in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Location: Church Stretton, Shropshire

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Explore Gibberd Garden’s sculpture trail & 7 acre garden

Explore Gibberd Garden’s sculpture trail & 7 acre garden

The Gibberd Garden was designed by an uncompromising modern architect, and has been conserved just as he left it – tranquil, artful and beautiful.

Location: Harlow, Essex

Outdoor art and sculpture
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A saddle and paddle adventure

A saddle and paddle adventure

With historic canals and West Country scenery at its finest, it’s essential that you see as much of Exeter as possible.

Location: Exeter, Devon

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