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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Take in the sights on the Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail

Take in the sights on the Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail

Stretch those legs on this picturesque countryside walk along the historic sights of Hadrian’s Wall.

Location: Housesteads, Northumberland

Archaeological sites
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Experience wine-making the way it always was

Experience wine-making the way it always was

Enjoy an organic tipple among the vines of an English country gem.

Location: Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire

Countryside
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Live like a Lord & Lady at the Langley Castle Hotel

Live like a Lord & Lady at the Langley Castle Hotel

For all knights and princesses out there, your very own 14th century castle awaits you…

Location: Langley-on-Tyne, Northumberland

Unique Experiences
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Test your fitness levels at The Great North Run

Test your fitness levels at The Great North Run

The Great North Run is an iconic half marathon with more than 54,000 runners registering to take part every year.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Events
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Go horseriding in the Lake District

Go horseriding in the Lake District

Saddle up for a two-day horseriding trek around the fells of the Lake District.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

Unique Experiences
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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

Yorkshire’s first World Heritage Site and Britain's largest monastic ruin in North Yorkshire.

Location: Ripon, North Yorkshire

Heritage
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Hidcote Manor Gardens

Hidcote Manor Gardens

Forget about the outside world for a few hours.

Location: Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Fall in love with Tickton Grange

Fall in love with Tickton Grange

Relax in this magnificent Georgian country house hotel. Dine in its award-winning restaurant or lose yourselves in its beautiful gardens.

Location: Beverley, East Yorkshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Soak up the sights of Hampshire on a canal trip

Soak up the sights of Hampshire on a canal trip

Float away on a scenic cruise along the Basingstoke Canal. With 29 locks, the canal is a boaters’ paradise and a great family experience.

Location: Basingstoke, Hampshire

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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Indulge in life’s simple pleasures in Nidderdale

Indulge in life’s simple pleasures in Nidderdale

Stunning countryside, pretty villages, pubs with roaring fires; Nidderdale is the perfect escape for spending quality time with each other.

Location: Pateley Bridge/Masham, North Yorkshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Walking in the New Forest

Walking in the New Forest

Twist and turn through vibrant gorse, imposing woodland and bubbling streams as you stroll through the Forest’s 143 miles of trails.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

Walking and hiking
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A luxury stay that’s a Wold away from the everyday

A luxury stay that’s a Wold away from the everyday

Leave it all behind in a quirky, cosy Shepherd Hut hideaway. Enjoy long country walks and relax together in a hot tub under the stars.

Location: Bishop Wilton, York

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Look out towards the beautiful landmarks of the Chilterns

Look out towards the beautiful landmarks of the Chilterns

Ivinghoe Beacon, Coombe Hill and Whiteleaf Cross are prominent landmarks of the Chiltern Hills and perfect spots to have a picnic or watch the sun go down.

Location: Ivinghoe Beacon, Coombe Hill and Whiteleaf Cross, Buckinghamshire

Countryside
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Stand where Mary, Queen of Scots was executed

Stand where Mary, Queen of Scots was executed

Now only the earthworks and the conical motte remain of Fotheringhay Castle, standing above the peaceful River Nene.

Location: Fotheringhay, Northamptonshire

Countryside
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Chainsaw sculptures capture the eye at Beacon Hill

Chainsaw sculptures capture the eye at Beacon Hill

Where would you expect to see a sheep duo, rock character, miniature train and fairy castle, all carefully carved out of wood?

Location: Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Take a visit to Looe Island

Take a visit to Looe Island

Looe Island Nature Reserve is a haven for diverse and fascinating wildlife, from silver-washed fritillaries to grey seals.

Location: Looe, Cornwall

Beaches
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Ride the red cycle trail at Hamsterley Forest

Ride the red cycle trail at Hamsterley Forest

Experience superb views across the Durham Dales as you ride the red cycle route at Durham's biggest forest.

Location: Durham Dales

Cycling
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Follow in the footsteps of William the Conqueror

Follow in the footsteps of William the Conqueror

Enjoy the sights of the historic towns of Battle and Hastings as you embark on the historic 1066 Country Walk.

Location: Pevensey, East Sussex

Tours and trails
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Raise a glass in the South Downs countryside

Raise a glass in the South Downs countryside

English sparkling wine is enjoying a renaissance.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Vineyards and wine tasting
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Visit a stunning Garden of Distinction in Cheshire today

Visit a stunning Garden of Distinction in Cheshire today

Spend the day visiting the beautiful landscapes of Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction. With so many to visit, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Location: Cheshire

Gardens and Parks

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