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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Stay in an Elizabethan coaching inn with a modern spin

Stay in an Elizabethan coaching inn with a modern spin

Head to the edge of the Tube map to experience some old world hospitality at The Crown Inn in Amersham.

Location: Amersham, Buckinghamshire

Countryside
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Conquer the High Ropes at the Secret Nuclear Bunker

Conquer the High Ropes at the Secret Nuclear Bunker

Put on some sturdy boots or trainers and get the adrenalin pumping at this award winning high ropes course.

Location: Kelvedon Hatch, Essex

Countryside
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Ride a bicycle built for two

Ride a bicycle built for two

Hire the elegant Gazelle Balance tandem to explore the cycle-friendly Brighton & Hove.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Cycling
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A dog-friendly beach break

A dog-friendly beach break

Dramatic views and dog-friendly pubs in Northumberland.

Location: Bamburgh, Northumberland

Budget
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Travel back to the 1930s at Berkonscot Model Village

Travel back to the 1930s at Berkonscot Model Village

Bekonscot is the world’s oldest and original model village and model railway, and a tribute to one man’s eccentricity.

Location: Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Coleton Fishacre

Coleton Fishacre

A 1920s Art Deco house and garden in the beautiful Devon countryside.

Location: Kingswear, Devon

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Windsor Great Park

Windsor Great Park

Take a tour of the park in a horse-drawn carriage.

Location: Windsor, Berkshire

Tours and trails
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Take a walk on the wild side at Marsden Moor

Take a walk on the wild side at Marsden Moor

Unspoilt valleys, reservoirs, peaks and crags make up the beautiful landscape of Marsden Moor perfect for all things outdoors.

Location: Marsden, West Yorkshire

Walking and hiking
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Suffolk's Oulton Broad

Suffolk's Oulton Broad

If you’re looking for inspiration about where to go with the family this summer, might we suggest the rather lovely town of Oulton Broad.

Location: Oulton Broad, Suffolk

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See beautiful blooms at Howick Gardens and Arboretum

See beautiful blooms at Howick Gardens and Arboretum

Rated by BBC Gardener's World Magazine as one of England’s top 5 coastal gardens, Howick Hall Gardens and Arboretum is a garden lover’s paradise.

Location: Howick, Northumberland

Castles and Historic Properties
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Take in the views and afternoon tea in Wiltshire

Take in the views and afternoon tea in Wiltshire

Build up an appetite with a walk through the picturesque Vale of Wardour before stopping for tea and a spot of cake in the pretty village of Tisbury.

Location: Tisbury, Wiltshire

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Explore Exmoor on foot at this fantastic walking festival

Explore Exmoor on foot at this fantastic walking festival

Pull on your hiking boots and join in the march at the North Devon and Exmoor Walking Festival.

Location: Exmoor, Devon

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Get close to animals at Paradise Wildlife Park

Get close to animals at Paradise Wildlife Park

Head to Hertfordshire for an exciting day out with the family at this award-winning zoo to see animals and enjoy a whole host of experiences.

Location: Broxbourne, Hertfordshire

Family
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Canyoning in Cumbria

Canyoning in Cumbria

It's time to take the plunge.

Location: Bowness, Cumbria

Lakes and waterways
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Discover the 'old man' that's really in The National Forest & Beyond

Discover the 'old man' that's really in The National Forest & Beyond

Once the stately home of eccentrics, Calke Abbey’s former glory has faded, but outside there’s room to walk, run and explore.

Location: Ticknall, Derbyshire

Forests and woodlands
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Explore the Norman fortress of Richmond Castle

Explore the Norman fortress of Richmond Castle

Built to subdue the unruly North of England, Richmond Castle sits against the stunning backdrop of the Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Richmond, North Yorkshire

Budget
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Spend the night in a coaching inn in the Durham Dales

Spend the night in a coaching inn in the Durham Dales

Enjoy a rural getaway in the Durham Dales and discover the unspoilt landscape of Teesdale, before staying the night in boutique inn, The Rose & Crown.

Location: Romaldkirk, Teesdale

Food and Drink
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Meet the residents of The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth

Meet the residents of The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth

Make friends with the equine residents of Sidmouth’s Donkey Sanctuary and see the great work that the charity does for yourself.

Location: Sidmouth, Devon

Low cost
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Experience the thrills of Medieval Glamping at Warwick Castle

Experience the thrills of Medieval Glamping at Warwick Castle

Grab your sleeping bag and head to Warwick for a family holiday with a difference staying in bell tents among the historic surroundings of the castle.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Enjoy more time at Stourhead with a stay at The Spread Eagle

Enjoy more time at Stourhead with a stay at The Spread Eagle

This West Country pub with rooms is located on Stourhead, one of the National Trust’s finest estates.

Location: Stourhead, Wiltshire

Countryside

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