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 on the challenging Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail

Take on the challenging Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail

Follow in the footsteps of an Emperor along the Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail.

Location: Wallsend, Tyne and Wear

World heritage sites
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Picture Mr Darcy coming out of the lake

Picture Mr Darcy coming out of the lake

The magnificent house, gardens and deer park at Lyme Park was the filming location for the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice.

Location: Lyme Handley, Cheshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Enjoy country-chic style at No1 Silverbank

Enjoy country-chic style at No1 Silverbank

It’s a bit of an understatement to call No1 Silverbank a cottage. Yes, it has exposed beams, a log fire and a pretty garden filled with perennials – but that’s only half the story.

Location: Coniston, Cumbria

Picturesque places
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Enjoy a family stay in a 14th century house in the Peak District

Enjoy a family stay in a 14th century house in the Peak District

Spend the day ambling around mountains and fells of the Peak District before enjoying a relaxing evening with whole family at The Old Bakehouse.

Location: Hope Valley, Peak District

National Parks
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Dig for buried treasure at Roman Vindolanda

Dig for buried treasure at Roman Vindolanda

See live archaeological excavations before your eyes at the ancient fort of Vindolanda.

Location: Vindolanda, Northumberland

Archaeological sites
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Visit a family run vineyard in the heart of the Chilterns

Visit a family run vineyard in the heart of the Chilterns

Explore the vineyard and sample the wine and beer produced in this truly independent brewery in Buckinghamshire.

Location: Henley-on-Thames, Buckinghamshire

Vineyards and wine tasting
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Be inspired by the grand Malvern Hills

Be inspired by the grand Malvern Hills

Enjoy great views on top of the Worcestershire Beacon and follow in the footsteps of writers and composers including Sir Edward Elgar and C.S Lewis.

Location: Malvern, Worcestershire

Forests and woodlands
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See an island from the air

See an island from the air

Enjoy the view that most visitors to the Isle of Wight miss every year by seeing it from the skies on a paragliding trip.

Location: Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

Extreme Sports
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A Famous Five adventure

A Famous Five adventure

Follow in the footsteps of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five with some castle capers and a seaside adventure by steam railway.

Location: Corfe Castle, Dorset

Literature, film and TV
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Swing through the canopy with Tree Top Treks

Swing through the canopy with Tree Top Treks

Monkey about for a day and climb through the trees on our specially designed obstacle course and discover views previously reserved for the birds.

Location: Windermere, Cumbria

Forests and woodlands
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Babington House in Somerset

Babington House in Somerset

If you like your romantic countryside hideaway to come with a cutting edge private members’ feel, Nick Jones’ Babington House has to be on your list.

Location: Frome, Somerset

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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See rare birds at Londesborough

See rare birds at Londesborough

Londesborough Park offers the ideal setting to spot Red Kites flying gracefully above the Yorkshire Wolds.

Location: Londesborough, East Riding of Yorkshire

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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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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Enjoy fresh, local produce on The Vale Trail

Enjoy fresh, local produce on The Vale Trail

Have a unique horticultural experience in one of England's most fertile lands. Sample fresh produce from local food and drink producers.

Location: Evesham, Worcestershire

Regional specialities
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Get close to nature at Oxford Botanic Garden

Get close to nature at Oxford Botanic Garden

Pack your picnic and plan a day out at Oxford’s Botanic Garden where there is always something interesting to see in the gardens.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

Gardens and Parks
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Potter about with Potter at Hill Top

Potter about with Potter at Hill Top

Observe the trout on Esthwaite Water from the Tale of Jeremy Fisher and fields that inspired the Tale of Peter Rabbit and much more at Hill Top.

Location: Ambleside, Cumbria

Literature, film and TV
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Dogs and dinosaurs at Belsay

Dogs and dinosaurs at Belsay

You’d think you were in Jurassic Park, not at Belsay Hall. And you can explore this magnificent garden with your four-legged friend.

Location: Belsay, Northumberland

Attractions
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Aysgarth Falls in the Yorkshire Dales

Aysgarth Falls in the Yorkshire Dales

Experience the legacy of the the Ice Age.

Location: Aysgarth, North Yorkshire

Picturesque places
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Sissinghurst Castle Gardens

Sissinghurst Castle Gardens

Sissinghurst is known to green-fingered enthusiasts world-over as the epitome of an English country garden.

Location: Sissinghurst, Kent

Picturesque places
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History and boat trips at The National Waterways Museum

History and boat trips at The National Waterways Museum

The National Waterways Museum is a place where time slows down and history comes to life.

Location: Ellesmere Port, Cheshire

Museums, galleries and libraries

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