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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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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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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Accessible Peak District

Accessible Peak District

You'll be surprise by the wheelchair-friendly trails in the Peak District.

Location: Peak District, Derbyshire

Free
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Get befuddled at BeWILDerwood

Get befuddled at BeWILDerwood

Delve into an adventurous world of make-believe, inspired by local children’s author, Tom Blofeld.

Location: Hoveton, Norfolk

Forests and woodlands
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Enjoy the food and scenery at this famous West Yorkshire inn

Enjoy the food and scenery at this famous West Yorkshire inn

Book yourself into Shibden Mill Inn for a restorative winter break in the Yorkshire countryside.

Location: Halifax, West Yorkshire

Food and Drink
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Commemorate the First World War centenary at Dunham Massey

Commemorate the First World War centenary at Dunham Massey

Mark the centenary of WWI at Dunham Massey by hearing the stories of Stamford Military Hospital in which 282 soldiers were treated.

Location: Altrincham, Cheshire

Gardens and Parks
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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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The Solent Way- Lymington to Milford-on-Sea

The Solent Way- Lymington to Milford-on-Sea

Pick up some treats and walk the Solent Way.

Location: Lymington, Hampshire

Walking and hiking
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Satisfy your sweet tooth at England’s Oldest Sweet Shop

Satisfy your sweet tooth at England’s Oldest Sweet Shop

Enjoy retro sweets that evoke childhood memories at The Oldest Sweet Shop in England.

Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Budget
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Underground & over ground adventures at Go Ape

Underground & over ground adventures at Go Ape

Release your Tarzan and journey to the centre of the earth on an epic double adventure in Derbyshire’s beautiful Buxton.

Location: Buxton, Derbyshire

Forests and woodlands
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Picnic at Lanhydrock

Picnic at Lanhydrock

Head to finest house in Cornwall for a relaxing picnic with magnificent panoramic views and 900 acres of parkland and woodland.

Location: Bodmin, Cornwall

Castles and Historic Properties
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Take a boat along the canals of Cheshire

Take a boat along the canals of Cheshire

Spend a week cruising along the canals of Cheshire. Hire a narrow boat and meander along the Cheshire Ring, taking in the beauty of the countryside.

Location: Macclesfield, Cheshire

Boating
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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

Unique Experiences
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Go wwoofing in the Eden Valley

Go wwoofing in the Eden Valley

Wwoofing in the Eden Valley is a chance to get your hands dirty and learn about organic food, farming, and ways of life on a real life working farm.

Location: Armathwaite, Cumbria

Family
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Westonbirt Aboretum

Westonbirt Aboretum

Enjoy this South Cotswolds gem of an arboretum.

Location: Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Low cost
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Visit the impressive Nunney Castle

Visit the impressive Nunney Castle

Step back in time and experience life as it was at this moated, 14th-century castle.

Location: Nunney, Somerset

Picturesque places
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Walk barefoot through The National Forest at CONKERS

Walk barefoot through The National Forest at CONKERS

England’s woodland has always teemed with activity, and you’ll find more than enough at CONKERS.

Location: Swadlincote, Derbyshire

Attractions
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Spoil yourself with a bit of luxury at Ellenborough Hotel

Spoil yourself with a bit of luxury at Ellenborough Hotel

Even fussy types will find their every fancy and fantasy is well catered for at Cheltenham’s Ellenborough Hotel.

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Keep it real by the sea in Staithes

Keep it real by the sea in Staithes

Climb aboard a family boat and learn how to catch, clean and cook mackerel on the beach with Real Staithes.

Location: Staithes, Yorkshire

National Parks
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Heart-pumping mountain biking in the Forest of Dean

Heart-pumping mountain biking in the Forest of Dean

Feel the adrenaline flow through you as you experience downhill mountain bike tracks in the Forest of Dean.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Cycling

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