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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Small pleasures come free at Dimminsdale Nature Reserve

Small pleasures come free at Dimminsdale Nature Reserve

Just a few small snowdrops bring cheer to the colder, shorter days of England’s winter, and seen at Dimminsdale, they’re simply breathtaking.

Location: Staunton Harold, Leicestershire

Free
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Follow themed cycle trails through Haldon Forest Park

Follow themed cycle trails through Haldon Forest Park

Get active under 3,500 acres of forest canopy, with purpose-built cycling trails for all abilities at Haldon Forest Park

Location: Exeter, Devon

Countryside
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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 wild at Trentham Monkey Forest

Go wild at Trentham Monkey Forest

This is the only place in Britain where you can walk amongst 140 Barbary macaques roaming free in 60 acres of forest.

Location: Trentham , Staffordshire

Forests and woodlands
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Discover hidden Ice Age art at Creswell Crags

Discover hidden Ice Age art at Creswell Crags

Hidden in a beautiful limestone gorge you'll find some of Britain's only known Ice Age art.

Location: Creswell, Nottinghamshire

Archaeological sites
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From bed chambers to torture chambers at Hever Castle

From bed chambers to torture chambers at Hever Castle

Visit Hever Castle’s grisly Council Chamber containing collections of swords, armour and gruesome instruments of execution, torture and discipline.

Location: Hever, Kent

Castles and Historic Properties
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Discover wildlife and the history of Derwent Reservoir

Discover wildlife and the history of Derwent Reservoir

Spot red squirrels, adders and bog plants at Derwent Reservoir and Pow Hill Country Park in the Durham Dales.

Location: Durham Dales

Walking and hiking
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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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Tame your own dragon at the Forest of Dean’s Dragon Festival

Tame your own dragon at the Forest of Dean’s Dragon Festival

Get hands on with baby dragons and learn dragonology as ‘Alchemy Entertainment’ takes over the Dean Heritage Centre for the whole weekend.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Culture
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Receive a warm welcome for weary walkers on Blakey Ridge

Receive a warm welcome for weary walkers on Blakey Ridge

It’s the simple things that matter when you've walked all day in Yorkshire – like a pint, a home-cooked meal and a big, roaring fire.

Location: Kirkbymoorside, Yorkshire

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Vintage escapes on the Isle of Wight

Vintage escapes on the Isle of Wight

Spend the weekend in a traditional 1960's bungalow, vintage caravan or other relic.

Location: Isle of Wight, Hampshire

Unique Experiences
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Get a taste of the Yorkshire Wolds

Get a taste of the Yorkshire Wolds

Sample artisan baking, pies, pickles and jams, golden Wold oil and award-winning ales at one of the many food festivals in the area.

Location: Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire

Food and Drink
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Enjoy a warm welcome & a hot meal Battlesteads Pub and Hotel

Enjoy a warm welcome & a hot meal Battlesteads Pub and Hotel

A warm welcome awaits you in the picturesque village of Wark, at Battlesteads Pub and Hotel - passionate about ales, beers, wines and being green.

Location: Hexham, Northumberland

Eating out
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Underground Choir Singing

Underground Choir Singing

Inside Britain's largest natural cave entrance.

Location: Castleton, Derbyshire

Going underground
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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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Tour the 18th century Walled Gardens at the Apley Estate

Tour the 18th century Walled Gardens at the Apley Estate

Take a guided tour of the Walled Gardens on the Apley Estate in Shropshire, sample its produce at The Creamery Café or buy your own from Apley Farm Shop.

Location: Apley, Shropshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Get on your bike and take on the ‘Hills Killer’

Get on your bike and take on the ‘Hills Killer’

Do you have what it takes to battle your bike up the most challenging hills on the Isle of Wight?

Location: Freshwater, Isle of Wight

September events
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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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Rowton Castle

Rowton Castle

All the quirks of a 17th century castle mixed with plenty of modern luxuries and great food put simply, it’s got the lot.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Food and Drink
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Explore the quintessential English garden of Pashley Manor

Explore the quintessential English garden of Pashley Manor

Pashley Manor is the very essence of an English garden, and is set in a well-wooded park with superb views over the surrounding countryside.

Location: Wadhurst, East Sussex

Gardens and Parks

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