It's the country way

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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Find a piece of Japan at Pure Land Japanese Garden

Find a piece of Japan at Pure Land Japanese Garden

Tucked away in a rural village in Nottinghamshire, find an unexpected piece of Japan and the ultimate in Zen.

Location: North Clifton, Nottinghamshire

Gardens and Parks
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Enjoy the great outdoors at Cannock Chase Forest

Enjoy the great outdoors at Cannock Chase Forest

Cannock Chase is the UK’s smallest mainland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Here you can ride, hike, climb or just wander at your own pace.

Location: Rugeley , Staffordshire

Walking and hiking
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Go wildlife spotting at Hastings Country Park

Go wildlife spotting at Hastings Country Park

Explore over 660 acres of countryside, and uncover the rare wildlife that inhabit the area all year round.

Location: Hastings, East Sussex

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy

Home to a rather fabulous collection that includes pieces by Rubens, Van Duyck, Titian.

Location: Poole, Dorset

Price: £12.50 for standard adult entry to house and gardens

Gardens and Parks
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Uncover the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

Uncover the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

For lovers of the great outdoors, the Sculpture Trail at Beechenhurst showcases giant pieces created from materials you might find in the Forest.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Scramble your way to fine views with Via Ferrata Xtreme

Scramble your way to fine views with Via Ferrata Xtreme

Climb your way to one of the finest views in the Lake District with Via Ferrata Xtreme.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

Extreme Sports
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Visit the dramatic landscape that inspired John Constable

Visit the dramatic landscape that inspired John Constable

Follow in the footsteps of John Constable and explore Dedham Vale and Stour Valley an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Location: Dedham, Colchester

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Poetry of the Lakes

Poetry of the Lakes

Walking the natural phenomena that is the Lake District costs nothing and is arguably the most romantic place in England.

Location: Windermere, Cumbria

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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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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Take an animal-themed weekend in Devon

Take an animal-themed weekend in Devon

Find you inner horse whisperer.

Location: Bideford, Devon

Family
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Tree top adventures and forest segways at Go Ape

Tree top adventures and forest segways at Go Ape

Take to the trees for breath-taking views of the Chilterns and Black Park.

Location: Wendover, Buckinghamshire

Price: From £30 per adult

Activities
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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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Cycle to Wiltshire's World Heritage Sites

Cycle to Wiltshire's World Heritage Sites

Join family run business Heritage Cycle Tours on a tour from Salisbury to Stonehenge

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

Cycling
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The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Explore hidden paths and bamboo tunnels on this aristocratic Cornwall estate.

Location: Heligan, Cornwall

Price: £11 per adult

Gardens and Parks
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Escape with the family to Shorefield Country Park

Escape with the family to Shorefield Country Park

Shorefield Country Park has been offering family holidays for 55 years from this five-star holiday park set in 100 acres of beautifully landscaped parkland.

Location: Milford-on-sea, New Forest

Price: From £99

National Parks
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Pamper yourself at the Matfen Hall Hotel

Pamper yourself at the Matfen Hall Hotel

Elegance and luxury set in 300 acres of beautiful Northumbrian countryside.

Location: Matfen, Northumberland

Price: From £99 per person per night

Spa breaks and pampering
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Rise above it all with a stay at Chewton Glen’s treehouses

Rise above it all with a stay at Chewton Glen’s treehouses

Escape to your very own luxury treehouse for panoramic views and nature at your fingertips at Chewton Glen.

Location: New Milton, Hampshire

Unique Experiences
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Explore the Hanson Way on National Cycle Route 5

Explore the Hanson Way on National Cycle Route 5

Enjoy a gentle bike ride along cycle tracks or quiet country roads in the fresh air to discover the delights of Oxford, Abingdon and Didcot.

Location: Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Cycling
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Put your cycling skills to the test at Hamsterley Forest

Put your cycling skills to the test at Hamsterley Forest

Grab your bike and take on ‘The Loop’ - a circuit which includes features such as rock gardens and obstacles along the way.

Location: Durham Dales

Cycling
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Relax in style at England’s oldest hotel

Relax in style at England’s oldest hotel

This historic hotel on the edge of the Cotswolds has been welcoming guests since 1220.

Location: Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes

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