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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Discover beautiful blooms at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Discover beautiful blooms at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Amazing azaleas, beautiful bluebells and magnificent magnolias – you will lose yourself within 180 acres of gardening wonderland.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

Gardens and Parks
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Potholing and Caving

Potholing and Caving

An underground Yorkshire adventure

Location: North Yorkshire

Activities
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Enjoy the sights of picture perfect villages by bike

Enjoy the sights of picture perfect villages by bike

Cycle through the picturesque villages of Coggeshall, Finchingfield and The Hedinghams taking in their historical sights.

Location: Coggeshall, Essex

Cycling
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Peak District Mining Museum

Peak District Mining Museum

Discover the cramped and hazardous world of a Derbyshire lead miner.

Location: Matlock, Derbyshire

Going underground
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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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Take to the slopes in Dorset

Take to the slopes in Dorset

The Snowtrax alpine activity centre will transport you to the mountains for the day.

Location: Christchurch, Dorset

Forests and woodlands
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Enjoy romantic cathedral views in Salisbury

Enjoy romantic cathedral views in Salisbury

Relax on a break at the Legacy Rose & Crown Hotel set in a peaceful riverside garden with stunning views overlooking Salisbury Cathedral.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Enjoy a ride on the Great Western Railway

Enjoy a ride on the Great Western Railway

Enjoy a trip to the Great Western Railway, whose magnificent restored engines will take you steaming through most of the Oxfordshire countryside.

Location: Didcot, Oxfordshire

Attractions
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Delve into the dark history of Hexham Old Gaol

Delve into the dark history of Hexham Old Gaol

If the kids start misbehave, why not 'treat' them to a trip to gaol. Hexham Old Gaol was built in 1330 and is England's oldest purpose-built prison.

Location: Hexham, Northumberland

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Visit Stonehenge

Visit Stonehenge

Some 5,000 years old, and partially constructed from rare bluestones found 160 miles away.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

Myths, Legends and Tales
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Fly a Falcon

Fly a Falcon

Get up close and personal with birds of prey.

Location: Simonburn, Northumberland

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Enjoy a romantic escape at Overwater Hall

Enjoy a romantic escape at Overwater Hall

An elegant 18th century country house hotel within the Lake District.

Location: Ireby, Cumbria

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Step back in time and enjoy a historic bike ride in Durham

Step back in time and enjoy a historic bike ride in Durham

Enjoy fascinating views, spot rare wildlife and discover Durham’s fascinating railway heritage as you cycle the Waskerley Way railway path.

Location: Durham

Budget
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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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Spot rare plants and wildlife on the Durham Heritage Coast

Spot rare plants and wildlife on the Durham Heritage Coast

Explore the colourful and dramatic landscape of the Durham Heritage Coast with its beaches, rugged cliffs and imposing headlands.

Location: Durham Coast

Beaches
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Enjoy a family day out at Wentworth Castle & Gardens

Enjoy a family day out at Wentworth Castle & Gardens

Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Park houses some of the earliest gothic follies in the country.

Location: Barnsley, South Yorkshire

Gardens and Parks
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Watch Falcons in flight at the Yorkshire Dales Falconry Centre

Watch Falcons in flight at the Yorkshire Dales Falconry Centre

Get up-close and personal with some formidable feathered predators.

Location: Settle, North Yorkshire

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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Quintessential English luxury at Danesfield House Hotel

Quintessential English luxury at Danesfield House Hotel

Enjoy a stay at a peaceful country house in an idyllic setting where Danish adventurers once made an encampment.

Location: Marlow-on Thames, Buckinghamshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Stay in a luxury country house at Lime Wood Hotel

Stay in a luxury country house at Lime Wood Hotel

Bed down in one of the luxury rooms and sample the excellent local food at this quirky, luxury hotel and restaurant.

Location: Lyndhurst, Hampshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Electric Eel on The Broads

Electric Eel on The Broads

Explore nature reserves on the Norfolk Broads.

Location: Ludham, Norfolk

Lakes and waterways

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