Countryside

Rural retreats

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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Explore the Forge Valley

Explore the Forge Valley

A walk through 165 million years of history.

Location: Forge Valley, North Yorkshire 

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Spy on endangered wildfowl at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Spy on endangered wildfowl at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Visit Rutland Water's internationally famous wildfowl sanctuary, covering 1,000 acres of bird hides, nature trails and visitor centres.

Location: Rutland Water, Rutland

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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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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Sizergh Castle and Garden

Sizergh Castle and Garden

An imposing Cumbrian castle boasting an award-winning rock garden.

Location: Kendal, Cumbria

Castles and Historic Properties
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Boots on the ground in the North York Moors

Boots on the ground in the North York Moors

The North York Moors National Park hosts its first ever walking festival over the spring bank holiday weekend in May.

Location: Goathland, North Yorkshire

National Parks
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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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Discover a wealth of maritime history in King’s Lynn

Discover a wealth of maritime history in King’s Lynn

Trace the maritime trail through the ancient streets to the historic quayside and immerse yourself in 900 years of seafaring history.

Location: King's Lynn, Norfolk

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Exploring Cheshire’s Peak District

Exploring Cheshire’s Peak District

Spend the weekend together biking along beautiful canals, find your spiritual awaking, and reach for the Cloud.

Location: Peak District, Cheshire

Walking and hiking
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Hangers Way

Hangers Way

Walking route for history buffs along the steep, densely wooded East Hampshire Hangers.

Location: Alton, Hampshire

Archaeological sites
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Ride and seek on a summer holiday in Nottinghamshire

Ride and seek on a summer holiday in Nottinghamshire

Get off the beaten track and discover the woods and wilds of Nottinghamshire with an adventure holiday on two wheels.

Location: Worksop, Nottinghamshire

Forests and woodlands
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Peace and quiet at Belgrave Hall and Gardens

Peace and quiet at Belgrave Hall and Gardens

Belgrave Hall was built in the early 18th century, in what was then a small village three miles from the town of Leicester.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Soak up spectacular sights and sounds at Castle Howard

Soak up spectacular sights and sounds at Castle Howard

Be wowed by one of the best events in August, as fireworks light up the Howardian Hills at The Castle Howard Proms Spectacular.

Location: Malton, North Yorkshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Lunch with the deer at Bradgate Park

Lunch with the deer at Bradgate Park

If you’d like a little history with your sandwiches then take your picnic to Bradgate Park, a medieval park where herds of red and fallow deer still roam.

Location: Newtown Linford, Leicestershire

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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Explore an oasis of horticultural splendour

Explore an oasis of horticultural splendour

Colchester's distinctive heritage comes to life at Castle Park. This site of national importance contains evidence of 2000 years of history.

Location: Colchester, Essex

Castles and Historic Properties
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View from Stanage Edge

View from Stanage Edge

This is the English landscape at its empty best.

Location: Derbyshire

Free
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Explore an oasis of beautiful gardens and outdoor art

Explore an oasis of beautiful gardens and outdoor art

Sculpture by the Lakes at Pallington Lakes aims to enhance nature’s beauty with gorgeous art, all set in acres of glorious Dorset countryside.

Location: Dorchester, Dorset

Gardens and Parks
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Camping with a touch of class in Sussex

Camping with a touch of class in Sussex

For those who like the outdoors but also like a solid roof over their heads, then Housedean Farm’s Shepherds Hut offers camping without the canvas.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Budget
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Castles, keeps and country retreats

Castles, keeps and country retreats

Explore the keep and ramparts of a 12th century castle, and the ornate interiors and gardens of Houghton Hall and Sandringham House.

Location: King's Lynn, Norfolk

Castles and Historic Properties
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Explore world-famous gardens at Levens Hall

Explore world-famous gardens at Levens Hall

Discover the Elizabethan house and world-famous gardens, a place of discovery, a place to drink in its rich history, a place that all ages enjoy.

Location: Kendal, Cumbria

Castles and Historic Properties
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Wander Lonely as a Cloud around Ullswater

Wander Lonely as a Cloud around Ullswater

Take a trip to Ullswater and enjoy the fabulous lake and the crowd of golden daffodils which inspired the poet William Wordsworth.

Location: Ullswater, Cumbria

Walking and hiking

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