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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Cycle the Moor Top Trail In Grizedale Forest

Cycle the Moor Top Trail In Grizedale Forest

Challenge yourself to Cycle the Moor Top Trail in Grizedale Forest offering rugged landscapes and woodland trails making for a perfect ride.

Location: Grizedale, Cumbria

Cycling
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A dog-friendly beach break

A dog-friendly beach break

Dramatic views and dog-friendly pubs in Northumberland.

Location: Bamburgh, Northumberland

Castles and Historic Properties
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Animal magic at Blackpool Zoo

Animal magic at Blackpool Zoo

Look out for the dinosaurs.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Countryside
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Trip-trap along the troll’s trail

Trip-trap along the troll’s trail

This family-friendly cycle and walking path encompasses an exciting trail of artwork, sculpture and trolls under bridges.

Location: Newport, Isle of Wight

Tours and trails
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Go ghost hunting in the garden at Tatton Park

Go ghost hunting in the garden at Tatton Park

Chase ghastly ghouls and creepy critters around the garden at Tatton Park in Knutsford. Then visit the Old Hall, the estate’s oldest and most haunted building.

Location: Knutsford, Cheshire

Gardens and Parks
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Explore Devon’s countryside on a mushroom foray

Explore Devon’s countryside on a mushroom foray

Join Riverside Cottage mushroom expert John Wright as you forage in Devon’s woodland fields to identify, gather responsibly and cook some wild fungi.

Location: Axminster, Devon

Activities
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Enjoy a family day out at Batsford Arboretum

Enjoy a family day out at Batsford Arboretum

Batsford Arboretum is home to one of the country’s largest private tree collection with 56 acres of wild gardens, paths and streams.

Location: Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

Gardens and Parks
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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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Experience pure adrenaline in the great outdoors

Experience pure adrenaline in the great outdoors

Over a third of Sheffield lies within the boundaries of the Peak District National Park, where a whole world of outdoor adventure pursuits await.

Location: Peak District, South Yorkshire

Extreme Sports
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Unleash your wild side at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park

Unleash your wild side at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park

Port Lympne is home to over 700 rare and endangered animals, including western lowland gorillas, the largest herd of black rhino in the UK and more.

Location: Lympne, Kent

Zoos, wildlife and safari parks
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Join the Bat Patrol at Cheddar Gorge

Join the Bat Patrol at Cheddar Gorge

As the sun sets, the silvery moon lights up Cheddar Gorge making it the perfect time to join a bat walk.

Location: Cheddar, Somerset

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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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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A weekend in Gloucestershire

A weekend in Gloucestershire

From Double Gloucester to Harry Potter.

Location: Gloucestershire

Countryside
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Enjoy a quintessential English wedding

Enjoy a quintessential English wedding

Experience an unforgettable day within the picturesque surrounds of the Larmer Tree Gardens

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

Wedding celebrations
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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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Explore the picturesque Mottisfont House and Garden

Explore the picturesque Mottisfont House and Garden

What’s better than a summer’s stroll amid ancient trees and rolling lawns? Enjoy the splendour of one of Hampshire’s greatest country houses –Mottisfont.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Rediscover the house that time forgot at Calke Abbey

Rediscover the house that time forgot at Calke Abbey

By their very nature gardens are emotional places and none more so than the surroundings of this once magnificent country estate.

Location: Ticknall, Derbyshire

Gardens and Parks
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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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Dartmoor Zoological Park

Dartmoor Zoological Park

Lions and tigers and meerkats; oh my!

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

National Parks
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Rushton Triangular Lodge

Rushton Triangular Lodge

This place is proof that in England you'll find architectural treasures in the most unlikely places.

Location: Kettering, Northamptonshire

Architectural wonders

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