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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Helvellyn Peak

Helvellyn Peak

Climb the third highest peak in Britain and be rewarded with spectecular views of the Lake District.

Location: Helvellyn, Cumbria

Low cost
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Fish N chips in Aldeburgh

Fish N chips in Aldeburgh

Crisp golden batter, flaky white fish and fresh chunky chips doused in salt and vinegar.

Location: Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Low cost
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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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Snowshill Manor

Snowshill Manor

From suits of Samurai armour to antique bicycles of all shapes and sizes, there are about 22,000 reasons to take a nose round Snowshill Manor.

Location: Snowshill, Gloucestershire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Pencarrow House

Pencarrow House

Forget painfully preserved rooms cordoned off behind scarlet ropes, this is a bona fide family home.

Location: Bodmin, Cornwall

Gardens and Parks
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Walk among the mass of colours at Bowood's gardens

Walk among the mass of colours at Bowood's gardens

Bowood House offers vistas of colour and beauty covering over 60 acres.

Location: Chippenham, Wiltshire

Walking and hiking
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Take a cruise on the Grand Union Canal

Take a cruise on the Grand Union Canal

Get on-board for a leisurely cruise into the heart of the Chiltern Hills, enjoying impressive views of the Buckinghamshire countryside.

Location: Pitstone, Buckinghamshire

Boating
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Beware the boggles at Boggle Hole

Beware the boggles at Boggle Hole

Goblins, boggles, bogarts, hobs – call them what you will, they make their home in the caves and coves near the fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay.

Location: Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire

Myths, Legends and Tales
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Explore Gibberd Garden’s sculpture trail & 7 acre garden

Explore Gibberd Garden’s sculpture trail & 7 acre garden

The Gibberd Garden was designed by an uncompromising modern architect, and has been conserved just as he left it – tranquil, artful and beautiful.

Location: Harlow, Essex

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Elegance and nature at University of Leicester’s Botanic Garden

Elegance and nature at University of Leicester’s Botanic Garden

See how The University of Leicester’s Botanic Garden enhances the beauty of an already breath-taking place, with its annual ‘Sculpture in the Garden’ exhibition.

Location: Oadby, Leicestershire

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Free your spirit along the Dorset coast

Free your spirit along the Dorset coast

Experience Purbeck’s surf and turf by learning to sail or horse ride through the waves.

Location: Studland, Dorset

Watersports
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Experience wine-making the way it always was

Experience wine-making the way it always was

Enjoy an organic tipple among the vines of an English country gem.

Location: Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire

Countryside
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Follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter & Cranford in Lacock

Follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter & Cranford in Lacock

Wonder around the medieval village of Lacock and see why this village has been used for many a movie scene…

Location: Lacock, Wiltshire

Literature, film and TV
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Enjoy a touch of class in a riverside Cotswold inn

Enjoy a touch of class in a riverside Cotswold inn

The kind of place you dream of but seldom find – an old stone inn, full of charm and history, in the beautiful Cotswold village of Burford.

Location: Burford, Oxfordshire

Lifestyle
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Enjoy a romantic escape in Shakespeare’s England

Enjoy a romantic escape in Shakespeare’s England

Shakespeare’s England, home to Romeo and Juliet - the greatest love story of all time, is the perfect place for a romantic escape.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Visit Brockholes Nature Reserve’s unique floating visitor centre

Visit Brockholes Nature Reserve’s unique floating visitor centre

Everyone is welcome at Brockholes, near Preston. Whether you’re a naturalist or a beginner, there’s something for you to enjoy and lots of chances for you to get close to nature.

Location: Preston, Lancashire

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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Enjoy the outdoors and its culinary delights at Talton Lodge

Enjoy the outdoors and its culinary delights at Talton Lodge

Surely there’s nowhere other than Talton Lodge where you could combine canoeing, Tug O’ War and sausage-making courses?

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Activities
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Enjoy an exhilarating white water adventure on the river Wye

Enjoy an exhilarating white water adventure on the river Wye

Paddle one of the most idyllic rivers in the country, with fast rapid waters that are guaranteed to excite experienced water enthusiasts.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Watersports
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Spend an afternoon in the gardens of The Fishes pub

Spend an afternoon in the gardens of The Fishes pub

Eat away the afternoon at the Fishes, a serious gastropub with beautiful views in the Oxfordshire countryside.

Location: North Hinksey, Oxford

Heritage
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Follow themed trails through Haldon Forest Park

Follow themed trails through Haldon Forest Park

Walk, cycle, horse ride, segway or Go Ape at Haldon Forest Park near Exeter.

Location: Exeter, Devon

Walking and hiking

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