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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Explore Delamere Forest

Explore Delamere Forest

With its huge ancient trees and unspoilt wetland, Delamere Forest has a little bit of Canada about it. Sure the wildlife may not be quite so exotic, but you’ll get the same satisfying sense of escape – if you know where to go.

Location: Northwich, Cheshire

Forests and woodlands
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Travel across Hampshire’s countryside on the Watercress Line

Travel across Hampshire’s countryside on the Watercress Line

Witness the sights, sounds, smells and magic of steam travel from a bygone age and journey through Hampshire’s countryside on a restored steam train.

Location: Alresford, Hampshire

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See flowers in bloom at Jessamine Cottage Gardens

See flowers in bloom at Jessamine Cottage Gardens

Jessamine Garden is a taste of New Zealand country gardens brought right to the heart of rural Shropshire.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Gardens and Parks
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Walking in the Cotswolds

Walking in the Cotswolds

Join a walking route from Bourton-on-the-Water to the Slaughters.

Location: Oxfordshire

Low cost
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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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Wild camping on Dartmoor

Wild camping on Dartmoor

A perfect opportunity for that re-connection with nature.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

Countryside
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Enjoy a picnic, zoo & make pottery at Walton Hall & Gardens

Enjoy a picnic, zoo & make pottery at Walton Hall & Gardens

Spend the day enjoying the gardens, testing your golf skills and entertaining the kids at Walton Hall and Gardens.

Location: Warrington, Cheshire

Gardens and Parks
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Walk barefoot through The National Forest at CONKERS

Walk barefoot through The National Forest at CONKERS

England’s woodland has always teemed with activity, and you’ll find more than enough at CONKERS.

Location: Swadlincote, Derbyshire

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Uncover a political scandal at Cliveden House

Uncover a political scandal at Cliveden House

Pay a visit to the stately home in Buckinghamshire where John Profumo met Christine Keeler.

Location: Taplow, Buckinghamshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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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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Take on the challenge of the Go Ape! Tree Top Adventure

Take on the challenge of the Go Ape! Tree Top Adventure

Enjoy fun and adventure in the trees, taking on epic zip wires, Tarzan swings, rope ladders and a variety of obstacles.

Location: Wendover, Buckinghamshire

Extreme Sports
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Hop over stepping stones across the River Dore at Dovedale

Hop over stepping stones across the River Dore at Dovedale

Follow an easy walking route through Ilam Park and into the spectacular gorge of Dovedale in the southern Peak District.

Location: Ilam, Derbyshire

Countryside
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Explore the Lake District

Explore the Lake District

Discover the 200 fells, pikes and dales of the Lakes in a vintage camper van.

Location: Cumbria

National Parks
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Take the Greenway

Take the Greenway

Walk along the Stratford Greenway (a disused railway line) and take in the Warwickshire scenery.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Free
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Walk along the riverside & picnic on top of Penshaw Hill

Walk along the riverside & picnic on top of Penshaw Hill

Washington is home to acres of beautiful green spaces, from sheltered woodland, open fields, riverside landscapes; all laden with walk and cycle ways.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Walking and hiking
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Spot the wildlife on a family bike ride in Hamsterley Forest

Spot the wildlife on a family bike ride in Hamsterley Forest

Explore the forest on a fun family bike ride, and see if you can spot the grey squirrels.

Location: Durham Dales

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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Book a magical Christmas break at Center Parcs

Book a magical Christmas break at Center Parcs

With plenty of fun-filled activities in store, youngsters and their families can have a magical Christmas at Center Parcs in Sherwood Forest.

Location: Rufford, Nottinghamshire

Family
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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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Cycle Through Time

Cycle Through Time

Explore the extensive grounds of Norfolk's fabulous Blickling Estate on two wheels.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

Castles and Historic Properties

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