Places to make you stop and stare

These places make your heart beat just a little faster. From delightful working harbours, to exquisite beaches, impressive gorges, rolling hills, and fascinating heathlands, we boast over 30 wildly differing landscapes which have been officially designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Walking the chalk hills of the Lincolnshire Wolds or marvelling at the wildfowl, seals and dolphins from the flats and marshes of the Solway Coast. Inhaling the aromas of the orchards and hop farms that populate stretches of the undulating Kent Downs. You will be part of living, breathing landscapes.

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Hidcote Manor Gardens

Hidcote Manor Gardens

Forget about the outside world for a few hours.

Location: Chipping Campden , Oxfordshire

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Tetbury Woolsack Race

Tetbury Woolsack Race

This is undoubtedly one of England's strangest sports, but its tradition dates back to the 17th-century.

Location: Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Budget
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Walk across 650-million-year-old rocks

Walk across 650-million-year-old rocks

The Malvern Hills is a range of ancient rocks that straddle the Herefordshire and Worcestershire border.

Location: Malvern Hills, Herefordshire

Walking and hiking
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Ride the Water Rail Way cycle route

Ride the Water Rail Way cycle route

Begin your ride in the city and then head out to the Wolds.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Low cost
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Climb Broadway Tower

Climb Broadway Tower

Have a pre-Raphaelite holiday retreat.

Location: Broadway, Worcestershire

Historic sites and icons
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Spend a day exploring the sights of Tisbury

Spend a day exploring the sights of Tisbury

With art and beauty steeped in history, Tisbury is an excellent base from which to explore Wiltshire’s countryside.

Location: Tisbury, Wiltshire

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Keep it local at the village market

Keep it local at the village market

It’s pretty as a picture in Hovingham, and prettier still on the first Saturday of each month when local growers and artisans set up stall.

Location: Hovingham, North Yorkshire

Food markets
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Take a bargain break with all the trimmings at Totland

Take a bargain break with all the trimmings at Totland

On the west coast of the Isle of Wight, YHA Totland has the beach, heaps of countryside walks and great local attractions on its doorstep.

Location: Totland, Isle of Wight

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Explore Orford Ness

Explore Orford Ness

A strange and secretive past in Suffolk.

Location: Orford, Suffolk

Military history
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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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Kelling Heath Holiday Park

Kelling Heath Holiday Park

Set amongst 250 acres of woodland overlooking the North Norfolk coastline.

Location: Kelling Heath, Norfolk

Picturesque places
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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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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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Seek out wild garlic flowers amongst Gloucestershire’s woodland

Seek out wild garlic flowers amongst Gloucestershire’s woodland

Wild garlic flowers are pretty little things to spot on a summer’s ramble in the Cotswolds, and make for a delicious addition to your salad bowl.

Location: The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire

Picturesque places
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See gushing ghylls and towering torrents in Cumbria

See gushing ghylls and towering torrents in Cumbria

Don’t miss a trip to the Lake District to see fabulous streams and waterfalls set against a backdrop of stunning scenery.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

Forests and woodlands
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A taste of farmhouse luxury in Kent

A taste of farmhouse luxury in Kent

Luxury accommodation at Alkham Court with four individually styled bedrooms, each with their own charm.

Location: Nr Dover, Kent

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Have a picnic in Cardingmill Valley

Have a picnic in Cardingmill Valley

Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd offer breathtaking views across Shropshire but watch out for the sheep.

Location: Church Stretton, Shropshire

Activities
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Dorset's Knoll House

Dorset's Knoll House

Stunning views and epic afternoon teas in Dorset.

Location: Studland Bay, Dorset

Coast
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Cawsand

Cawsand

This peaceful village used to be a hotbed for smugglers.

Location: Cawsand, Cornwall

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Experience a luxury break at Four Pillars Hotels

Experience a luxury break at Four Pillars Hotels

With great locations and leisure facilities, Four Pillars gives a choice of six hotels perfect for short breaks and family holidays.

Location: Cotswolds, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire

Price: From £34.50 per person, per night

Areas of outstanding natural beauty

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