The getaway not faraway

Room to breathe. Whether soaking up the scenery or walking a long-distance footpath, the English countryside summer soothes the soul. It’s the chance to see how the land lies and admire the view. The cobwebs get blown away on walks across wild windswept moors and heather-clad hills. Weekends spent clambering round castles or hidden coves, pottering in antique shops and village tea rooms, or dipping into farmers’ markets and trying local produce. Then it’s time to rest those bones with a well-earned pint in hand. Just a stone’s throw away, yet a world apart, there are so many recuperating things to do in the countryside. We can stand and stare, listen to the silence. And relax.

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Eat and drink by the riverside, at The Trout pub, Wolvercote

Eat and drink by the riverside, at The Trout pub, Wolvercote

Sample local Oxfordshire food at this famously good pub on the banks of the River Thames.

Location: Wolvercote, Oxford

Culture
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Discover wildlife and the history of Derwent Reservoir

Discover wildlife and the history of Derwent Reservoir

Spot red squirrels, adders and bog plants at Derwent Reservoir and Pow Hill Country Park in the Durham Dales.

Location: Durham Dales

Walking and hiking
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Enjoy a relaxing stay at The Swan at Lavenham

Enjoy a relaxing stay at The Swan at Lavenham

A stunning 15th century, 4 star hotel and 2 rosette award restaurant steeped in history.

Location: Lavenham, Suffolk

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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A thrilling day at the Chester Races

A thrilling day at the Chester Races

You can’t beat a fantastic day at the races, so get dressed up and pick up your race card for a day of fun and socialising.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

Sporting Events
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Spend the day playing at Lyme Park, House and Garden

Spend the day playing at Lyme Park, House and Garden

Get transported back to Edwardian times, at the mansion and extensive grounds of Lyme Park.

Location: Disley, Cheshire

Picturesque places
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Zoom around the forest in a funky electric Twizy

Zoom around the forest in a funky electric Twizy

Fun and surprisingly nippy, two-seater electric vehicles – Twizys – are an unusual way to enjoy the forest and care for the environment.

Location: Brockenhurst, Hampshire

Forests and woodlands
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Frolic in Rutland Water's magical outdoor playground

Frolic in Rutland Water's magical outdoor playground

Rutland Water, one of Europe’s largest man-made lakes, is set in over 4,200 acres of stunning countryside, offering you a great getaway experience.

Location: Rutland Water, Rutland

Boating
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Spot over 100 varieties of rhubarb at Clumber Park

Spot over 100 varieties of rhubarb at Clumber Park

The Victorian walled kitchen garden in Clumber Park is full of surprises.

Location: Worksop, Nottinghamshire

Gardens and Parks
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Keeping it in the family at Castle Howard

Keeping it in the family at Castle Howard

The Howard family has called Castle Howard home for 300 years but their house is your house as you explore one of Yorkshire’s finest historic estates.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Lose yourself in the Allen Valleys

Lose yourself in the Allen Valleys

The Allen Valleys are a nationally protected landscape steeped in history, rich in wildlife, local traditions and culture and a hotspot for artists.

Location: Allendale, Northumberland

Forests and woodlands
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Drink real ales at The Castle Hotel

Drink real ales at The Castle Hotel

Try your hand at Shove ha’penny, bar billiards and sample some really fine real ale in Shropshire’s brewing capital.

Location: Bishop's Castle, Shropshire

Regional specialities
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Go to the oldest brewery in Shropshire

Go to the oldest brewery in Shropshire

Bishop’s Castle is home to the Three Tuns Brewery, the oldest brewery still in operation in the country.

Location: Bishop's Castle, Shropshire

Breweries and distilleries
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Stop for afternoon tea at The Meadowside Farm Café

Stop for afternoon tea at The Meadowside Farm Café

Grab a bite to eat at this café in rural Frome, famous for its breakfasts, brunches and excellent afternoon teas.

Location: Frome, Somerset

Food and Drink
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Sailing on The Broads

Sailing on The Broads

The Norfolk Broads offer endless miles of lock-free cruising on shallow lakes and rivers.

Location: The Broads, Norfolk

Activities
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Take a boat along the canals of Cheshire

Take a boat along the canals of Cheshire

Spend a week cruising along the canals of Cheshire. Hire a narrow boat and meander along the Cheshire Ring, taking in the beauty of the countryside.

Location: Macclesfield, Cheshire

Boating
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Spend a day exploring the sights in the Wiltshire Cotswolds

Spend a day exploring the sights in the Wiltshire Cotswolds

In the north west of Wiltshire, the Cotswolds encompasses the honey-pot village of Castle Combe and the picturesque market town of Malmesbury.

Location: Wiltshire Cotswolds, Wiltshire

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Luxury camping in idyllic North Yorkshire

Luxury camping in idyllic North Yorkshire

Enjoy the great outdoors in style at this luxury campsite where life is particularly good.

Location: Buttercrambe Moor Wood, near Stamford Bridge, Yorkshire

Forests and woodlands
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Breeze up to the Downs

Breeze up to the Downs

The stunning South Downs countryside is just a short bus ride away from the centre of Brighton.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Walking and hiking
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Relax in Trelissick Gardens

Relax in Trelissick Gardens

Okay, so you’ve strolled along the beach and had a couple of surf lessons, what else is there to do in Cornwall?

Location: Truro, Cornwall

Gardens and Parks
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Underground & over ground adventures at Go Ape

Underground & over ground adventures at Go Ape

Release your Tarzan and journey to the centre of the earth on an epic double adventure in Derbyshire’s beautiful Buxton.

Location: Buxton, Derbyshire

Forests and woodlands

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