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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Reconnect with nature at Dunwich Heath

Reconnect with nature at Dunwich Heath

Tucked away on the coast, Dunwich Heath is one of the more remote and dramatically beautiful parts of Suffolk.

Location: Dunwich , Suffolk

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Gaze at the night skies at Kielder

Gaze at the night skies at Kielder

Kielder Water & Forest Park brings nature on a grander scale. The views are bigger, the night sky brighter, the sports wilder and the smiles wider.

Location: Kielder, Northumberland

National Parks
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Enjoy a gourmet taste of Leicestershire

Enjoy a gourmet taste of Leicestershire

Literally meaning ‘beautiful view’, the Vale of Belvoir and Melton Mowbray offer the perfect romantic or countryside getaway for foodies.

Location: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Regional specialities
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Don’t be afraid to make a splash at Cotswold Water Park

Don’t be afraid to make a splash at Cotswold Water Park

Cotswold Water Park has more than 150 lakes to choose from – offering all kinds of watersports. Take your pick!

Location: The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire

Picturesque places
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Say I do in Sherwood Forest

Say I do in Sherwood Forest

Tie the knot within Robin Hood's magical forest...

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Forests and woodlands
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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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Enjoy a tranquil break in a renovated railway carriage

Enjoy a tranquil break in a renovated railway carriage

Stay in your own 1st Class carriage at Coalport Station in the stunning Ironbridge Gorge.

Location: Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Camp at Rocks East Woodland

Camp at Rocks East Woodland

Hone your survival skills in a stunning West country setting.

Location: Chippenham, Wiltshire

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Stop by the White Hart country pub for a spot of lunch

Stop by the White Hart country pub for a spot of lunch

Get a taste of good homemade food and immerse yourself in local life at the historic White Hart pub.

Location: Frome, Somerset

Food and Drink
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Explore Woodbridge Tide Mill

Explore Woodbridge Tide Mill

Fans of focaccia and sough dough loaves, this one’s for you. Pop by The Tide Mill to discover a fascinating aspect of Woodbridge’s history: bread.

Location: Woodbridge, Suffolk

Historic sites and icons
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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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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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Sample Melton's local produce at rural markets

Sample Melton's local produce at rural markets

Discover the market town of Melton Mowbray, close to the Vale of Belvoir, which translated means ‘beautiful view’.

Location: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Food markets
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Explore the quintessential English garden of Pashley Manor

Explore the quintessential English garden of Pashley Manor

Pashley Manor is the very essence of an English garden, and is set in a well-wooded park with superb views over the surrounding countryside.

Location: Wadhurst, East Sussex

Gardens and Parks
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Visit top chef Tom Kerridge’s Michelin pub in Marlow

Visit top chef Tom Kerridge’s Michelin pub in Marlow

Located in the charming Georgian town of Marlow, the Michelin starred Hand and Flowers is all about great food in luxurious surroundings.

Location: Marlow, Buckinghamshire

Eating out
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A camping getaway in the idyllic Hertfordshire countryside

A camping getaway in the idyllic Hertfordshire countryside

Enjoy the great outdoors at Lee Valley Caravan Park, Dobbs Weir - a campsite nestled in an idyllic and tranquil spot in the Hertfordshire countryside.

Location: Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire

Forests and woodlands
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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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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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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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Glastonbury

Glastonbury

This rather pretty west country town is steeped in myth and legend.

Location: Glastonbury, Somerset

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