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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See rare birds at Londesborough

See rare birds at Londesborough

Londesborough Park offers the ideal setting to spot Red Kites flying gracefully above the Yorkshire Wolds.

Location: Londesborough, East Riding of Yorkshire

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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Give your tastebuds a feast with L’Enclume in Cumbria

Give your tastebuds a feast with L’Enclume in Cumbria

Don’t miss a visit to Simon Rogan’s signature restaurant L’Enclume, set in the genteel mediaeval village of Cartmel.

Location: Cartmel, Cumbria

Romance
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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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Paint your masterpiece amid the glorious Yorkshire Dales

Paint your masterpiece amid the glorious Yorkshire Dales

Get creative at this painters’ paradise – there’s no place quite like it.

Location: Settle, North Yorkshire

National Parks
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Take on the challenging Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail

Take on the challenging Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail

Follow in the footsteps of an Emperor along the Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail.

Location: Wallsend, Tyne and Wear

World heritage sites
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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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Stay in a luxury country house at Lime Wood Hotel

Stay in a luxury country house at Lime Wood Hotel

Bed down in one of the luxury rooms and sample the excellent local food at this quirky, luxury hotel and restaurant.

Location: Lyndhurst, Hampshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Underground Choir Singing

Underground Choir Singing

Inside Britain's largest natural cave entrance.

Location: Castleton, Derbyshire

Going underground
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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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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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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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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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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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Get to the heart of the crafty Cotswolds

Get to the heart of the crafty Cotswolds

Allow yourself to be dazzled – and perhaps, learn to dazzle yourself – at a place where art comes to life.

Location: Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Culture
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Enjoy scenic holiday routes in style with a Morgan car

Enjoy scenic holiday routes in style with a Morgan car

Hire a Morgan Motor Car from the original Morgan factory which still produces British cars in Malvern Link over 100 years since production began.

Location: Malvern, Worcestershire

Unique Experiences
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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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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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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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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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Sample seasonal flavours with a taste of fine local cuisine

Sample seasonal flavours with a taste of fine local cuisine

In Rutland good food is a real passion and the county is widely regarded for its range of quality pubs and restaurants.

Location: Rutland

Eating out

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