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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Take a stroll past the castle ruins

Take a stroll past the castle ruins

Take the rural path along the Peddars Way, and on to the tranquil Nar Valley Way to witness the spectacular 12th century Castle Acre Priory ruins on foot.

Location: King's Lynn, Norfolk

Coastal towns
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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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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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Dine alfresco in the walled gardens at historic Swinton Park

Dine alfresco in the walled gardens at historic Swinton Park

The restored walled garden at historic Swinton Park is a delightful spot for lunch in the open-air.

Location: Ripon, North Yorkshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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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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Forage tasty mushrooms for your dinner at Fungi Foray

Forage tasty mushrooms for your dinner at Fungi Foray

Get an insight into the wonderful world of mushrooms, and find out what you can pick, and what you should avoid.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

Forests and woodlands
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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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A day to remember at Britain’s tallest Tudor Gatehouse

A day to remember at Britain’s tallest Tudor Gatehouse

Layer Marney Tower stands within the Essex landscape, commanding views to the River Blackwater and beyond.

Location: Layer Marney near Colchester, Essex

Wedding celebrations
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Visit the oldest recorded battlefield in Britain

Visit the oldest recorded battlefield in Britain

Viking raiders used Northey Island as a base during the Battle of Maldon in AD991. Today it’s a lot more tranquil...

Location: Northey Island, Essex

Military history
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Explore a living canal village

Explore a living canal village

The Grand Union Canal at Stoke Bruerne is like an outdoor museum with historic canal features to explore.

Location: Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire

Lakes and waterways
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Drink where the Black Prince once dined at the Maids Head

Drink where the Black Prince once dined at the Maids Head

With its origins as a guest house built by the early Bishops of Norwich, the Maids Head has been welcoming guests for more than 900 years.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

Pubs and cocktail bars
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A luxury stay at Kesgrave Hall

A luxury stay at Kesgrave Hall

Treat yourself to a stay at Kesgrave Hall, a boutique hotel housed in a Georgian building just outside Ipswich.

Location: Kesgrave, Suffolk

Picturesque places
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Taste ice cream straight from the farm

Taste ice cream straight from the farm

Savour the delights of ice cream straight from the farm, in the pretty rural Nottinghamshire countryside.

Location: Southwell, Nottinghamshire

Regional specialities
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Get crafty using old skills at Ryedale Folk Museum

Get crafty using old skills at Ryedale Folk Museum

With 20 heritage buildings, centuries of history, and 40,000 objects and antiques, this celebrated open-air museum is just the place to get crafty.

Location: Hutton-le-Hole, North Yorkshire

Courses, Learning and Self-Improvement
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Shop for antiques in a charming market town

Shop for antiques in a charming market town

Thanks to pretty market towns like Oakham and Uppingham, England’s smallest historic county is spoilt with independent boutiques and antique shops.

Location: Rutland

Shopping and fashion
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Holiday in a treehouse

Holiday in a treehouse

If you are looking for an adventurous escape with no compromise in comfort then it’s time you took to the trees.

Location: Wootton, Isle of Wight

Unique Experiences
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Try some luxury without all the fuss at Dormy House

Try some luxury without all the fuss at Dormy House

Try some luxury without all the fuss at Dormy House.

Location: Broadway, Worcestershire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Take a trip to Ludlow Food Centre

Take a trip to Ludlow Food Centre

A farm shop like no other, Ludlow Food Centre is situated in Shropshire’s gastronomic capital of Ludlow.

Location: Ludlow, Shropshire

Regional specialities
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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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Take a relaxing boat ride along the River Avon

Take a relaxing boat ride along the River Avon

Enjoy the tranquil waters of the River Avon by boat, as many have been doing for over 100 years.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Boating

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