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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Star gazing like a Roman at Cawfields Roman Wall

Star gazing like a Roman at Cawfields Roman Wall

Built in AD122 Hadrian’s Wall was once the largest frontier in the Roman Empire and remained that way for 300 years.

Location: Haltwhistle, Northumberland

Historic sites and icons
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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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Discover a vibrant arts scene within the Forest of Dean

Discover a vibrant arts scene within the Forest of Dean

Discover a cultural scene that really breathes life in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Climb trees in the Stourhead estate

Climb trees in the Stourhead estate

Join qualified tree-climbers for an exciting tree-top adventure.

Location: Stourton, Wiltshire

Activities
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Coleton Fishacre

Coleton Fishacre

A 1920s Art Deco house and garden in the beautiful Devon countryside.

Location: Kingswear, Devon

Countryside
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Enjoy country-chic style at No1 Silverbank

Enjoy country-chic style at No1 Silverbank

It’s a bit of an understatement to call No1 Silverbank a cottage. Yes, it has exposed beams, a log fire and a pretty garden filled with perennials – but that’s only half the story.

Location: Coniston, Cumbria

Picturesque places
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Go shopping for retro clothes on a Cotswolds vintage tour

Go shopping for retro clothes on a Cotswolds vintage tour

Visit the Cotswolds and discover vintage treasures on a carefully designed retro-themed driving tour.

Location: Tewkesbury or Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

Unique Experiences
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Get your party shoes on at Askham Hall

Get your party shoes on at Askham Hall

A luxurious, intimate, unpretentious home from home which is up-to-date, full of charm and somewhere you can kick off your wellies at the front door.

Location: Penrith, Cumbria

Wedding celebrations
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The Feathered Nest Country Inn

The Feathered Nest Country Inn

The Feathered Nest Country Inn is a 3 AA Rosette modern British country pub, restaurant and inn set in the picturesque village of Nether Westcote.

Location: Nether Westcote, Oxfordshire

Eating out
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Gastro glamping at the foot of Belvoir Castle

Gastro glamping at the foot of Belvoir Castle

Pronounced ‘beaver’ by locals and literally meaning ‘beautiful view’, the Vale of Belvoir offers the perfect place to hideaway.

Location: Near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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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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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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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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Beckford's Tower

Beckford's Tower

Climb the 154-step spiral staircase within the walls of this gild-topped tower.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Architectural wonders
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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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See the light at the end of the tunnel

See the light at the end of the tunnel

Standedge Tunnel, in the heart of the Pennine countryside, is the longest canal tunnel in Britain - the setting for a great experience in the Yorkshire Peak District.

Location: Marsden, Yorkshire

Boating
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Discover medieval walled gardens at Raby Castle

Discover medieval walled gardens at Raby Castle

Visit one of England’s finest medieval castles, and explore the medieval walled gardens and 200 acre deer park.

Location: Durham Dales

Castles and Historic Properties
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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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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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Take in the sights on the Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail

Take in the sights on the Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail

Stretch those legs on this picturesque countryside walk along the historic sights of Hadrian’s Wall.

Location: Housesteads, Northumberland

Archaeological sites

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