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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Lose yourself on the Monsal Trail

Lose yourself on the Monsal Trail

Experience the countryside like never before as you cycle or walk within the heart of the spectacular Peak District National Park.

Location: Hassop, Derbyshire

Walking and hiking
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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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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 fine art in the Durham countryside at The Bowes Museum

Discover fine art in the Durham countryside at The Bowes Museum

Discover internationally significant collections of art at a magnificent French-style château nestled amongst the breathtaking countryside of the Durham Dales.

Location: Durham Dales

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Enjoy a family day out at Wentworth Castle & Gardens

Enjoy a family day out at Wentworth Castle & Gardens

Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Park houses some of the earliest gothic follies in the country.

Location: Barnsley, South Yorkshire

Gardens and Parks
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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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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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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 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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Stay in an eco-lodge at Somerleyton Estate

Stay in an eco-lodge at Somerleyton Estate

Wake up surrounded by nature in an eco-lodge on the banks of tranquil Fritton Lake.

Location: Lowestoft, Suffolk

Unique Experiences
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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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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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Enjoy some Cumbrian produce in Ambleside

Enjoy some Cumbrian produce in Ambleside

Foodies will love sampling the finest local Cumbrian produce, fell bred beef, Herdwick lamb, fresh seafood and fresh water fish, cheeses and breads in Ambleside.

Location: Ambleside, Cumbria

Regional specialities
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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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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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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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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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Spot the wildlife on a family bike ride in Hamsterley Forest

Spot the wildlife on a family bike ride in Hamsterley Forest

Explore the forest on a fun family bike ride, and see if you can spot the grey squirrels.

Location: Durham Dales

Cycling
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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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Enjoy a relaxing country escape at Billesley Manor Hotel

Enjoy a relaxing country escape at Billesley Manor Hotel

Enjoy England’s beautiful countryside at its rural best, along with great hospitality at Billesley Manor.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes

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