Countryside

Rural retreats

Both genteel and wild, there’s nothing quite like the English countryside for rural escapes with its patchwork hills, dramatic dales, ancient woodlands and winding country roads. All well and good, but what is there to do in England’s countryside exactly? Quite a lot, actually. Admire the grand interiors of a stately home before catching a play in the surrounding gardens, travel back in time with visits to ancient stone circles and crumbling castles, or step into a chocolate box of quaint villages and market towns and live like a local, trying farmhouse cheeses, cream teas and real ales along the way.

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Set off on an electric bike adventure around the Durham Dales

Set off on an electric bike adventure around the Durham Dales

Leave the car behind and head off on an electric bike to explore the breath-taking North Pennines, discovering award-winning attractions and delicious food and drink along the way.

Location: Durham Dales

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Live the high life in Cheshire’s villages

Live the high life in Cheshire’s villages

With high-end boutiques, swanky eateries and millionaire footballers, Cheshire’s ‘Golden Triangle’ brings exclusive city treats to the countryside.

Location: Cheshire

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Ice-cream galore at The Ice Cream Farm

Ice-cream galore at The Ice Cream Farm

Kids are kept happy with more than 40 delicious flavours of ice creams, an outdoor play area, farm, quad bikes, mini golf and more...

Location: Tattenhall, Cheshire

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Enjoy a cosy festive getaway at Tudor Farmhouse

Enjoy a cosy festive getaway at Tudor Farmhouse

Tudor Farmhouse is a rural retreat with boutique bedrooms and award-winning restaurant that is a home from home for the holidays.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

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Step into the Industrial Revolution at Quarry Bank

Step into the Industrial Revolution at Quarry Bank

This fascinating industrial heritage site transports visitors back to 18th century Northern England and the life of a thriving cotton mill community.

Location: Styal, Cheshire

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Go on safari in the New Forest

Go on safari in the New Forest

Explore the Forest in a unique and exciting way. Hop on and off at villages, attractions and forest walks, or just sit back, relax and enjoy the view…

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

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Revel in a riverside romance in the Norfolk Broads

Revel in a riverside romance in the Norfolk Broads

The Norfolk village of Coltishall, only 6 miles from Norwich and set on the edge of the Broads, offers plenty of romantic things to do by the river.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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Quirky by name, delicious by nature

Quirky by name, delicious by nature

Explore the Peak District National Park around Meltham in West Yorkshire then settle down to a relaxed fine dining experience at The Quirky Corner.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

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Discover wildlife and the history of Derwent Reservoir

Discover wildlife and the history of Derwent Reservoir

Spot red squirrels, adders and bog plants at Derwent Reservoir and Pow Hill Country Park in the Durham Dales.

Location: Durham Dales

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Enjoy a romantic escape to the Lakes

Enjoy a romantic escape to the Lakes

Exploring the natural phenomena that is the Lake District costs nothing and is arguably the most romantic place in England.

Location: Windermere, Cumbria

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Trek across the North York Moors with a team of huskies

Trek across the North York Moors with a team of huskies

Set out on an intrepid adventure holiday with Pesky Husky, an adrenalin-pumping experience for active types looking to feel the wind in their hair.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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Sample locally grown food at Vallum

Sample locally grown food at Vallum

Enjoy a trip to Vallum - the artisan gateway to Hadrian's Wall with locally food grown by Northumbrian neighbours.

Location: Corbridge, Northumberland

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Go gaga for Galas and Cox’s in the South Downs

Go gaga for Galas and Cox’s in the South Downs

Celebrate everything that’s great English apples this autumn with tastings, cider making and apple trails in the South Downs.

Location: Alton, Hampshire

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Cycle through moorland and meadows in Nidderdale

Cycle through moorland and meadows in Nidderdale

Circular routes through this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty reward cyclists with stunning views, rural tranquillity and cosy pubs and teashops.

Location: Brimham Rocks, North Yorkshire

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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

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Herefordshire Cider Route

Herefordshire Cider Route

Cycling and cider makes for a great combination in Herefordshire.

Location: Ledbury, Herefordshire

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Tour the decadent rooms and gardens of Renishaw Hall

Tour the decadent rooms and gardens of Renishaw Hall

Wander round immaculate gardens and artistic rooms at this historic family home.

Location: Renishaw, North Derbyshire

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Get befuddled at BeWILDerwood

Get befuddled at BeWILDerwood

Delve into an adventurous world of make-believe, inspired by local children’s author, Tom Blofeld.

Location: Hoveton, Norfolk

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Pick a favourite lake from a tour of ten

Pick a favourite lake from a tour of ten

Not for nothing is this tour named the ‘Ten Lakes Spectacular’ – it takes you to see some of the Lake District’s show-stopping sights in one day.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

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See Longleat in a different light

See Longleat in a different light

Experience the magical Festival of Light with hundreds of illuminated displays after dark before staying in a luxury Longleat spa hotel.

Location: Warminster, Wiltshire

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