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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Enjoy a tranquil break in a renovated railway carriage

Enjoy a tranquil break in a renovated railway carriage

Stay in your own 1st Class carriage at Coalport Station in the stunning Ironbridge Gorge.

Location: Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire

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Retrace the Cotswolds Arts and Crafts movement

Retrace the Cotswolds Arts and Crafts movement

Relive the rich Cotswolds’ arts and crafts traditions in Chipping Campden and Broadway and be inspired to be a modern day William Morris.

Location: Chipping Campden & Broadway, Gloucestershire

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Explore Greater Manchester’s scenic countryside on an Instagram tour

Explore Greater Manchester’s scenic countryside on an Instagram tour

Manchester is a thriving metropolis well-known for its busy city scene, but there's a quieter side to the region with acres of beautiful countryside.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Explore the rugged wilderness of Bodmin Moor

Explore the rugged wilderness of Bodmin Moor

Lace up your hiking boots and experience Cornwall at its most rural and rugged by ambling over Bodmin Moor.

Location: Bodmin moor, Cornwall

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Follow Sherlock Holmes around Dartmoor

Follow Sherlock Holmes around Dartmoor

Visit the eerie place that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to write Hound of the Baskervilles.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

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Celebrate Christmas past in Mortimer Country

Celebrate Christmas past in Mortimer Country

Enjoy a Christmas celebration with a historical twist at Berrington Hall and Croft Castle in Mortimer Country.

Location: Yarpole, Herefordshire

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Come nose-to-beak with some of the world’s rarest waterbirds

Come nose-to-beak with some of the world’s rarest waterbirds

WWT Washington Wetland Centre shows the wonders of the wetlands, with stunning scenery and encounters with some of the world’s rarest waterbirds.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

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Walk around the Stonehenge Landscape

Walk around the Stonehenge Landscape

Did you know the famous stone circle is surrounded by other prehistoric monuments, which are all part of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site?

Location: Stonehenge, Wiltshire

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Travel back to Roman times on a visit to Hadrian's Wall

Travel back to Roman times on a visit to Hadrian's Wall

Explore Roman life along the most magnificent of Rome’s great frontiers set in the dramatic landscape of Hadrian’s Wall Country.

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne / Carlisle / Hexham

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Cycle the Peak District in style at Eroica Britannia

Cycle the Peak District in style at Eroica Britannia

Handlebar moustaches and sepia filters at the ready… Eroica Britannia returns in June for a weekend of vintage road racing and retro recreation.

Location: Bakewell, Derbyshire

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Take a walk through history in Cranborne

Take a walk through history in Cranborne

Explore the landscape of Cranborne Chase which inspired the father of modern archaeology, William Fox Pitt.

Location: Cranborne, Dorset

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Get back to nature whilst glamping in a shepherd’s hut

Get back to nature whilst glamping in a shepherd’s hut

A stone’s throw from Kielder Water and Forest Park, PoSHHuts in Falstone is an oasis of indulgence – a perfect glamping getaway in Northumberland.

Location: Falstone, Northumberland

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Enjoy dog friendly days out at Belsay Hall

Enjoy dog friendly days out at Belsay Hall

Explore the magnificent gardens of this dog friendly attraction with your four legged friend.

Location: Belsay, Northumberland

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Wild Swimming in Grassington

Wild Swimming in Grassington

Grassington is an idyllic little Dales market town with a cobbled square, quirky shops and cosy pubs.

Location: Grassignton, North Yorkshire

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Learn the lost art of hedgelaying in the Cotswolds

Learn the lost art of hedgelaying in the Cotswolds

Learn the ancient outdoor activity of hedgelaying in the Cotswolds and why it is so important to look after these historic boundaries.

Location: Cotswolds, Gloucestershire & Oxfordshire

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Enjoy a rural break in Hawes in Wensleydale

Enjoy a rural break in Hawes in Wensleydale

Head to Hawes the home of Wensleydale Cheese, admire Hardraw Force waterfall and watch ropes being made in the traditional way.

Location: Hawes, Yorkshire Dales National Park

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Discover a romantic paradise in the Peaks and Pennines

Discover a romantic paradise in the Peaks and Pennines

From long walks to lazy lunches, the Fleece Inn at Holme is the perfect base for your romantic break in the Yorkshire countryside.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

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Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum

Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum

Venture into Westonbirt’s magical, illuminated grounds this winter for acres of Christmas magic.

Location: Tetbury, Gloucestershire

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Stay and play on Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park

Stay and play on Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park

Make the most of family fun time camping at the Cotswold Farm Park, and visit nearby Bourton-on-the-Water to explore attractions and picnic by the river.

Location: Near Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire

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Rare plants at Borde Hill Garden

Rare plants at Borde Hill Garden

Embrace the colours of summer at the historic Borde Hill Garden.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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