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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Recreate scenes from Pride & Prejudice at Stourhead gardens

Recreate scenes from Pride & Prejudice at Stourhead gardens

See the changing colours on a visit to breath-taking Stourhead, where you can see the beauty of nature through the seasons.

Location: Mere, Wiltshire

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Enjoy family fun among the flowers

Enjoy family fun among the flowers

The RHS Flower Show is the North’s greatest garden party. Get inspiration, listen to the bands and pick up a few plants for your own garden.

Location: Knutsford, Cheshire

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Volunteer on a working weekend in The National Forest

Volunteer on a working weekend in The National Forest

New experiences, new skills, new friends, and a break from everyday living all come free to National Forest Conservation volunteers.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

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Fly or freewheel through the trees in the Forest of Dean

Fly or freewheel through the trees in the Forest of Dean

Hire bikes and go exploring, fly through the air on a zip wire or paddle down the river on a watery adventure.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

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Walk among the mass of colours in Bowood's rhododendron gardens

Walk among the mass of colours in Bowood's rhododendron gardens

Bowood House offers vistas of colour and beauty covering over 60 acres.

Location: Chippenham, Wiltshire

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Uncover history and heritage at the New Forest Centre

Uncover history and heritage at the New Forest Centre

As well as history galore, there’s the chance to experience a pony sale at the New Forest Centre – you just won’t be able to take one home with you.

Location: Lyndhurst, Hampshire

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Artisan art, Craft and Food for a picnic

Artisan art, Craft and Food for a picnic

See artists working in the Forest of Dean then visit a farmers market to pick up gourmet delights to satisfy the hungriest of tums.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

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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

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Cycle the Moor Top Trail In Grizedale Forest

Cycle the Moor Top Trail In Grizedale Forest

Challenge yourself to Cycle the Moor Top Trail in Grizedale Forest offering rugged landscapes and woodland trails making for a perfect ride.

Location: Grizedale, Cumbria

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Follow King Arthur’s trail in Shropshire

Follow King Arthur’s trail in Shropshire

King Arthur (the real one!) was born, lived and died in Shropshire. No, really. And his Queen Guinevere was a Shropshire lass too.

Location: Oswestry, Shropshire

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Enjoy a remote retreat the heart of the Cumbria’s mountains

Enjoy a remote retreat the heart of the Cumbria’s mountains

Book your place at YHA Black Sail, the perfect rural retreat for lovers of the great outdoors.

Location: Cleator, Cumbria

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Kick back at award-winning B&B, Alkham Court

Kick back at award-winning B&B, Alkham Court

To hot tub, or not to hot tub? That is the question, at Alkham Court B&B near Dover.

Location: South Alkham, Kent

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Explore Wiltshire's wilderness with Salisbury Plain Safaris

Explore Wiltshire's wilderness with Salisbury Plain Safaris

Enjoy an off-road Land Rover Safari onto Salisbury Plain for a spot of puddle hopping, wildlife spotting or history tour.

Location: Wiltshire

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Be inspired with a visit to Tudor House

Be inspired with a visit to Tudor House

Tudor House is one of the most prominent buildings in Broadway which houses objects and artefacts on loan from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

Location: Broadway, Worcestershire

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Stay in a luxury country house at Lime Wood Hotel

Stay in a luxury country house at Lime Wood Hotel

Bed down in one of the luxury rooms and sample the excellent local food at this quirky, luxury hotel and restaurant.

Location: Lyndhurst, Hampshire

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Canal cruise through Staffordshire’s Peak District

Canal cruise through Staffordshire’s Peak District

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life by hiring a canal boat and leisurely cruising through picturesque scenery.

Location: Peak District, Staffordshire

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Follow the last journey of the ‘Pendle Witches’

Follow the last journey of the ‘Pendle Witches’

The Trail of the Pendle Witches tells a tale of witchcraft and suspicion woven through the moors, valleys, villages and castles of Lancashire county.

Location: Forest of Bowland AONB, Lancashire

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Monkeying around in the New Forest

Monkeying around in the New Forest

Bond with your tribe at the Go Ape course in Moors Valley Country Park near Ringwood for a thrilling forest adventure.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

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Drive through the Lake District in a classic car

Drive through the Lake District in a classic car

Explore the Lake District in style. Only the sexiest sports car will do, the top has to be down, and the roads have to be winding.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

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A Tale of Two Gardens and a Lasting Friendship

A Tale of Two Gardens and a Lasting Friendship

Experience two world-famous gardens just 6 minutes’ walk from each other - the Arts and Crafts masterpiece Hidcote Manor and historic Kiftsgate Court.

Location: Gloucestershire

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