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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Go on a National Park Wildflower Spring Safari

Go on a National Park Wildflower Spring Safari

From wild daffs to bluebell carpets, the woods and meadows of the North York Moors come alive with colour from March onwards.

Location: Farndale, North Yorkshire

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See flowers in bloom at The Savill Garden

See flowers in bloom at The Savill Garden

Enliven your senses with a walk around one of Britain's finest ornamental gardens.

Location: Windsor, Berkshire

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Embrace the great outdoors in the Peak District

Embrace the great outdoors in the Peak District

Set your pulse racing with an adventure amid rugged moorland, rolling dales, majestic rock faces and mysterious caves.

Location: Bamford, Derbyshire

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Visit a movie star house

Visit a movie star house

Discover Bathsheba's 'Everdene Farm' from Far From the Madding Crowd in Dorset.

Location: Beaminster, Dorset

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Ride the route of the Tour De France, Grand Départ

Ride the route of the Tour De France, Grand Départ

Come and experience a section of the greatest cycle race in the world and cycle through some of the most beautiful countryside anywhere.

Location: Ilkey, West Yorkshire

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Experience rock climbing in the picturesque Wye Valley

Experience rock climbing in the picturesque Wye Valley

The spectacular Wye Valley cliffs offer a unique and beautiful playground for what is now one of the UK's largest participation sports.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

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Fall in love with picture perfect Lavenham

Fall in love with picture perfect Lavenham

With its winding streets lined with thatched cottages and medieval timber-framed buildings, it’s very easy to fall in love with Lavenham.

Location: Lavenham, Suffolk

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Journey back to the 1920s at Coleton Fishacre

Journey back to the 1920s at Coleton Fishacre

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

Location: Kingswear, Devon

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Lace up your boots for Dursley’s Walking Festival

Lace up your boots for Dursley’s Walking Festival

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the undiscovered south Cotswolds and take part in the annual Dursley Walking Festival, taking place each October.

Location: Dursley, Gloucestershire

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Enjoy a right royal bike ride in Norfolk

Enjoy a right royal bike ride in Norfolk

Grab your bike and head to Norfolk for the perfect cycling break with a royal twist.

Location: Norfolk

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Walk, cycle or ride through ‘the Durham Forest’

Walk, cycle or ride through ‘the Durham Forest’

Get active and get outdoors at Hamsterley Forest with 33 miles of way marked walking, cycling and horse-riding trails in striking surroundings.

Location: Durham Dales, Durham

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Kayak the River Dart

Kayak the River Dart

Have some family water fun in South Devon this summer.

Location: Tuckenhay, Devon

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Cycle through Plymouth and Dartmoor

Cycle through Plymouth and Dartmoor

Plymouth is perfectly positioned for the pedalling visitor on the crossroads of National Cycle Network routes and on the foothills of Dartmoor.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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Take a nature break at Westonbirt Arboretum

Take a nature break at Westonbirt Arboretum

Venture into Westonbirt’s leafy grounds for a touch of nature’s magic and see the English countryside at its verdant best.

Location: Tetbury, Gloucs

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Explore Leicestershire’s beautiful waterways at Foxton Locks

Explore Leicestershire’s beautiful waterways at Foxton Locks

Enjoy summer walks past the colourful narrowboats and along the unique waterways surrounded by Leicestershire’s picturesque countryside.

Location: Market Harborough, Leicestershire

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Explore the Hanson Way on National Cycle Route 5

Explore the Hanson Way on National Cycle Route 5

Enjoy a gentle bike ride along cycle tracks or quiet country roads in the fresh air to discover the delights of Oxford, Abingdon and Didcot.

Location: Abingdon, Oxfordshire

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Sleep in the treetops & with wild beasts in Kent

Sleep in the treetops & with wild beasts in Kent

Get in touch with your wild side in Kent this spring with a true African experience that the whole family will rave about.

Location: Lympne, Kent

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Indulge in a luxury forest retreat in Nottinghamshire

Indulge in a luxury forest retreat in Nottinghamshire

Relax in the heart of Sherwood Forest with your own private cabin and outdoor hot tub. Explore ancient woodlands and give archery a shot.

Location: Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

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Be wowed by Abbotsbury's Enchanted Illuminations

Be wowed by Abbotsbury's Enchanted Illuminations

Discover an illuminated wonderland and brace yourself for Fright Nights at one of Dorset’s finest annual events

Location: Abbotsbury, Dorset

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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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