Countryside breaks in England

Countryside breaks

See the famous moors and National Parks that have inspired writers such as Michael Morpurgo, Ted Hughes, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Walk through the hills of England’s countryside, and see it teeming with wildlife, or explore the strangely temperate microclimates of Scilly where you can find birds and plants that can’t be found elsewhere in the UK. An active holiday in the English countryside is perfect for tuckering out the kids or blowing away the cobwebs of everyday living – so grab a bike and ride some of the trails and villages of the outdoors. The beautiful Cotswolds provide the perfect picnicking spot. Or you could wander Wiltshire with its heritage sights like Stonehenge, and take in some of the country’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; we have thirty-three!

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Discover one of Norfolk’s hidden market towns

Pull on your walking boots and get to know Loddon, a charming riverside town just 10 miles from Norwich.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

Marvel at West Norfolk's winter wildlife

Get closer to nature by spending crisp winter mornings experiencing jaw-dropping wildlife spectacles along West Norfolk's coastline.

Location: King's Lynn, West Norfolk

Go glamping in shepherds’ huts at Elmley Nature Reserve

With spectacular landscapes and breath-taking wildlife, Elmley National Nature Reserve is an inspirational place to visit - and to sleep in.

Location: Isle of Sheppey, Kent

September events: Enjoy Nordic walking at the Walking and Outdoors Festival

The annual Yorkshire Wolds Walking and Outdoors Festival offers a host of exciting outdoor pursuits and taster sessions.

Location: Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire

Find a little piece of heaven on earth in Colchester

Green Island Gardens features stunning gardens professionally designed by Fiona Edmond and set within woodland destroyed by the 1987 hurricane.

Location: Colchester, Essex

Stay at stylish Middlethorpe Hall and Spa

Treat yourself to good food and plenty of relaxation at Middlethorpe Hall.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Get back to nature at Wootton Park

Escape to the countryside and experience the magic of Wootton Park in Warwickshire.

Location: Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire

Explore the lush landscapes of South Downs National Park

Brighton & Hove is known as a seaside city, but just a short bus ride away lies the UNESCO Biosphere sites…

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Go wild in West Suffolk

Defined by myths, living memories of Anglo Saxons and rugged landscapes, in West Suffolk you can have an adventure.

Location: The Brecks, Suffolk

Enjoy an award-winning rural retreat

This 16th century manor house near Clitheroe, in the heart of Lancashire's Ribble Valley, is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing break.

Location: Clitheroe, Lancashire

Stay at All Stretton Bunkhouse in the Shropshire Hills

Experience the great outdoors with a stay at All Stretton Bunkhouse, nestled deep in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Location: Church Stretton, Shropshire

Go on a ‘legless ramble’ through East Sussex’s countryside

Escape to the English countryside and explore Beachy Head in East Sussex, first on a brewery tour and then on foot.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

Join the A-List on a narrow boat holiday

You just can’t beat messing about in boats and travelling at just 4 miles an hour you are sure to unwind.

Location: Chirk, Shropshire

Enjoy a luxurious family getaway at the Manor Farmhouse

With a heated pool, sauna, cinema and billiard room on site, your family will never want to leave the Manor Farmhouse.

Location: Milstead, Kent

Discover Yorkshire fayre and hospitality at the Shibden Mill Inn

Nestling in the fold of the picturesque Shibden Valley is fantastic food, drink and sumptuous accommodation at the 17th century Shibden Mill Inn.

Location: Halifax, Yorkshire

Escape to Winchcombe, the walking capital of the Cotswolds

Explore an undiscovered side to the north Cotswolds by combining a tranquil stay in the ancient town of Winchcombe with some fantastic walking routes.

Location: Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

Lounge and dine in a Georgian Country House

Stay in an early Georgian country house set in three acres of mature English gardens and woodland, just a short journey from historic Lincoln.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Wonder at windmills and wander the Weavers Way

Take a hike on the network of pathways under the vast Norfolk skies to the Berney Arms windmill and the remotest railway station in England.

Location: Berney Arms and the Halvergate Marshes, near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

Explore the natural wonders of Malham

Enjoy Malham in the Yorkshire Dales at its tranquil best, with many of England’s finest landscapes a short walk away.

Location: Malham, Yorkshire Dales National Park

Enjoy a rural escape at Kitley House Hotel

This 500 year old country house is set in the heart of the South Devon countryside making it the perfect destination for a relaxing and enjoyable break.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

Stay in a cottage built by an amazing Victorian inventor

Experience Cragside in Northumberland as many have never seen it before – by staying in the spectacular and dramatic grounds of the Cragside Estate.

Location: Rothbury, Northumberland

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