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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Take to the slopes in Dorset

Take to the slopes in Dorset

The Snowtrax alpine activity centre will transport you to the mountains for the day.

Location: Christchurch, Dorset

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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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Test your limits and climb The Cloud

Test your limits and climb The Cloud

Push yourself to the limit hiking the Gritstone Trail. With outstanding countryside and amazing views, the 35-mile trail is a challenge and a pleasure.

Location: Lyme Park, Cheshire

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Swing through the treetops in Sherwood Forest

Swing through the treetops in Sherwood Forest

Connect with your inner monkey as you swing through the trees at Go Ape in Sherwood Forest.

Location: Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

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Discover a secluded fortified manor house at Aydon Castle

Discover a secluded fortified manor house at Aydon Castle

Over 900 years old and pretty much unaltered since then, Aydon Castle sits proudly upon its crag; a true survivor of some rough times and visitors.

Location: Corbridge, Northumberland

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Hotel TerraVina in the New Forest

Hotel TerraVina in the New Forest

Who says getting close to nature has to involve roughing it? Most of Hotel TerraVina's luxurious rooms have outside space and sun-loungers, so you can sit back in style and soak up the gorgeous countryside.

Location: Netley Marsh, Hampshire

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Enjoy hearty grub at the Feathered Nest Country Inn

Enjoy hearty grub at the Feathered Nest Country Inn

The Feathered Nest Country Inn is a 3 AA Rosette modern British country pub, restaurant and inn set in the picturesque village of Nether Westcote.

Location: Nether Westcote, Oxfordshire

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Tee off on England’s Golf Coast

Tee off on England’s Golf Coast

Discover 12 of the finest links golf courses in the UK, including three Open Championship courses, within striking distance of central Liverpool.

Location: Southport, Wirral, Lytham, Merseyside

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Go snowdrop spotting in Wiltshire

Go snowdrop spotting in Wiltshire

Discover snowdrops and more as you wander through the grounds of the pretty Lydiard Park this winter.

Location: Swindon, Wiltshire

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Follow the Ancient Sherwood Route

Follow the Ancient Sherwood Route

Take in the best of north Nottinghamshire on this 20-mile cycle route, which explores the extensive area covered by Sherwood Forest.

Location: Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

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Get back to nature with a cycling break in the New Forest

Get back to nature with a cycling break in the New Forest

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life with a 5-star luxury log cabin break in the heart of the New Forest.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

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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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Get close to nature at RSPB Rainham Marshes

Get close to nature at RSPB Rainham Marshes

With big skies and exciting wildlife, there’s something for everyone wanting to great closer to nature – from walkers to wildlife enthusiasts.

Location: Purfleet, Essex

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Get hands on with history at sites across Hadrian's Wall

Get hands on with history at sites across Hadrian's Wall

Enjoy a deeper exploration into our Roman heritage through reconstructions and live excavations on a visit to Hadrian’s Wall.

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne / Carlisle / Hexham

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Discover hidden Ice Age art at Creswell Crags

Discover hidden Ice Age art at Creswell Crags

Hidden in a beautiful limestone gorge you'll find some of Britain's only known Ice Age art.

Location: Creswell, Nottinghamshire

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Step into a midsummer night’s dream at Port Eliot Festival

Step into a midsummer night’s dream at Port Eliot Festival

Culture galore, plus the beautiful Cornish countryside make the Port Eliot Festival a truly magical summer event.

Location: Port Eliot, Cornwall

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Try your hand at falconry at Millets Farm

Try your hand at falconry at Millets Farm

Ever marvelled at a soaring bird of prey and wondered how they are trained? Find out on a special Advanced Entry visit to Millets Farm Falconry Centre.

Location: Frilford, Oxfordshire

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Go on a grand glamping adventure on a Georgian estate

Go on a grand glamping adventure on a Georgian estate

Set up camp in a West Wood Yurt, nestled in the National Trust’s Gibside estate, just outside NewcastleGateshead.

Location: Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

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Enjoy a picnic at Colemere park

Enjoy a picnic at Colemere park

Colemere is the only one of North Shropshire’s glacial meres to have a full circular walk right by the water’s edge.

Location: Ellesmere, Shropshire

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Explore the natural wonders of Malham

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

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