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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Love life and live well on a wellness break in Essex

Love life and live well on a wellness break in Essex

This award-winning Lifehouse Spa Hotel, surrounded by 12 acres of historic gardens, is the perfect place for you to relax, unwind and rejuvenate.

Location: Thorpe-le-Soken, Essex

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Cross the great viaduct to historic Knaresborough

Cross the great viaduct to historic Knaresborough

Mysterious caves, a medieval castle and a magical spring that turns objects to stone are just a few reasons to visit this gorgeous riverside town.

Location: Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

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Witness Nature’s best at the North York Moors National Park

Witness Nature’s best at the North York Moors National Park

Discover heather adorned moorland in the summer sunshine and wild flora flourishing in the woodlands.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

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Walk the thread trails in Suffolk's medieval towns

Walk the thread trails in Suffolk's medieval towns

Explore the glorious Suffolk 'wool' towns of Suffolk, once major producers of woolen cloth.

Location: Lavenham, Suffolk

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Discover the fictional home of Home Fires

Discover the fictional home of Home Fires

Follow in the footsteps of the Great Paxford Women’s Institute with a visit to the picturesque Cheshire village of Bunbury.

Location: Bunbury, Cheshire

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Discover the hidden gem of Grimwith Reservoir

Discover the hidden gem of Grimwith Reservoir

Grimwith Reservoir is one of the Yorkshire Dales' hidden gems tucked away off the road between Grassington and Pateley Bridge.

Location: Near Grassington, North Yorkshire

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New Michelin stars make Cumbria foodie heaven

New Michelin stars make Cumbria foodie heaven

Sample delicious menus of quality produce at four different Michelin star restaurants.

Location: Cumbria

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Find riverside amusements aplenty in the Severn Valley

Find riverside amusements aplenty in the Severn Valley

Stourport-on-Severn is a great inland resort to explore, with plenty of open green space for the whole family to enjoy, canal and riverside walks, riverside amusements and boat trips galore.

Location: Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire

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Enjoy an eco-friendly stay in green and pleasant Dorset

Enjoy an eco-friendly stay in green and pleasant Dorset

Come and enjoy Dorset’s incredible scenic beauty and rich wildlife this spring on a sustainable seaside holiday.

Location: Dorset

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Revel in a riverside romance in the Norfolk Broads

Revel in a riverside romance in the Norfolk Broads

The Norfolk village of Coltishall, only 6 miles from Norwich and set on the edge of the Broads, offers plenty of romantic things to do by the river.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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Relax in the Barley Wood Walled Garden

Relax in the Barley Wood Walled Garden

Visit a creative rural hub where award-winning chefs, talented artists, and an expert organic gardener share a beautiful walled garden in North Somerset.

Location: Wrington, North Somerset

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Fly a Falcon at Lady Hill Farm

Fly a Falcon at Lady Hill Farm

Ever wondered what it's like to have a falcon land on your arm? Book yourself in for a flying session with Falconry Days at Lady Hill Farm.

Location: Simonburn, Northumberland

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Sheffield Park Garden

Sheffield Park Garden

The perfect place for relaxation and nature photography.

Location: Brighton, East Sussex

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Bushcraft Course in Somerset

Bushcraft Course in Somerset

A lesson in living off the land.

Location: Somerset

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Walk in the footsteps of Romans at Chedworth Roman Villa

Walk in the footsteps of Romans at Chedworth Roman Villa

Discover 4th-century Roman England at Chedworth.

Location: Fossebridge, Gloucestershire

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Enjoy romance at Lacock and Lucknam Park

Enjoy romance at Lacock and Lucknam Park

Close to stunning Lacock is five star spa hotel Lucknam Park, nestled in 500 acres of parkland, with Michelin-star dining and riding centre.

Location: Chippenham, Wiltshire

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See breath-taking vistas at Beth Chatto Gardens

See breath-taking vistas at Beth Chatto Gardens

Explore these breath-taking and inspirational gardens created by 10 times Chelsea Gold Medal Winner and Gardening Author, Beth Chatto OBE.

Location: Colchester, Essex

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Spot deer in the city

Spot deer in the city

It might come as a surprise to discover a deer-filled oasis just a tube ride away from the hustle and bustle of London.

Location: Richmond, Surrey

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Go horseriding in the Lake District

Go horseriding in the Lake District

Saddle up for a two-day horseriding trek around the fells of the Lake District.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

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Feel alive in Northumberland’s stunning landscapes

Feel alive in Northumberland’s stunning landscapes

Be inspired by the beauty of Northumberland’s protected parks and stunning coastline, and be dazzled by the stars in its clear night skies.

Location: Once Brewed, Northumberland

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