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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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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Enjoy an evening of fine dining at The Peacock at Rowsley

Enjoy an evening of fine dining at The Peacock at Rowsley

After a day of fly-fishing on the River Wye, stop by The Peacock for a beautiful fine dining experience.

Location: Peak District, Derbyshire

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Reconnect with nature at Dunwich Heath

Reconnect with nature at Dunwich Heath

Tucked away on the coast, Dunwich Heath is one of the more remote and dramatically beautiful parts of Suffolk.

Location: Dunwich , Suffolk

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See stunning views of autumn colour in South Downs’ woodland

See stunning views of autumn colour in South Downs’ woodland

Be surrounded by woodland in glorious autumn colour when you walk in the footsteps of the father of ecology, Gilbert White.

Location: Selborne near Alton, Hampshire

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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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Mix culture and countryside at Sussex Walking Festival

Mix culture and countryside at Sussex Walking Festival

Discover ancient woodland, the rolling South Downs and vineyard tours, in one of the fascinating walks at this annual Coast & Country Walking Festival.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Wicked wildlife at Avon Heath Country Park

Wicked wildlife at Avon Heath Country Park

Miles of tracks at Avon Heath Country Park offer an opportunity to explore Dorset's internationally important heathland and its rare wildlife.

Location: St Leonards, Dorset

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Indie A-listers in a country oasis at End of the Road Festival

Indie A-listers in a country oasis at End of the Road Festival

The intimate surroundings of the End of the Road Festival give you the chance to get up close and personal with the bands and their music.

Location: Larmer Tree Gardens, North Dorset

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Enjoy country-chic style at No1 Silverbank

Enjoy country-chic style at No1 Silverbank

It’s a bit of an understatement to call No1 Silverbank a cottage. Yes, it has exposed beams, a log fire and a pretty garden filled with perennials – but that’s only half the story.

Location: Coniston, Cumbria

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Glide through the waterways of unspoilt Cheshire

Glide through the waterways of unspoilt Cheshire

Take in quaint villages, welcoming country pubs, majestic industrial heritage sites and even castles on a boat trip through the county’s canals.

Location: Audlem, Cheshire

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Sing along to Christmas carols at Hillside Bewery

Sing along to Christmas carols at Hillside Bewery

Enjoy a fun, festive evening at the Hillside Brewery Christmas carol service.

Location: Longhope, Gloucestershire

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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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Cycle The Two Tunnels Circuit of Bath

Cycle The Two Tunnels Circuit of Bath

The Two Tunnels path has transformed a stretch of disused railway line into a walking and cycling track complete with music and light installations.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Embrace your inner eco warrior and stay on a nature reserve

Embrace your inner eco warrior and stay on a nature reserve

Folly Farm, a green oasis between buzzing Bristol and beautiful Bath in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is the perfect getaway for a family.

Location: Near Bath, Somerset

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Enjoy a rural escape in Burnham Market

Enjoy a rural escape in Burnham Market

If you feel like the walls are closing in, try heading to Norfolk for a dose of big skies, blue sea and cute little towns.

Location: Burnham, Norfolk

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Take a walk with the wildlife in the Lake District

Take a walk with the wildlife in the Lake District

Keep your eyes peeled and cameras at the ready for some serious Cumbrian wildlife spotting.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

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Celebrate the golden age of beer in Kent

Celebrate the golden age of beer in Kent

The Faversham Hop Festival is a unique family event that commemorates the golden days of hop-picking with two days of live music, dancing, great food and hops, hops, hops!

Location: Faversham, Kent

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Go glamping in shepherds’ huts at Elmley Nature Reserve

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

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Picture Mr Darcy coming out of the lake

Picture Mr Darcy coming out of the lake

The magnificent house, gardens and deer park at Lyme Park was the filming location for the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice.

Location: Lyme Handley, Cheshire

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Stop for afternoon tea at The Meadowside Farm Café

Stop for afternoon tea at The Meadowside Farm Café

Grab a bite to eat at this café in rural Frome, famous for its breakfasts, brunches and excellent afternoon teas.

Location: Frome, Somerset

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