Countryside

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.

Countryside

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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Celebrate the Golden Age of Steam in Shropshire

Celebrate the Golden Age of Steam in Shropshire

Journey back to the days of train whistles and locomotives as the Severn Valley Railway celebrate its Golden Jubilee.

Location: Bridgnorth, Shropshire

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Enjoy a celebration of food & art at the Forest Food Showcase

Enjoy a celebration of food & art at the Forest Food Showcase

Head to the Forest of Dean this autumn for the best in local, seasonal and speciality food and drink at the Forest Showcase Food and Drink Festival.

Location: Coleford, Gloucestershire

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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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Ride on down to the Didcot Railway Centre

Ride on down to the Didcot Railway Centre

Enjoy a trip to Didcot Railway Centre, whose magnificent restored engines will take you steaming through most of the Oxfordshire countryside.

Location: Didcot, Oxfordshire

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Taste the best of the Peak District this autumn

Taste the best of the Peak District this autumn

Eat, drink and be merry as you make your way around the stalls at the Great Peak District Fair and Beer Festival.

Location: Buxton, Derbyshire

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Take on the Tarka Trail for your next break

Take on the Tarka Trail for your next break

For the challenge of the 'Exmoor Beast' 100km/100m cycle sportive, or a gentle potter along the Tarka Trail with the family, North Devon is the place.

Location: North Devon

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Volunteer on a working weekend in The National Forest

Volunteer on a working weekend in The National Forest

New experiences, new skills, new friends, and a break from everyday living all come free to National Forest Conservation volunteers.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

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Blow away the cobwebs and explore the new Ullswater Way

Blow away the cobwebs and explore the new Ullswater Way

The Ullswater Way is a stunning 20-mile walking route around one of the Lake Districts most beautiful lakes.

Location: Ullswater, Cumbria

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Enjoy a luxurious family getaway at the Manor Farmhouse

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

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Find a Wonderful Haven for Unusual Blooms

Find a Wonderful Haven for Unusual Blooms

The Isles of Scilly are world famous for exporting scented narcissi; beautiful delicate flowers that grow through the winter

Location: Isles of Scilly

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Walk the Wall at Steel Rigg

Walk the Wall at Steel Rigg

Take a walk around Steel Rigg and Crag Lough to see how the Romans used the natural landscape to maximise the strength of the Empire's frontier.

Location: Steel Rigg, Northumberland

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Escape to Winchcombe- the Walking Capital of the Cotswolds

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

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Retrace Turner's footsteps in Durham

Retrace Turner's footsteps in Durham

Durham’s landscapes and iconic buildings have inspired several of England’s great artists and writers, including the master painter JMW Turner.

Location: Durham Dales, Durham

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Go wild and become a zookeeper for the day at Marwell Zoo

Go wild and become a zookeeper for the day at Marwell Zoo

This unique once-in-a-lifetime experience will allow you to get up close to some of nature’s most endangered species for a memory you’ll never forget.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

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Capture the Wye Valley springing to life

Capture the Wye Valley springing to life

Visit the Wye Valley in spring and admire its beautiful flowers as they emerge.

Location: Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

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Uncover Durham’s fascinating history and heritage by bike

Uncover Durham’s fascinating history and heritage by bike

Get on your bike and discover Durham’s amazing history and heritage as you cycle the Lanchester Valley Railway Path.

Location: Durham

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Discover olde world Lincolnshire

Discover olde world Lincolnshire

The perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of the city.

Location: Lincolnshire

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Exploring rural Herefordshire

Exploring rural Herefordshire

Cider, swans and spectacular views. Three reasons why you’ll love Herefordshire.

Location: Herefordshire

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Sample the best of Dartmoor's local food and drink

Sample the best of Dartmoor's local food and drink

Enjoy a taste of Dartmoor National Park, home to some of the best local produce in England.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

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Feed your soul at the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey

Feed your soul at the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey

Medieval monks chose a serene valley in the North York Moors National Park to establish an abbey that became the richest and most powerful in England.

Location: Helmsley, North Yorkshire

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