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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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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Indulge in beer, baking and the Barnsley Chop

Indulge in beer, baking and the Barnsley Chop

Treat your taste buds in Barnsley, Northern England, an area characterised by food, thriving breweries and award-winning craft ales.

Location: Barnsley, South Yorkshire

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Enjoy Suffolk’s scenery from the saddle or high up in the treetops

Enjoy Suffolk’s scenery from the saddle or high up in the treetops

Enjoy one of the UK’s most thrilling outdoor activities at the original Go Ape! in Thetford Forest or experience cycling in Suffolk.

Location: Brandon, Suffolk

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Rest and romance in the iconic Lake District landscape

Rest and romance in the iconic Lake District landscape

Leathes Head Country House Hotel is the ideal spot to spend some much-needed time for two in the heart of the Lake District.

Location: Borrowdale, Cumbria

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Meet the residents of The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth

Meet the residents of The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth

Make friends with the equine residents of Sidmouth’s Donkey Sanctuary and see the great work that the charity does for yourself.

Location: Sidmouth, Devon

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Romantic Langrish House countryside retreat

Romantic Langrish House countryside retreat

Plan a romantic winter break in Hampshire and explore the rolling hills and forests of the South Downs National Park.

Location: Petersfield, Hampshire

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Spot rare birds and explore Durham’s heritage on two wheels

Spot rare birds and explore Durham’s heritage on two wheels

Cycle the Derwent Walk Railway Path, spot rare birds and discover the story of a near 150 year old railway.

Location: Durham

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Get back to nature whilst glamping in a shepherd’s hut

Get back to nature whilst glamping in a shepherd’s hut

A stone’s throw from Kielder Water and Forest Park, PoSHHuts in Falstone is an oasis of indulgence – a perfect glamping getaway in Northumberland.

Location: Falstone, Northumberland

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Coast to Coast Cycling

Coast to Coast Cycling

A challenging route from one side of England to the other.

Location: Whitehaven / Whitby

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Enjoy a fantastic Lancashire taste experience

Enjoy a fantastic Lancashire taste experience

The award-winning Cartford Inn is an ideal place to pause and sample some of the best food found in Lancashire’s countryside.

Location: Poulton Le Fylde, Lancashire

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Have Iron-Age Fun at Old Sarum

Have Iron-Age Fun at Old Sarum

Discover over 2,000 years of history on a visit to Old Sarum, and take in the sprawling countryside of Wiltshire.

Location: Wiltshire

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Enjoy a relaxing winter break in a former Georgian rectory

Enjoy a relaxing winter break in a former Georgian rectory

A former Georgian rectory set in the heart of the country, Pen-Y-Dyffryn is a haven for peace and quiet with friendly staff to make you feel welcome.

Location: Oswestry, Shropshire

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Enjoy a camping weekend at the National Water Sports Centre

Enjoy a camping weekend at the National Water Sports Centre

Take advantage of a budget break in Nottingham with a camping weekend at the National Water Sports centre, just 10 minutes from the heart of the city.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Visit Brockholes Nature Reserve’s unique floating visitor centre

Visit Brockholes Nature Reserve’s unique floating visitor centre

Everyone is welcome at Brockholes, near Preston. Whether you’re a naturalist or a beginner, there’s something for you to enjoy and lots of chances for you to get close to nature.

Location: Preston, Lancashire

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Take a relaxing boat ride along the River Avon

Take a relaxing boat ride along the River Avon

Enjoy the tranquil waters of the River Avon by boat, as many have been doing for over 100 years.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Enjoy a slice of authentic Yorkshire countryside

Enjoy a slice of authentic Yorkshire countryside

Visit Penistone, the highest market town in the county. As well as being pretty to look at, there’s plenty to do and delicious food and ales to try.

Location: Penistone, South Yorkshire

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Close the summer festival season in style at Bestival

Close the summer festival season in style at Bestival

If you are looking for an eclectic mix of music, cabaret and entertainment then this is the festival for you.

Location: Newport, Isle of Wight

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See flowers in bloom at Jessamine Cottage Gardens

See flowers in bloom at Jessamine Cottage Gardens

Jessamine Garden is a taste of New Zealand country gardens brought right to the heart of rural Shropshire.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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Escape with the family to a Cotswolds hill farm

Escape with the family to a Cotswolds hill farm

Walk with donkeys, cook alfresco pizza, picnic in an arboretum, enjoy an indoor skate-park and become a Roman for the day at Westley Farm.

Location: Chalford, Gloucestershire

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Explore Britain’s maritime history at Buckler's Hard

Explore Britain’s maritime history at Buckler's Hard

Explore this unique 18th century village which had an important role in British maritime history.

Location: Beaulieu, Hampshire

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