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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Explore some of England’s most dramatic caves

Explore some of England’s most dramatic caves

Head underground to gaze in wonder at the fascinating caves that form a major, but hidden, part of the Yorkshire Dales landscape.

Location: Ingleton, North Yorkshire

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All the fun of the fair with Dorset’s summer festivals

All the fun of the fair with Dorset’s summer festivals

Dorset entertains the whole family all summer long hosting an array of amazing events and festivals that are unique, nostalgic or just plain fun!

Location: Dorset

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Escape to the Lake District for a dog friendly weekend break

Escape to the Lake District for a dog friendly weekend break

Head to Coniston in the Lake District for a multitude of dog friendly days out, including long walks, boat rides and lots of cake.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

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Rediscover yourself on a relaxing farm stay in the Cotswolds

Rediscover yourself on a relaxing farm stay in the Cotswolds

Experience a break with a difference & reconnect with the countryside. Stay in a hut by the pond or a unique shepherd’s hut with a cosy log burner.

Location: Cirencester, Gloucestershire

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Outdoor adventures in the North York Moors

Outdoor adventures in the North York Moors

Gee up the family with a high-octane adventure holiday in the North York Moors – you never know what you can do until you try.

Location: North York Moors, North Yorkshire

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Explore stunning English Gardens in the Heart of Devon

Explore stunning English Gardens in the Heart of Devon

Across the Heart of Devon you'll find some beautiful gardens, whether it's National Trust properties or hidden gems, the Heart of Devon has it all.

Location: Devon

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Kingston Lacy: an Italian palace in Dorset

Kingston Lacy: an Italian palace in Dorset

Home to a rather fabulous collection that includes pieces by Rubens, Van Duyck, Titian.

Location: Poole, Dorset

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Take an autumn walk along the Great Ridge

Take an autumn walk along the Great Ridge

Enjoy a scenic hike along the Great Ridge walk, a Peak District classic with spectacular panoramic views.

Location: Mam Tor, Derbyshire

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Journey to the spiritual heart of England

Journey to the spiritual heart of England

This rather pretty west country town is steeped in myth and legend.

Location: Glastonbury, Somerset

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Tree top adventures and forest segways at Go Ape

Tree top adventures and forest segways at Go Ape

Take to the trees for breath-taking views of the Chilterns and Black Park.

Location: Wendover, Buckinghamshire

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Wildlife skills and forest fun in the South Downs

Wildlife skills and forest fun in the South Downs

Family holidays in the South Downs National Park are perfect for venturing out into the fresh air, to learn about camping, nature and wildlife.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Seek out inspiring views atop Malham Cove

Seek out inspiring views atop Malham Cove

Follow in the footsteps of centuries of visitors – and more recently, filmmakers – to Malham Cove, a limestone amphitheatre in the Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Malham, North Yorkshire

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Gastro glamping at the foot of Belvoir Castle

Gastro glamping at the foot of Belvoir Castle

Pronounced ‘beaver’ by locals and literally meaning ‘beautiful view’, the Vale of Belvoir offers the perfect place to hideaway.

Location: Near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

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Soak up the sights of Hampshire on a canal trip

Soak up the sights of Hampshire on a canal trip

Float away on a scenic cruise along the Basingstoke Canal. With 29 locks, the canal is a boaters’ paradise and a great family experience.

Location: Basingstoke, Hampshire

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Unleash your inner explorer at Hatfield Forest

Unleash your inner explorer at Hatfield Forest

No other venue provides a better backdrop for young budding explorers than Hatfield Forest.

Location: Takeley, Essex

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Take the plunge canyoning in Cumbria

Take the plunge canyoning in Cumbria

Ever looked at a waterfall and rather than reaching for the camera, thought ‘I’d like to climb down that’? If so, you’re about to discover your new favourite sport – canyoning.

Location: Bowness, Cumbria

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Wet and wild in the Forest

Wet and wild in the Forest

There’s no shortage of wet and wild watersports in the New Forest, from adrenalin-rush RIB rides to gentle paddles and luxury sunset sails.

Location: Lymington, Hampshire

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Enjoy a blissful autumn break at Studford Luxury Lodges

Enjoy a blissful autumn break at Studford Luxury Lodges

Escape from the hustle and bustle and make the most of autumn tranquillity on both the Yorkshire Coast & North York Moors.

Location: Ampleforth, North Yorkshire

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Discover North Yorkshire’s heirs and graces

Discover North Yorkshire’s heirs and graces

Soak up centuries of style and grandeur as you discover North Yorkshire’s rich tapestry of castles, stately homes and gardens.

Location: Harrogate, Ripon, Masham and Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

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Put your cycling skills to the test at Hamsterley Forest

Put your cycling skills to the test at Hamsterley Forest

Grab your bike and take on ‘The Loop’ - a circuit which includes features such as rock gardens and obstacles along the way.

Location: Durham Dales

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