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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Get lost in Capability Brown’s stunning gardens

Get lost in Capability Brown’s stunning gardens

Did you know that Bath and the surrounding area is home to five striking gardens designed by England’s greatest gardener Lancelot “Capability” Brown?

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Walk alongside Roman history at Hadrian’s Wall

Walk alongside Roman history at Hadrian’s Wall

Stretching across the North of England, Hadrian’s Wall is the best-preserved Roman monument in Britain. Get right up beside it in Northumberland.

Location: Tyne Valley, Northumberland

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Play Pooh sticks in Ashdown Forest

Play Pooh sticks in Ashdown Forest

Take a walk through the magical wood where Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Tigger and Eeyore roam.

Location: Hartfield, East Sussex

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Seal watching in Arthur Ransome’s ‘Secret Water’

Seal watching in Arthur Ransome’s ‘Secret Water’

Explore Walton’s ‘Secret Water’, the setting for Arthur Ransome’s ‘Swallows and Amazons’ book.

Location: Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

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Take a guided walking tour of Mortimer Country

Take a guided walking tour of Mortimer Country

Strap on your walking shoes and explore the Mortimer Country with the county’s Walking Festival this summer.

Location: Herefordshire, West Midlands

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Beat the Christmas Pud on the Shropshire Hills

Beat the Christmas Pud on the Shropshire Hills

If you’ve indulged too much over Christmas with a lot of delicious Christmas puddings and turkey dinners, then why not try a short walking holiday to burn it off.

Location: Church Stretton, Shropshire

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Take a tour of the Peak District Mining Museum

Take a tour of the Peak District Mining Museum

Discover the cramped and hazardous world of a Derbyshire lead miner.

Location: Matlock, Derbyshire

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Kayak the North York Moors Coast with the National Trust

Kayak the North York Moors Coast with the National Trust

Paddle a sea kayak from Boggle Hole to Ravenscar to see the North York Moors’ Coast from a different perspective.

Location: North York Moors, North Yorkshire

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Meet Downton Abbey's farmyard animals at Cogges Manor Farm

Meet Downton Abbey's farmyard animals at Cogges Manor Farm

A place of family fun and learning and one of the idyllic settings for ITV’s Downton Abbey, Cogges is a wonderful family attraction in Oxfordshire.

Location: Witney, Oxfordshire

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Come nose-to-beak with some of the world’s rarest waterbirds

Come nose-to-beak with some of the world’s rarest waterbirds

WWT Washington Wetland Centre shows the wonders of the wetlands, with stunning scenery and encounters with some of the world’s rarest waterbirds.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

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Lose yourself within the majestic rooms of Forde Abbey

Lose yourself within the majestic rooms of Forde Abbey

Pay a visit to Forde Abbey, which was recently the venue for filming a major scene in the 2015 film Far from the Madding Crowd.

Location: Chard, Somerset

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Take an adventurous tour of the Lake District

Take an adventurous tour of the Lake District

Ancient history, amazing views, beautiful gardens and the World Owl Trust are yours to explore on this exciting day tour.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

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Grab your bike for a cycling tour of the Cotswolds

Grab your bike for a cycling tour of the Cotswolds

Get off the beaten track with a Cotswolds Adventures guided cycling tour in the summer sun. Meander through lanes, villages, and stunning countryside.

Location: Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

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Learn the traditional art of Well Dressing

Learn the traditional art of Well Dressing

Take part in the tradition of Well Dressing, the Peak District’s colourful summertime spectacle.

Location: Peak District, Derbyshire

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Enjoy a weekend break in picturesque Helmsley

Enjoy a weekend break in picturesque Helmsley

For a National Park town known historically for its castle and market, Helmsley these days is more about makeovers, macchiatos and boutique beds.

Location: Helmsley, North Yorkshire

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Pedal along 100 miles of off-road cycling tracks

Pedal along 100 miles of off-road cycling tracks

Pedal the extensive, year-round network of cycling routes criss-crossing the woodland, heathland and quiet country roads of the New Forest.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

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Thrills on the hills in Dorset

Thrills on the hills in Dorset

Get your heart racing with some high-octane fun in the Dorset countryside.

Location: Dorchester, Dorset

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Discover, explore, taste and enjoy at the Suffolk Show

Discover, explore, taste and enjoy at the Suffolk Show

Take your family on a weekend break for hours of fun, stimulation and entertainment at Suffolk’s biggest and barmiest event in June near Ipswich.

Location: Ipswich, Suffolk

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Explore the River Wye by canoe

Explore the River Wye by canoe

Spring is one of the most picturesque times of year to navigate the Wye Valley by water.

Location: Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

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The father of the Chinese Methodist Church

The father of the Chinese Methodist Church

Leading international missionary Reverend George Piercy spent most of his life in China but his important journey began and ended in Pickering.

Location: Lockton, nr Pickering, North Yorkshire

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