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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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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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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See huge headliners at Kendal Calling

See huge headliners at Kendal Calling

Kendal Calling is the most fun you can have in the countryside with fields full of activities and attractions.

Location: Penrith, Cumbria

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Have your very own Arthurian adventure

Have your very own Arthurian adventure

Hear stories of history, myth, and ancient wonder from the legends themselves on an epic family-friendly Lake District tour.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

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Relax in the Barley Wood Walled Garden

Relax in the Barley Wood Walled Garden

Visit a creative rural hub where award-winning chefs, talented artists, and an expert organic gardener share a beautiful walled garden in North Somerset.

Location: Wrington, North Somerset

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Romance by a Royal Lake in a Royal Park

Romance by a Royal Lake in a Royal Park

Surprise your loved one by popping the question whilst on a horse drawn carriage ride of Windsor Great Park.

Location: Windsor, Berkshire

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Go ghost hunting in the garden at Tatton Park

Go ghost hunting in the garden at Tatton Park

Chase ghastly ghouls and creepy critters around the garden at Tatton Park in Knutsford. Then visit the Old Hall, the estate’s oldest and most haunted building.

Location: Knutsford, Cheshire

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Up, up and away...

Up, up and away...

Take a hot air balloon flight and drift along with the breeze enjoying stunning landscapes from a new perspective.

Location: Tissington, Derbyshire

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On location with the world’s most popular heritage railway

On location with the world’s most popular heritage railway

Ride along with the North Yorkshire Moors Railway as it takes a starring role, from Dad’s Army to Harry Potter.

Location: Goathland, North Yorkshire

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Explore the ruins of Ashby Castle

Explore the ruins of Ashby Castle

Sir Walter Scott’s classic novel of 1819, Ivanhoe featured Ashby Castle as the backdrop to the famous jousting scenes.

Location: Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

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See thousands of cute puffins on the Farne Islands

See thousands of cute puffins on the Farne Islands

Around 150,000 breeding pairs of seabirds make the Farne Islands their summer home. Take a boat trip to see, and hear, them up close.

Location: Farne Islands, Northumberland

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Herefordshire Cider Route

Herefordshire Cider Route

Cycling and cider makes for a great combination in Herefordshire.

Location: Ledbury, Herefordshire

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Follow in the footsteps of 18th Century tourists at Stowe

Follow in the footsteps of 18th Century tourists at Stowe

Explore Capability Brown’s first major commission incorporating over 40 historic monuments.

Location: Stowe, Buckinghamshire

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Go wild in West Suffolk

Go wild in West Suffolk

Defined by myths, living memories of Anglo Saxons and rugged landscapes, in West Suffolk you can have an adventure.

Location: The Brecks, Suffolk

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Go off road trail riding with Pewsey Vale Riding Centre

Go off road trail riding with Pewsey Vale Riding Centre

Take to some of Wiltshire's finest riding trails for superb views of the monuments of the county.

Location: Marlborough , Wiltshire

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Explore Leicestershire’s beautiful waterways at Foxton Locks

Explore Leicestershire’s beautiful waterways at Foxton Locks

Enjoy summer walks past the colourful narrowboats and along the unique waterways surrounded by Leicestershire’s picturesque countryside.

Location: Market Harborough, Leicestershire

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Enjoy a family Christmas escape at Compton Pool Farm

Enjoy a family Christmas escape at Compton Pool Farm

There’s lots to do at Compton Pool Farm in Devon, from lake fishing and local woodland to explore, it's ideal for a festive family getaway.

Location: Paignton, Devon

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Enjoy two-wheeled winter adventures in the Peak District

Enjoy two-wheeled winter adventures in the Peak District

Marvel at breath-taking views, dramatic passes and sweeping moors on a cycling holiday with Open Road Open Skies.

Location: Peak District, Derbyshire

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Escape to the Lancashire countryside on a romantic spa trip

Escape to the Lancashire countryside on a romantic spa trip

Indulge yourself at Woodland Spa in Lancashire and take your pick from a wealth of relaxing treatments – from facials and manicures to holistic treatments.

Location: Burnley, Lancashire

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Explore four floors of arts and crafts at Farfield Mill

Explore four floors of arts and crafts at Farfield Mill

Four floors of inspiration await you at Farfield Mill, a vibrant arts and heritage centre housed within a restored woollen mill now home to local crafts and arts, a café and displays.

Location: Sedbergh, North Yorkshire

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