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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Take time to unwind at the Mill Wheel Spa

Take time to unwind at the Mill Wheel Spa

Shake of the winter blues and relax with a weekend of pampering at the Mill Wheel Spa.

Location: Blackshaw Moor, Staffordshire

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Hack across Wiltshire countryside with Rein and Shine

Hack across Wiltshire countryside with Rein and Shine

Enjoy the Wiltshire bridleways at Rein and Shine Riding School, who provide traffic free, safe riding.

Location: Braydon, Wiltshire

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Trip-trap along the troll’s trail

Trip-trap along the troll’s trail

This family-friendly cycle and walking path encompasses an exciting trail of artwork, sculpture and trolls under bridges.

Location: Newport, Isle of Wight

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Explore the autumnal landscape of The Forest of Dean

Explore the autumnal landscape of The Forest of Dean

With miles of tracks and footpaths to explore, The Forest of Dean offers endless pleasure for walkers, whether it's a 30 minute gentle stroll or a two hour ramble.

Location: Coleford, Gloucestershire

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Take your four-legged friend on a holiday to Wiltshire

Take your four-legged friend on a holiday to Wiltshire

Like to holiday with your dog? Enjoy a dog-friendly break in Wiltshire this winter.

Location: Wiltshire

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Lace up your boots for Dursley’s Walking Festival

Lace up your boots for Dursley’s Walking Festival

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the undiscovered south Cotswolds and take part in the annual Dursley Walking Festival, taking place each October.

Location: Dursley, Gloucestershire

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Explore the past at Elsecar village

Explore the past at Elsecar village

Set within the attractive conservation village of Elsecar is Elsecar Heritage Centre, a unique attraction and a working hub of industry to explore.

Location: Elsecar, South Yorkshire

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Go on a Swallows and Amazons style adventure

Go on a Swallows and Amazons style adventure

Explore the sparkling, lock-free waterways of the Broads National Park, get up close to wildlife and kick back at a waterside pub for lunch.

Location: Stalham, Norfolk

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Walk through Cumbria’s history and gardens

Walk through Cumbria’s history and gardens

Be dazzled by the beauty of the Lake District’s historic houses and gardens, and gain a sense of the area’s fascinating past and present.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

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Strap your boots on for the Cotswold Way National Trail

Strap your boots on for the Cotswold Way National Trail

Escape this summer and walk the Cotswold Way with friends, stopping over along the route at unique accommodation sites nestled in tranquil locations.

Location: Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

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Sample locally grown food at Vallum

Sample locally grown food at Vallum

Enjoy a trip to Vallum - the artisan gateway to Hadrian's Wall with locally food grown by Northumbrian neighbours.

Location: Corbridge, 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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Discover the Isle of Eels in Ely

Discover the Isle of Eels in Ely

Visit the cathedral city of Ely, and discover why the humble eel is so important in its history, as you walk its unique Eel Trail.

Location: Ely, Cambridgeshire

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Discover the secret garden of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Discover the secret garden of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Pay a visit to Anne Hathaway’s family home - the place William Shakespeare courted his future wife.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Enjoy a tranquil break in a renovated railway carriage

Enjoy a tranquil break in a renovated railway carriage

Stay in your own 1st Class carriage at Coalport Station in the stunning Ironbridge Gorge.

Location: Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire

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Take a stroll past the castle ruins

Take a stroll past the castle ruins

Take the path along the Peddars Way, and on to the tranquil Nar Valley Way to witness the spectacular 12th century Castle Acre Priory ruins on foot.

Location: King's Lynn, Norfolk

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Enjoy a touch of class in a riverside Cotswold inn

Enjoy a touch of class in a riverside Cotswold inn

The kind of place you dream of but seldom find – an old stone inn, full of charm and history, in the beautiful Cotswold village of Burford.

Location: Burford, Oxfordshire

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Spot Poldark at Chavenage House

Spot Poldark at Chavenage House

Come and see 'Trenwith', the Poldark family home, actually 'played' by Chavenage House in Tetbury and you may spot Aiden Turner as Ross Poldark!

Location: Tetbury, Gloucestershire

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Get an adrenaline kick in Dartmoor National Park

Get an adrenaline kick in Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor is the place to get your adventure kicks, from cycling to climbing to white water kayaking.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

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Boating on the River Thames

Boating on the River Thames

Discover Windsor from a river’s eye view with all sorts of boating options.

Location: Berkshire

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