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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Explore the rooms and grounds of Snowshill Manor

Explore the rooms and grounds of Snowshill Manor

From suits of Samurai armour to antique bicycles of all shapes and sizes, there are about 22,000 reasons to take a nose round Snowshill Manor.

Location: Snowshill, Gloucestershire

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Rise above it all with a stay at Chewton Glen’s treehouses

Rise above it all with a stay at Chewton Glen’s treehouses

Escape to your very own luxury treehouse for panoramic views and nature at your fingertips at Chewton Glen.

Location: New Milton, Hampshire

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Walk in the footsteps of the famous Brontë sisters

Walk in the footsteps of the famous Brontë sisters

Explore the beautiful home and surroundings that inspired classic Brontë novels and celebrate the 200th birthday of Charlotte Brontë.

Location: Haworth, West Yorkshire

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Explore Rottingdean, the home of Rudyard Kipling

Explore Rottingdean, the home of Rudyard Kipling

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Rudyard Kipling by visiting his traditional English gardens in Rottingdean, near Brighton and Hove.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Master the Greensand Ridge Walk

Master the Greensand Ridge Walk

Follows a ridge of greensand through on a green path through Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire.

Location: Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

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Learn a craft and hone your skills in rural Lincolnshire

Learn a craft and hone your skills in rural Lincolnshire

Stay in beautifully restored 18th century stables in rural Lincolnshire and learn something new on a day-long course during your visit.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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Sample wines at the scenic Sedlescombe Organic Vineyards

Sample wines at the scenic Sedlescombe Organic Vineyards

Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard is one of the most idyllic tourist attraction locations in 1066 Country, near Hastings.

Location: Sedlescombe, East Sussex

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Take a walk with the wildlife in the Lake District

Take a walk with the wildlife in the Lake District

Keep your eyes peeled and cameras at the ready for some serious Cumbrian wildlife spotting.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

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See stunning views of autumn colour in South Downs’ woodland

See stunning views of autumn colour in South Downs’ woodland

Be surrounded by woodland in glorious autumn colour when you walk in the footsteps of the father of ecology, Gilbert White.

Location: Selborne near Alton, Hampshire

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A Tale of Two Gardens and a Lasting Friendship

A Tale of Two Gardens and a Lasting Friendship

Experience two world-famous gardens just 6 minutes’ walk from each other - the Arts and Crafts masterpiece Hidcote Manor and historic Kiftsgate Court.

Location: Gloucestershire

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Discover a different Yorkshire- afloat

Discover a different Yorkshire- afloat

Discover a new world with Shire Cruisers - steering a beautifully fitted narrow boat with everything you need, past ever-changing Pennine scenery.

Location: Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire

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Go wine tasting at Ryedale Vineyards

Go wine tasting at Ryedale Vineyards

Sample wines from England’s most northerly vineyard.

Location: York, Yorkshire

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Be wowed by Abbotsbury's Enchanted Illuminations

Be wowed by Abbotsbury's Enchanted Illuminations

Discover an illuminated wonderland and brace yourself for Fright Nights at one of Dorset’s finest annual events

Location: Abbotsbury, Dorset

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Take on the challenging Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail

Take on the challenging Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail

Follow in the footsteps of an Emperor along the Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail.

Location: Wallsend, Tyne and Wear

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Spot Wiltshire’s unique flora and fauna on a nature trek

Spot Wiltshire’s unique flora and fauna on a nature trek

Let yourself be guided around some of Wiltshire’s hidden nature spots, including the extensive grasslands and nature trails of Salisbury Plain.

Location: Wiltshire

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Pack a year of adventures into a Peak District break

Pack a year of adventures into a Peak District break

Treat your family to a four-star break in luxury log cabins, enjoy safe cycling and feed the animals on a working Derbyshire farm.

Location: Brassington, Derbyshire

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Get lost in Wistow Maze's three miles of pathways

Get lost in Wistow Maze's three miles of pathways

Pay a summer visit to the famous Wistow Maze, shops, gallery and model village at the Rural Centre and explore the surrounding countryside.

Location: Wistow, Leicestershire

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Unearth Dartmoor's ancient history

Unearth Dartmoor's ancient history

Marvel at the best examples of prehistoric archaeology in Western Europe, including Bronze Age settlements, standing stones and circles.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

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Get closer to wildlife at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Get closer to wildlife at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Birdwatching just got really, really wild at the WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre.

Location: Slimbridge, Gloucestershire

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Lunch with the deer at Bradgate Park

Lunch with the deer at Bradgate Park

If you’d like a little history with your sandwiches then take your picnic to Bradgate Park.

Location: Newtown Linford, Leicestershire

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