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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Wiltshire ale, local produce, fantastic food and much more

Wiltshire ale, local produce, fantastic food and much more

Calling all foodies - enjoy a break at the Three Daggers with boutique accommodation, excellent seasonal food and the promise of a good pint.

Location: Westbury, Wiltshire

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Explore the Forge Valley

Explore the Forge Valley

A walk through 165 million years of history.

Location: Forge Valley, North Yorkshire 

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Let off steam at Muddy Good Fun

Let off steam at Muddy Good Fun

Spend a day swinging from the trees on the ropes course, testing your skills on the quad trek course, and honing your skills as the next Robin Hood.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

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Wander like Wordsworth around Ullswater

Wander like Wordsworth around Ullswater

Take a trip to Ullswater and enjoy the fabulous lake and the crowd of golden daffodils which inspired the poet William Wordsworth.

Location: Ullswater, Cumbria

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World-class spirits on the edge of Bassenthwaite Lake

World-class spirits on the edge of Bassenthwaite Lake

With a fascinating tour, a bistro serving flavoursome food and beautiful lakeside scenery, there are many reasons to visit The Lakes Distillery.

Location: Bassenthwaite Lake, Cumbria

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See flowers in bloom at Jessamine Cottage Gardens

See flowers in bloom at Jessamine Cottage Gardens

Jessamine Garden is a taste of New Zealand country gardens brought right to the heart of rural Shropshire.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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Mix culture and countryside at Sussex Walking Festival

Mix culture and countryside at Sussex Walking Festival

Discover ancient woodland, the rolling South Downs and vineyard tours, in one of the fascinating walks at this annual Coast & Country Walking Festival.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Sail away with the view at your very own lakeside boathouse

Sail away with the view at your very own lakeside boathouse

Nestled in the grounds of Middleton Hall near Belford, in Northumberland, the Boathouse is a quirky yet lovely little hideaway for two.

Location: Belford, Northumberland

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Take a break on a narrowboat cruiser

Take a break on a narrowboat cruiser

Lock, stock and swing bridge.

Location: Rochdale, Lancashire

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Feel Regal in Great Chalfield Manor

Feel Regal in Great Chalfield Manor

Step onto the set of 'Wolf Hall' on a visit to Great Chalfield Manor, and take in the romance of the medieval house.

Location: Melksham, Wiltshire

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Spend a day exploring the sights in the Wiltshire Cotswolds

Spend a day exploring the sights in the Wiltshire Cotswolds

In the north west of Wiltshire, the Cotswolds encompasses the honey-pot village of Castle Combe and the picturesque market town of Malmesbury.

Location: Wiltshire Cotswolds, Wiltshire

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Glide through the waterways of unspoilt Cheshire

Glide through the waterways of unspoilt Cheshire

Take in quaint villages, welcoming country pubs, majestic industrial heritage sites and even castles on a boat trip through the county’s canals.

Location: Audlem, Cheshire

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Get back to nature at the birthplace of Capability Brown

Get back to nature at the birthplace of Capability Brown

2015 is the 50th anniversary of the Pennine Way, Britain’s first National Trail, and there is no better way to celebrate than walking the route.

Location: Kirkharle, Northumberland

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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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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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Discover the UK's only crocodile zoo

Discover the UK's only crocodile zoo

Come face to face with some of the most feared predators on the planet - Nile crocodiles, American alligators, black caiman and more!

Location: Brize Norton, Oxfordshire

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Discover Newmarket, the home of English horseracing

Discover Newmarket, the home of English horseracing

Horses have been bred, trained and raced in Newmarket since the 11th century, turning this once peaceful Suffolk town into the sport’s spiritual home.

Location: Newmarket, Suffolk

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Brockencote Hall Hotel

Brockencote Hall Hotel

Brockencote Hall Hotel is a country house hotel set in 70 acres of beautiful parkland, complete with a scenic lake.

Location: Kidderminster, Worcestershire

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Feel the Excitement of Treesurfing at The Tamar Valley

Feel the Excitement of Treesurfing at The Tamar Valley

Tree surfing is an adrenaline-pumping, bird’s eye experience. A complex of ladders, rope bridges, zip wires, and walkways are the perfect adventure.

Location: Cornwall

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Enjoy a luxurious camping trip at Crafty Camping

Enjoy a luxurious camping trip at Crafty Camping

Luxury glamping in a beautiful forest setting alongside Guy Mallinson’s Woodland Workshop, featured in the BBC Mastercrafts series.

Location: Holditch, Dorset

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