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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Go wild camping in the Northumberland Countryside

Go wild camping in the Northumberland Countryside

Be close to nature as you enjoy an overnight camping experience with the experts at Badger and the Bear Outdoor Adventure Camp.

Location: Amble, Northumberland

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Outdoor adventures in the North York Moors

Outdoor adventures in the North York Moors

Gee up the family with a high-octane adventure holiday in the North York Moors – you never know what you can do until you try.

Location: North York Moors, North Yorkshire

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Explore a Secluded Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Explore a Secluded Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The Isles of Scilly are like nowhere else in England. Outstandingly beautiful, uncrowded and unspoilt, arrive on the Isles and unwind.

Location: Isles of Scilly

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Family fun at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Family fun at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

The appeal of Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens goes way beyond its remarkable wildlife collection to breeding programmes and exuberant gardens.

Location: Burford, Oxfordshire

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Explore the pretty village of Thornton Le Dale

Explore the pretty village of Thornton Le Dale

When we tell you that this place is a chocolate box village, we’re really not joking.

Location: Thornton Le Dale, North Yorkshire

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Get up close with the farm animals at Staunton Country Park

Get up close with the farm animals at Staunton Country Park

Come and meet friendly farm animals, have a rainforest experience in Victorian glasshouses or get lost in the maze.

Location: Havant, Hampshire

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Walk Cheshire’s beautiful Sandstone Trail

Walk Cheshire’s beautiful Sandstone Trail

Take a walk on the wild side discovering the ancient market town of Frodsham, Georgian Whitchurch and everything in between.

Location: Frodsham, Cheshire

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Enjoy fine dining at The Samling

Enjoy fine dining at The Samling

Top grub and sweeping views of Lake Windermere.

Location: Windermere, Cumbria

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Cuddle up in a shepherd’s hut in the English countryside

Cuddle up in a shepherd’s hut in the English countryside

If you’ve ever fancied staying in your very own shepherd's hut, then head to Shakespeare’s England to stay in Farncombe Estate’s new Hilly Huts.

Location: The Cotswolds

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Go shopping for retro clothes on a Cotswolds vintage tour

Go shopping for retro clothes on a Cotswolds vintage tour

Visit the Cotswolds and discover vintage treasures on a carefully designed retro-themed driving tour.

Location: Tewkesbury or Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

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Retreat to your very own wood cabin in the forest

Retreat to your very own wood cabin in the forest

Double sunken baths, riverside walks and panoramic views make this luxury forest retreat a truly romantic destination.

Location: Shadwell, Norfolk

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Explore an oasis of horticultural splendour

Explore an oasis of horticultural splendour

Colchester's distinctive heritage comes to life at Castle Park. This site of national importance contains evidence of 2000 years of history.

Location: Colchester, Essex

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Stay in an eco-lodge at Somerleyton Estate

Stay in an eco-lodge at Somerleyton Estate

Wake up surrounded by nature in an eco-lodge on the banks of tranquil Fritton Lake.

Location: Lowestoft, Suffolk

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Get befuddled at BeWILDerwood

Get befuddled at BeWILDerwood

Delve into an adventurous world of make-believe, inspired by local children’s author, Tom Blofeld.

Location: Hoveton, Norfolk

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Celebrate the golden age of beer in Kent

Celebrate the golden age of beer in Kent

The Faversham Hop Festival is a unique family event that commemorates the golden days of hop-picking with two days of live music, dancing, great food and hops, hops, hops!

Location: Faversham, Kent

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Walk alongside donkeys in Clovelly Village

Walk alongside donkeys in Clovelly Village

Take a peek back in time as you wander the historical fishing village of Clovelly in North Devon.

Location: Clovelly, Devon

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Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs AONB

Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs AONB

Experience rural England on a visit to Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Location: Wiltshire

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Take a brisk winter walk and curl up in a cosy pub

Take a brisk winter walk and curl up in a cosy pub

Wrap up for a winter stroll, warm up in front of a real fire, have a great meal and then admire the starry skies.

Location: Appletreewick, Yorkshire Dales National Park

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Enjoy hearty grub at the Feathered Nest Country Inn

Enjoy hearty grub at the Feathered Nest Country Inn

The Feathered Nest Country Inn is a 3 AA Rosette modern British country pub, restaurant and inn set in the picturesque village of Nether Westcote.

Location: Nether Westcote, Oxfordshire

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Cruise though the Wiltshire countryside in a vintage car

Cruise though the Wiltshire countryside in a vintage car

Discover the England you love on a vintage car break in Wiltshire.

Location: Melksham, Wiltshire

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