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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Set off on an electric bike adventure around the Durham Dales

Set off on an electric bike adventure around the Durham Dales

Leave the car behind and head off on an electric bike to explore the breath-taking North Pennines, discovering award-winning attractions and delicious food and drink along the way.

Location: Durham Dales

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Get fit on a five star activity break in the Wye Valley

Get fit on a five star activity break in the Wye Valley

Feel fitter this spring with an invigorating active break held by Way2Go Adventures in the inspiring Wye Valley.

Location: Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

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Close the summer festival season in style at Bestival

Close the summer festival season in style at Bestival

If you are looking for an eclectic mix of music, cabaret and entertainment then this is the festival for you.

Location: Dorset

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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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Explore the picturesque Mottisfont House and Garden

Explore the picturesque Mottisfont House and Garden

What’s better than a summer’s stroll amid ancient trees and rolling lawns? Enjoy the splendour of one of Hampshire’s greatest country houses –Mottisfont.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

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Enjoy a right royal bike ride in Norfolk

Enjoy a right royal bike ride in Norfolk

Grab your bike and head to Norfolk for the perfect cycling break with a royal twist.

Location: Norfolk

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Goodleaf Tree Climbing

Goodleaf Tree Climbing

Take to the trees with Goodleaf and get a different perspective of the Isle of Wight.

Location: Ryde, Isle of Wight

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Ride and seek on a summer holiday in Nottinghamshire

Ride and seek on a summer holiday in Nottinghamshire

Get off the beaten track and discover the woods and wilds of Nottinghamshire with an adventure holiday on two wheels.

Location: Worksop, Nottinghamshire

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Walk in the footsteps of Romans at Chedworth Roman Villa

Walk in the footsteps of Romans at Chedworth Roman Villa

Discover 4th-century Roman England at Chedworth.

Location: Fossebridge, Gloucestershire

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Walk barefoot through The National Forest at CONKERS

Walk barefoot through The National Forest at CONKERS

England’s woodland has always teemed with activity, and you’ll find more than enough at CONKERS.

Location: Swadlincote, Derbyshire

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Take a wildlife safari in The Broads National Park

Take a wildlife safari in The Broads National Park

From the reeds to the trees, get up close to nature and see an incredible 11,000 species, the highest concentration of rare wildlife in England.

Location: Strumpshaw Fen, near Norwich, Norfolk

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Escape to a romantic rural retreat at Champneys spa

Escape to a romantic rural retreat at Champneys spa

Enjoy some time out for just the two of you with a sumptuous pampering and walking break in the heart of Hampshire’s countryside.

Location: Liphook, Hampshire

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Cross the heart of Wiltshire by bike

Cross the heart of Wiltshire by bike

The Kennet & Avon Canal makes a safe and tranquil cycle route across the centre of Wiltshire.

Location: Wiltshire

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See flowers in bloom at The Savill Garden

See flowers in bloom at The Savill Garden

Enliven your senses with a walk around one of Britain's finest ornamental gardens.

Location: Windsor, Berkshire

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Wildlife skills and forest fun in the South Downs

Wildlife skills and forest fun in the South Downs

Family holidays in the South Downs National Park are perfect for venturing out into the fresh air, to learn about camping, nature and wildlife.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Kayak the North York Moors Coast with the National Trust

Kayak the North York Moors Coast with the National Trust

Paddle a sea kayak from Boggle Hole to Ravenscar to see the North York Moors’ Coast from a different perspective.

Location: North York Moors, North Yorkshire

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Exploring rural Herefordshire

Exploring rural Herefordshire

Cider, swans and spectacular views. Three reasons why you’ll love Herefordshire.

Location: Herefordshire

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Discover Gibside Park in Gateshead

Discover Gibside Park in Gateshead

An authentic Mongolian camping experience a short drive outside of NewcastleGateshead’s bustling urban centre; welcome to West Wood Yurts at Gibside.

Location: Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

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Experience the medieval romance of Haddon Hall

Experience the medieval romance of Haddon Hall

Grab a loved one and visit one of the oldest and most romantic Tudor houses in Britain.

Location: Bakewell, Derbyshire

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Explore Malmesbury and Abbey House Gardens

Explore Malmesbury and Abbey House Gardens

Discover the hilltop town of Malmesbury, with beautiful walks and spectacular gardens, it's the ideal place to unwind.

Location: Malmesbury, Wiltshire

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