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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Journey from coast to coast across England

Journey from coast to coast across England

A journey from coast to coast across Northern England takes you through stunning scenery and is an adventure you can make on foot or by bike.

Location: Various, North Yorkshire

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Enjoy romance at Lacock and Lucknam Park

Enjoy romance at Lacock and Lucknam Park

Close to stunning Lacock is five star spa hotel Lucknam Park, nestled in 500 acres of parkland, with Michelin-star dining and riding centre.

Location: Chippenham, Wiltshire

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Visit the most filmed county in England

Visit the most filmed county in England

Be part of a film set in Buckinghamshire and visit the backdrops of famous film – from Bond to Bridget Jones, Harry Potter to Sherlock Holmes.

Location: Various locations, Buckinghamshire

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Go wild for the nature and wildlife of the Cotswolds

Go wild for the nature and wildlife of the Cotswolds

Experience the wild beauty of Batsford Arboretum in Moreton in Marsh and the sight of rare birds of prey soaring over the surrounding Cotswolds hills.

Location: Moreton In Marsh, Gloucestershire

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Be captivated by the grandeur of Chatsworth

Be captivated by the grandeur of Chatsworth

With its palatial surrounds and starring role in Pride & Prejudice, Chatsworth House is one of the Peak District’s most celebrated destinations.

Location: Bakewell, Derbyshire

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Hop aboard the South Devon Railway

Hop aboard the South Devon Railway

The South Devon Railway is the West Country's oldest heritage steam railway, transporting you back in time to the golden age of steam.

Location: Devon

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Live the high life in Cheshire’s villages

Live the high life in Cheshire’s villages

With high-end boutiques, swanky eateries and millionaire footballers, Cheshire’s ‘Golden Triangle’ brings exclusive city treats to the countryside.

Location: Cheshire

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Enjoy fresh, local produce on The Vale Trail

Enjoy fresh, local produce on The Vale Trail

Have a unique horticultural experience in one of England's most fertile lands. Sample fresh produce from local food and drink producers.

Location: Evesham, Worcestershire

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Push your Limits at Adrenaline Quarry

Push your Limits at Adrenaline Quarry

Adrenaline Quarry. Throwing people off cliffs since 2009. Come and get your heart racing at Cornwall's high-flying adventure park.

Location: The Tamar Valley, Plymouth, Devon

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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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Take on the challenge of the Go Ape! Tree Top Adventure

Take on the challenge of the Go Ape! Tree Top Adventure

Enjoy fun and adventure in the trees, taking on epic zip wires, Tarzan swings, rope ladders and a variety of obstacles.

Location: Wendover, Buckinghamshire

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Escape on a winter family getaway at Middle Farm Cottages

Escape on a winter family getaway at Middle Farm Cottages

Enjoy a family holiday at Middle Farm Cottages, where you can get to know their growing range of farm animals and escape from the daily grind.

Location: Church Stretton, Shropshire

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Volunteer on a working weekend in The National Forest

Volunteer on a working weekend in The National Forest

New experiences, new skills, new friends, and a break from everyday living all come free to National Forest Conservation volunteers.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

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Sample Cornwall's Mouthwatering Delicacies

Sample Cornwall's Mouthwatering Delicacies

Cornwall is no longer a land of just pasties and cream teas, although they’re still pretty delicious. Discover its secrets on a Cornish break.

Location: Cornwall

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Keeping it in the family at Castle Howard

Keeping it in the family at Castle Howard

The Howard family has called Castle Howard home for 300 years but their house is your house as you explore one of Yorkshire’s finest historic estates.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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Explore the Natural Beauty of North Wessex Downs

Explore the Natural Beauty of North Wessex Downs

Enjoy the English countryside on foot, on horseback or on bike in the North Wessex Downs Area of Natural Beauty.

Location: Wiltshire

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Experience the Wiltshire countryside at different speeds

Experience the Wiltshire countryside at different speeds

With three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and over 8,200 footpaths within its borders, Wiltshire provides a breath-taking backdrop for outdoor adventure.

Location: Wiltshire

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Calvert Trust Exmoor

Calvert Trust Exmoor

Calvert Trust Exmoor allows guests with disabilities of any type to experience exciting adventurous activities, the Devon countryside and the local attractions.

Location: Barnstaple, Devon

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Uncover the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

Uncover the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

For lovers of the great outdoors, the Sculpture Trail at Beechenhurst showcases giant pieces created from materials you might find in the Forest.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

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See The National Forest in bloom at Yoxall Lodge

See The National Forest in bloom at Yoxall Lodge

Too many hours indoors during winter’s gloomy days and you’re looking to break out into spring’s fresh air and lengthening daylight hours.

Location: Yoxall, Staffordshire

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