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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.

Rural retreats

Countryside

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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Celebrate the Golden Age of Steam in Shropshire

Celebrate the Golden Age of Steam in Shropshire

Journey back to the days of train whistles and locomotives as the Severn Valley Railway celebrate its Golden Jubilee.

Location: Bridgnorth, Shropshire

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Get into green camping in the Cotswolds

Get into green camping in the Cotswolds

Camp out amongst elderflowers and starlight at Thistledown Campsite. Acres of idyllic woodland surround your tent, waiting to be explored for free.

Location: Nympsfield, Gloucestershire

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Discover a perfect rural escape fit for a Queen

Discover a perfect rural escape fit for a Queen

Explore Nottinghamshire's Pilgrim Country before a fireside retreat of afternoon tea, exquisite dining and a secluded courtyard room at Ye Olde Bell.

Location: Worksop, Nottinghamshire

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Follow in the footsteps of Tolkien on the Tolkien Trail

Follow in the footsteps of Tolkien on the Tolkien Trail

From the twin towers of Stonyhurst College to the dramatic countryside of the Ribble Valley, follow in the footsteps of JRR Tolkien.

Location: Hurst Green, Lancashire

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Take in 'Swallows and Amazons' landscapes on a relaxing cruise

Take in 'Swallows and Amazons' landscapes on a relaxing cruise

Take a trip around the landscape used in the film ‘Swallows and Amazons’ and discover what inspired Arthur Ransome to write his famous book.

Location: Derwentwater, Cumbria

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Visit one of Capability Brown’s finest landscapes

Visit one of Capability Brown’s finest landscapes

Celebrate Capability Brown’s tercentenary as you explore 42 acres of Sherborne Castle's beautiful gardens and soak up the beauty, peace and tranquility of this natural setting.

Location: Sherborne, Dorset

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Discover Biddenden Vineyards in Kent

Discover Biddenden Vineyards in Kent

Making wine in the Garden of England.

Location: Biddenden, Kent

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Follow Sherlock Holmes around Dartmoor

Follow Sherlock Holmes around Dartmoor

Visit the eerie place that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to write Hound of the Baskervilles.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

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Take an adventurous tour of the Lake District

Take an adventurous tour of the Lake District

Ancient history, amazing views, beautiful gardens and the World Owl Trust are yours to explore on this exciting day tour.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

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See Devon from the Back of a Horse

See Devon from the Back of a Horse

Horses are such a large part of the history and culture of Devon, with the county unsurpassed for the beauty and quality of its landscape.

Location: Devon

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Fall in love with historic houses and gardens

Fall in love with historic houses and gardens

Be warned! After a visit to the splendid historic houses and gardens around Barnsley, you may wish to move in and live the life of a lord or lady.

Location: Barnsley, South Yorkshire

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Get back to nature whilst glamping in a shepherd’s hut

Get back to nature whilst glamping in a shepherd’s hut

A stone’s throw from Kielder Water and Forest Park, PoSHHuts in Falstone is an oasis of indulgence – a perfect glamping getaway in Northumberland.

Location: Falstone, Northumberland

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Explore Hadrian's Wall by bike, bus and on foot

Explore Hadrian's Wall by bike, bus and on foot

Start your discovery of Hadrian’s Wall in Cumbria, northwest England, and absorb stunning scenery as you journey east.

Location: Hadrian's Wall

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Go off road trail riding with Pewsey Vale Riding Centre

Go off road trail riding with Pewsey Vale Riding Centre

Take to some of Wiltshire's finest riding trails for superb views of the monuments of the county.

Location: Marlborough , Wiltshire

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How did the leopard get his spots? Visit Rudyard Kipling’s home

How did the leopard get his spots? Visit Rudyard Kipling’s home

Explore Bateman's, the 17th century home of the Jungle Book and The Just So Stories author, nestled in the leafy Sussex Weald.

Location: Burwash, East Sussex

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Stop for afternoon tea at The Meadowside Farm Café

Stop for afternoon tea at The Meadowside Farm Café

Grab a bite to eat at this café in rural Frome, famous for its breakfasts, brunches and excellent afternoon teas.

Location: Frome, Somerset

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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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Uncover history and heritage at Blenheim Palace

Uncover history and heritage at Blenheim Palace

Home to the 12th Duke Marlborough & birthplace of Winston Churchill, Blenheim is a super family day out.

Location: Woodstock, Oxfordshire

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Book a tandem skydive over the Wiltshire countryside

Book a tandem skydive over the Wiltshire countryside

Take life to the extreme with Skydive Netheravon.

Location: Netheravon, Wiltshire

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Walk between the Islands at Low Tide

Walk between the Islands at Low Tide

On extreme low tides, walk the channel between Tresco and Bryher and take in the magnificent views across the sands.

Location: Isles of Scilly

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