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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Blow away the cobwebs and explore the new Ullswater Way

Blow away the cobwebs and explore the new Ullswater Way

The Ullswater Way is a stunning 20-mile walking route around one of the Lake Districts most beautiful lakes.

Location: Ullswater, Cumbria

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Wicked wildlife at Avon Heath Country Park

Wicked wildlife at Avon Heath Country Park

Miles of tracks at Avon Heath Country Park offer an opportunity to explore Dorset's internationally important heathland and its rare wildlife.

Location: St Leonards, Dorset

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On location with the world’s most popular heritage railway

On location with the world’s most popular heritage railway

Ride along with the North Yorkshire Moors Railway as it takes a starring role, from Dad’s Army to Harry Potter.

Location: Goathland, North Yorkshire

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Explore Blue John Cavern

Explore Blue John Cavern

Take your own journey to the centre of the earth in search of the mysterious Blue John - originally discovered by the Romans.

Location: Castleton, Derbyshire

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Quirky by name, delicious by nature

Quirky by name, delicious by nature

Explore the Peak District National Park around Meltham in West Yorkshire then settle down to a relaxed fine dining experience at The Quirky Corner.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

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Star gazing like a Roman at Cawfields Roman Wall

Star gazing like a Roman at Cawfields Roman Wall

Built in AD122 Hadrian’s Wall was once the largest frontier in the Roman Empire and remained that way for 300 years.

Location: Haltwhistle, Northumberland

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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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Picnic on a former colliery site in the National Forest

Picnic on a former colliery site in the National Forest

A location with a difference, Oakthorpe Colliery closed in 1990 and has become a 3-hectare, prime picnic site in naturally-regenerated woodland in The National Forest.

Location: Donisthorpe, near Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

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Welcome spring and its cuckoos at the Downton Cuckoo Fair

Welcome spring and its cuckoos at the Downton Cuckoo Fair

Maypole and morris dancing, craft stalls and Wiltshire’s farm produce are just some of the many things you’ll find at this free event in May.

Location: Downton, Wiltshire

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Spring into life on an activity break in the Peak District

Spring into life on an activity break in the Peak District

Set your pulse racing with a breathtaking adventure amid rugged moorland, rolling dales, majestic rock faces and mysterious caves.

Location: Bamford, Derbyshire

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Take a walk round Cumbria with Jennings Adventure Ale Trails

Take a walk round Cumbria with Jennings Adventure Ale Trails

Stunning scenery, cosy accommodation, good food and real ale are all on offer with Jennings Adventure Ales trails in the Lake District.

Location: Ambleside, Cumbria

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Escape to Port Isaac for a coastal break

Escape to Port Isaac for a coastal break

Port Isaac is a traditional fishing village with a vibrant local community in north Cornwall, home to the TV series Doc Martin starring Martin Clunes.

Location: Port Issac, Cornwall

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Feed your soul at the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey

Feed your soul at the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey

Medieval monks chose a serene valley in the North York Moors National Park to establish an abbey that became the richest and most powerful in England.

Location: Helmsley, North Yorkshire

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Wild Swimming in Grassington

Wild Swimming in Grassington

Grassington is an idyllic little Dales market town with a cobbled square, quirky shops and cosy pubs.

Location: Grassignton, North Yorkshire

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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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Explore enchanting Rosemoor in the Torridge Valley

Explore enchanting Rosemoor in the Torridge Valley

At Rosemoor in Devon, sharply clipped hedges, textural grasses and plants carefully chosen for winter interest ensure beauty on even the chilliest of days.

Location: Great Torrington, Devon

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Plan a picture perfect picnic in Yorkshire

Plan a picture perfect picnic in Yorkshire

Picnic in beautiful rolling parkland or by a woodland river and enjoy a free museum visit.

Location: Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

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Cross the great viaduct to historic Knaresborough

Cross the great viaduct to historic Knaresborough

Mysterious caves, a medieval castle and a magical spring that turns objects to stone are just a few reasons to visit this gorgeous riverside town.

Location: Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

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Bushcraft Course in Somerset

Bushcraft Course in Somerset

A lesson in living off the land.

Location: Somerset

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Enjoy a blissful autumn break at Studford Luxury Lodges

Enjoy a blissful autumn break at Studford Luxury Lodges

Escape from the hustle and bustle and make the most of autumn tranquillity on both the Yorkshire Coast & North York Moors.

Location: Ampleforth, North Yorkshire

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