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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Enjoy autumn walks along Snettisham Nature Reserve

Enjoy autumn walks along Snettisham Nature Reserve

Head to Snettisham Nature Reserve and be treated to a sight of tens of thousands of pink-footed geese taking to the air at the same time.

Location: Snettisham, Norfolk

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Have a wild time at Wild Park Derbyshire

Have a wild time at Wild Park Derbyshire

Situated in the heart of Derbyshire, Wild Park Derbyshire is a great place to unleash your inner thrill seeker.

Location: Brailsford, Derbyshire

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Explore Romney Marsh

Explore Romney Marsh

This patch of pristine wetland near the south east coast covers a whopping 100 square miles and is packed with wildlife – including the curious ‘laughing frogs’.

Location: Romney Marsh, Kent

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Experience wine-making the way it always was

Experience wine-making the way it always was

Enjoy an organic tipple among the vines of an English country gem.

Location: Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire

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Head off-road on two wheels in Sherwood Forest

Head off-road on two wheels in Sherwood Forest

From family cycle trails to extreme mountain biking, Sherwood Pines Forest offers the best when it comes to getting active on two wheels.

Location: Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

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Explore captivating Alnwick Castle

Explore captivating Alnwick Castle

Walk through history and admire world-class art at this fascinating castle, then stroll through spectacular floral displays at The Alnwick Garden.

Location: Alnwick, Northumberland

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Discover Newmarket, the home of English horseracing

Discover Newmarket, the home of English horseracing

Horses have been bred, trained and raced in Newmarket since the 11th century, turning this once peaceful Suffolk town into the sport’s spiritual home.

Location: Newmarket, Suffolk

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Discover Suffolk’s Towers and Spires on a free cycling tour

Discover Suffolk’s Towers and Spires on a free cycling tour

Spend a cycling holiday in the Suffolk’s unspoilt countryside. You won’t travel far without seeing a soaring tower or spire of an ancient church.

Location: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

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Trek across the North York Moors with a team of huskies

Trek across the North York Moors with a team of huskies

Set out on an intrepid adventure holiday with Pesky Husky, an adrenalin-pumping experience for active types looking to feel the wind in their hair.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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Swing through the treetops in Sherwood Forest

Swing through the treetops in Sherwood Forest

Connect with your inner monkey as you swing through the trees at Go Ape in Sherwood Forest.

Location: Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

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Follow in the footsteps of 18th Century tourists at Stowe

Follow in the footsteps of 18th Century tourists at Stowe

Explore Capability Brown’s first major commission incorporating over 40 historic monuments.

Location: Stowe, Buckinghamshire

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Sample the best of Dartmoor's local food and drink

Sample the best of Dartmoor's local food and drink

Enjoy a taste of Dartmoor National Park, home to some of the best local produce in England.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

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Go animal kwackers in Devon

Go animal kwackers in Devon

Make some new furry friends down in Devon this summer.

Location: Bideford, Devon

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The Orange Tree in Rosedale Abbey

The Orange Tree in Rosedale Abbey

Looking after your body doesn’t need to involve colonic irrigation and strenuous yoga workouts.

Location: Near Pickering, North Yorkshire

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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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Relax in a day's birding at Langford Lakes

Relax in a day's birding at Langford Lakes

Open bodies of water are a rarity in south Wiltshire, making Langford Lakes nature reserve an attractive stopping-off point for a host of wild birds.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

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Discover one of Norfolk’s hidden market towns

Discover one of Norfolk’s hidden market towns

Pull on your walking boots and get to know Loddon, a charming riverside town just 10 miles from Norwich.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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Cycle The Two Tunnels Circuit of Bath

Cycle The Two Tunnels Circuit of Bath

The Two Tunnels path has transformed a stretch of disused railway line into a walking and cycling track complete with music and light installations.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Recreate the real Alice in Wonderland’s river trip

Recreate the real Alice in Wonderland’s river trip

Take an Oxford River Cruise trip along the Thames just like the real Alice in Wonderland many years ago.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Enjoy a feast fit for a King

Enjoy a feast fit for a King

Windsor has a wealth of world class cuisine, and is home to half of the United Kingdom’s triple starred Michelin restaurants.

Location: Bray, Berkshire

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