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.

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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Discover your wild side at 'Beamish Wild' in Durham

Discover your wild side at 'Beamish Wild' in Durham

Swing from the treetops in ancient woodland, but keep your eyes on the prize as a refreshing real ale awaits in the micro-brewery & restaurant below.

Location: Vale of Durham, Durham

 
Sample wines at the scenic Sedlescombe Organic Vineyards

Sample wines at the scenic Sedlescombe Organic Vineyards

Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard is one of the most idyllic tourist attraction locations in 1066 Country, near Hastings.

Location: Sedlescombe, East Sussex

 
Share a ‘Brief Encounter’ with your loved one in the Lune Valley

Share a ‘Brief Encounter’ with your loved one in the Lune Valley

Embark on a romantic break at the award-winning Castle Inn, right in the heart of Lancashire’s inspirational Lune Valley.

Location: Hornby, Lancashire

 
Take a walk through Tresco Abbey Garden

Take a walk through Tresco Abbey Garden

Tresco Abbey Garden has unique climate conditions that allow for the growth of exotic and unique plant life.

Location: Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

 
Stay at All Stretton Bunkhouse in the Shropshire Hills

Stay at All Stretton Bunkhouse in the Shropshire Hills

Experience the great outdoors with a stay at All Stretton Bunkhouse, nestled deep in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Location: Church Stretton, Shropshire

 
Wet and wild in the Forest

Wet and wild in the Forest

There’s no shortage of wet and wild watersports in the New Forest, from adrenalin-rush RIB rides to gentle paddles and luxury sunset sails.

Location: Lymington, Hampshire

 
Star gaze in Northumberland’s Dark Sky Park

Star gaze in Northumberland’s Dark Sky Park

Home to some of Europe’s darkest night skies, Northumberland has truly spectacular galaxy gazing from atmospheric locations and ancient Roman sites.

Location: Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland

 
Go seal and puffin spotting on the Farne Islands

Go seal and puffin spotting on the Farne Islands

Visit Farne Islands to see thousands of seabirds and a huge Grey seal colony.

Location: Farne Islands, Northumberland

 
Celebrate the golden age of beer in Kent

Celebrate the golden age of beer in Kent

The Faversham Hop Festival is a unique family event that commemorates the golden days of hop-picking with two days of live music, dancing, great food and hops, hops, hops!

Location: Faversham, Kent

 
Dartmoor Zoological Park

Dartmoor Zoological Park

Lions and tigers and meerkats; oh my! Situated in an idyllic Dartmoor setting, visit the home of 'We Bought a Zoo' for wild and wonderful animals.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

 
Discover the Cotswolds and Severn Vale by bike

Discover the Cotswolds and Severn Vale by bike

Discover the south Cotswolds on a new bike route from Nailsworth to Frampton on Severn, enjoying Prema Arts Cafe, Uley Bury and the tranquil canal en route.

Location: Nailsworth, Gloucestershire

 
Discover Cornwall’s rugged landscape on the Poldark Trail

Discover Cornwall’s rugged landscape on the Poldark Trail

Saddle up for Hallagenna’s horse riding trail across Bodmin Moor, taking in some of the stunning filming locations behind the BBC’s Poldark remake.

Location: Cornwall

 
Hear the call of the curlew

Hear the call of the curlew

It is no accident that the emblem for Northumberland National Park is the curlew; high in the hills is one of the best places to see and hear them.

Location: Ingram, Northumberland

 
Stay up late at the zoo on those long summer nights

Stay up late at the zoo on those long summer nights

As West Midland Safari Park opens up late for the whole of August, discover the perfect way to enjoy the lazy, hazy days of summer.

Location: Bewdley, Worcestershire

 
Enjoy a rural break in Hawes in Wensleydale

Enjoy a rural break in Hawes in Wensleydale

Head to Hawes the home of Wensleydale Cheese, admire Hardraw Force waterfall and watch ropes being made in the traditional way.

Location: Hawes, Yorkshire Dales National Park

 
Get competitive on gorgeous coastal golf courses

Get competitive on gorgeous coastal golf courses

Golfers can enjoy north Devon's stunning coast from the golf course at either Saunton Sands or Ilfracombe

Location: Ilfracombe, Devon

 
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

 
Explore Suffolk's most picturesque villages

Explore Suffolk's most picturesque villages

Switch off and retreat to the heart of Suffolk for a refreshing break with country ambles and relaxing evenings in front of a cosy fire.

Location: Suffolk

 
Slow the pace and soak up Southwell’s stunning scenery

Slow the pace and soak up Southwell’s stunning scenery

Warm up your winter with a spark of romance, as you explore snow-dusted scenery on a winter retreat in Nottinghamshire.

Location: Southwell, Nottinghamshire

 
Take time to unwind at the Mill Wheel Spa

Take time to unwind at the Mill Wheel Spa

Shake of the winter blues and relax with a weekend of pampering at the Mill Wheel Spa.

Location: Blackshaw Moor, Staffordshire

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