Countryside breaks

Countryside breaks in England

See the famous moors and National Parks that have inspired writers such as Michael Morpurgo, Ted Hughes, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Walk through the hills of England’s countryside, and see it teeming with wildlife, or explore the strangely temperate microclimates of Scilly where you can find birds and plants that can’t be found elsewhere in the UK. An active holiday in the English countryside is perfect for tuckering out the kids or blowing away the cobwebs of everyday living – so grab a bike and ride some of the trails and villages of the outdoors. The beautiful Cotswolds provide the perfect picnicking spot. Or you could wander Wiltshire with its heritage sights like Stonehenge, and take in some of the country’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; we have thirty-three!

Countryside breaks in England

See the famous moors and National Parks that have inspired writers such as Michael Morpurgo, Ted Hughes, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Walk through the hills of England’s countryside, and see it teeming with wildlife, or explore the strangely temperate microclimates of Scilly where you can find birds and plants that can’t be found elsewhere in the UK. An active holiday in the English countryside is perfect for tuckering out the kids or blowing away the cobwebs of everyday living – so grab a bike and ride some of the trails and villages of the outdoors. The beautiful Cotswolds provide the perfect picnicking spot. Or you could wander Wiltshire with its heritage sights like Stonehenge, and take in some of the country’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; we have thirty-three!

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Explore Nene Park in the River Nene Valley

Explore Nene Park in the River Nene Valley

Imagine somewhere beautiful, safe and unspoilt where you can explore endless meadows, lakes and woodland, and the River Nene.

Location: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

 
Enjoy a relaxing winter break in a former Georgian rectory

Enjoy a relaxing winter break in a former Georgian rectory

A former Georgian rectory set in the heart of the country, Pen-Y-Dyffryn is a haven for peace and quiet with friendly staff to make you feel welcome.

Location: Oswestry, Shropshire

 
Escape to Winchcombe, the walking capital of the Cotswolds

Escape to Winchcombe, the walking capital of the Cotswolds

Explore an undiscovered side to the north Cotswolds by combining a tranquil stay in the ancient town of Winchcombe with some fantastic walking routes.

Location: Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

 
Go glamping in shepherds’ huts at Elmley Nature Reserve

Go glamping in shepherds’ huts at Elmley Nature Reserve

With spectacular landscapes and breath-taking wildlife, Elmley National Nature Reserve is an inspirational place to visit - and to sleep in.

Location: Isle of Sheppey, Kent

 
Stay in a cottage built by an amazing Victorian inventor

Stay in a cottage built by an amazing Victorian inventor

Experience Cragside in Northumberland as many have never seen it before – by staying in the spectacular and dramatic grounds of the Cragside Estate.

Location: Rothbury, Northumberland

 
Follow in the footsteps of great artists in Constable Country

Follow in the footsteps of great artists in Constable Country

Explore the Suffolk landscape that has inspired artists for centuries, rambling across dramatic open spaces backed by huge skies.

Location: Flatford Mill, Suffolk

 
Go wild in West Suffolk

Go wild in West Suffolk

Defined by myths, living memories of Anglo Saxons and rugged landscapes, in West Suffolk you can have an adventure.

Location: The Brecks, Suffolk

 
Discover Yorkshire fayre and hospitality at the Shibden Mill Inn

Discover Yorkshire fayre and hospitality at the Shibden Mill Inn

Nestling in the fold of the picturesque Shibden Valley is fantastic food, drink and sumptuous accommodation at the 17th century Shibden Mill Inn.

Location: Halifax, Yorkshire

 
Enjoy an award-winning rural retreat

Enjoy an award-winning rural retreat

This 16th century manor house near Clitheroe, in the heart of Lancashire's Ribble Valley, is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing break.

Location: Clitheroe, Lancashire

 
Visit the home of the Dymock Poets in the Forest of Dean

Visit the home of the Dymock Poets in the Forest of Dean

In the quiet village of Dymock, literacy history was being made by six of the finest poets of the early 20th century.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

 
Explore the natural wonders of Malham

Explore the natural wonders of Malham

Enjoy Malham in the Yorkshire Dales at its tranquil best, with many of England’s finest landscapes a short walk away.

Location: Malham, Yorkshire Dales National Park

 
Enjoy a luxurious family getaway at the Manor Farmhouse

Enjoy a luxurious family getaway at the Manor Farmhouse

With a heated pool, sauna, cinema and billiard room on site, your family will never want to leave the Manor Farmhouse.

Location: Milstead, Kent

 
Enjoy tiger walks and water sports in Norfolk

Enjoy tiger walks and water sports in Norfolk

Try out a variety of family-friendly watersports on the broads. Discover rare animals from Asia on a tiger walk, all close to Great Yarmouth.

Location: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

 
Stay at stylish Middlethorpe Hall and Spa

Stay at stylish Middlethorpe Hall and Spa

Treat yourself to good food and plenty of relaxation at Middlethorpe Hall.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 
September events: Enjoy Nordic walking at the Walking and Outdoors Festival

September events: Enjoy Nordic walking at the Walking and Outdoors Festival

The annual Yorkshire Wolds Walking and Outdoors Festival offers a host of exciting outdoor pursuits and taster sessions.

Location: Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire

 
Escape to Surrey’s hills and English gardens

Escape to Surrey’s hills and English gardens

With wonderful English gardens like RHS Wisley, the hills of Box Hill and Leith Hill and access to the North Downs Way, Surrey is a real rural treat.

Location: Dorking, Surrey

 
Escape to a country cottage in picturesque Oxfordshire

Escape to a country cottage in picturesque Oxfordshire

Oxford Country Cottages are situated on Lower Farm in Noke in a stunning courtyard garden.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

 
Marvel at West Norfolk's winter wildlife

Marvel at West Norfolk's winter wildlife

Get closer to nature by spending crisp winter mornings experiencing jaw-dropping wildlife spectacles along West Norfolk's coastline.

Location: King's Lynn, West Norfolk

 
Castles, keeps and country retreats

Castles, keeps and country retreats

Explore the keep and ramparts of a 12th century castle, and the ornate interiors and gardens of Houghton Hall and Sandringham House.

Location: King's Lynn, Norfolk

 
Find a little piece of heaven on earth in Colchester

Find a little piece of heaven on earth in Colchester

Green Island Gardens features stunning gardens professionally designed by Fiona Edmond and set within woodland destroyed by the 1987 hurricane.

Location: Colchester, Essex

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