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!

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Join the A-List on a narrow boat holiday

Join the A-List on a narrow boat holiday

You just can’t beat messing about in boats and travelling at just 4 miles an hour you are sure to unwind.

Location: Chirk, Shropshire

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Enjoy Nordic walking at the Walking and Outdoors Festival

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

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Enjoy being pampered in your own moorland lodge retreat

Enjoy being pampered in your own moorland lodge retreat

Indulge in a full range of spa treatments in the comfort of your own luxury Scandinavian lodge before setting off to explore the English countryside.

Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire

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Enjoy a relaxing rural break at Goldstone Hall Hotel

Enjoy a relaxing rural break at Goldstone Hall Hotel

Indulge in a countryside break at Goldstone Hall Hotel, winner of "The Small Hotel of the Year for The Heart of England West Midlands Region".

Location: Market Drayton, Shrosphire

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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

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Head to Scilly for a rural retreat

Head to Scilly for a rural retreat

Head to England's remotest and most southwesterly islands of the Isles of Scilly, and experience English countryside with a twist.

Location: Isles of Scilly

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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

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Go on a ‘legless ramble’ through East Sussex’s countryside

Go on a ‘legless ramble’ through East Sussex’s countryside

Escape to the English countryside and explore Beachy Head in East Sussex, first on a brewery tour and then on foot.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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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

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Enjoy a magical ride across the English countryside

Enjoy a magical ride across the English countryside

With your day ticket in hand, hop on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and discover some of the best villages in UK between Pickering and Whitby.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

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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

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Wonder at windmills and wander the Weavers Way

Wonder at windmills and wander the Weavers Way

Take a hike on the network of pathways under the vast Norfolk skies to the Berney Arms windmill and the remotest railway station in England.

Location: Berney Arms and the Halvergate Marshes, near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

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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

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Cycle along a disused railway line in Stratford-upon-Avon

Cycle along a disused railway line in Stratford-upon-Avon

Explore the English countryside saddle side whilst cycling the 5-mile long Stratford Greenway.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Cycle, sail or swim in the Norfolk Broads

Cycle, sail or swim in the Norfolk Broads

Sense the sounds, smells and colours of spring at Waveney River Centre in Norfolk, a serene countryside retreat with plenty of outdoor activities.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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Lounge and dine in a Georgian Country House

Lounge and dine in a Georgian Country House

Stay in an early Georgian country house set in three acres of mature English gardens and woodland, just a short journey from historic Lincoln.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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