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Countryside and rural

View of Middlesmoor from Lofthouse, near Nidderdale

Explore the wilderness and take in the natural beauty of the British countryside. Our ancient woodlands and rural trails are some of the most iconic in Europe with sprawling hills, misty moors and winding country roads as far as the eye can see, just waiting to be discovered. 

Ideal for a family day out or an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, you can enjoy the quiet, tranquillity of rural England whatever the weather. Our luscious green fields and forests are home to countless species of plants and wildlife which makes our backyard so unique. If hiking through country trails or climbing mountains and dales isn’t for you, our historic sites, sleepy country villages and gardens are a perfect way to spend an afternoon getting to know our heritage.

From ancient stone circles and castles to manicured stately homes, there’s plenty to do and see including trying out our home-grown produce such as fresh fruit and veg, farmhouse cheeses, real ales and free range meats for a true taste of the countryside.

Woodlands of England

Forests and woodlands

The forests of England are thousands of years old. Walk through their history, taking in wild birds and animals, or picking berries along the way. There are all sorts of adventures awaiting you in the English woods.

Parks and Gardens in England

Gardens and parks

Lovingly tended and designed with beauty in mind, the green spaces available to you are pockets of serenity in cities and towns. See a wide range of hand-picked blooms and enjoy the fresh scents on the air.

National Parks in England

National Parks

With multiple Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and places that have influenced artists and writers across the ages, the UK’s National Parks are full of treasures to uncover. You’ll never run out of new things to see as you explore moors and forests.

Canal and Barge in England

Lakes and waterways

England loves the water. From canals running networks through cities, to the tranquil surfaces of lakes and reservoirs, boats and sports of all kinds have grown around the waterways of the country. Pick your mode of transport and have fun on the waves.

A pony in autumn on The Broads

Wildlife and nature reserves

Get up close and personal to England’s wildlife in all their glory on a visit to England’s preserved and pristine natural environments, from puffin spotting on the northern coastline to spotting rare birds whilst cycling through woodlands.

Moorland in Weardale, North Pennines. Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Areas of outstanding natural beauty

From stunning landscapes boasting miles of rolling hills to picturesque beaches with crystal clear waters; England has over 30 landscapes which have been officially designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, all of which will take your breath away.

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