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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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

 

Walking in the Cotswolds

Join a walking route from Bourton-on-the-Water to the Slaughters.

Location: Oxfordshire

 

Take a bargain break with all the trimmings at Totland

On the west coast of the Isle of Wight, YHA Totland has the beach, heaps of countryside walks and great local attractions on its doorstep.

Location: Totland, Isle of Wight

 

Walk and picnic amongst the prehistoric landscape at Avebury

Step into the largest stone circle in the world, standing for over 4500 years, and the site of a host of archaeological excavations.

Location: Marlborough, Wiltshire

 

Enjoy a camping weekend at the National Water Sports Centre

Take advantage of a budget break in Nottingham with a camping weekend at the National Water Sports centre, just 10 minutes from the heart of the city.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

 

Journey back to the 1920s at Coleton Fishacre

A 1920s Art Deco house and garden in the beautiful Devon countryside.

Location: Kingswear, Devon

 

Alice in Wonderland at Antony House

Just over the Tamar, Antony House was the location for the hit 'Alice in Wonderland' 2010. Here you can explore its formal gardens, sculptures and the National Collection of Daylilies.

Location: Torpoint, Cornwall

 

Camp next to Hadrian's Wall

This isn't just any wall, this is an impressive piece of roman architecture.

Location: Melkridge, Cumbria

 

Explore Nymans estate

Commanding great views from atop the rolling hills of Sussex, Nymans stands proud as one of Britain’s top gardens.

Location: Haywards Heath, Sussex

 

Go wild camping on Dartmoor

When it comes to experiencing the unspoiled and unique environment of the wilds of Dartmoor, nothing compares to wild camping.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

 

Master the Greensand Ridge Walk

Follows a ridge of greensand through on a green path through Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire.

Location: Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

 

Rock Climb in the Peak District

With 10,000 recorded climbs the Peak District is widely recognised as having some of the best climbing in the country.

Location: Peak District, Derbyshire

 

Climb Broadway Tower

Have a pre-Raphaelite holiday retreat in the Cotswolds.

Location: Broadway, Worcestershire

 

Pick your own at Parkside Farm

Blackberries, raspberries, strawberries... time to get picking and fill those baskets at Parkside Farm.

Location: Enfield, London

 

See nature come to life on the Somerset Levels

See the Red Arrows equivalent for starlings in stunning Somerset countryside.

Location: Somerset

 

Ride the Water Rail Way cycle route

Begin your ride in the city and then head out to the Wolds.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

 

Enjoy a family day out at Batsford Arboretum

Experience the wild beauty of Batsford Arboretum in autumn and the splendid sight of rare birds of prey soaring above the surrounding Cotswolds Hills.

Location: Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

 

Discover the UK's only crocodile zoo

Come face to face with some of the most feared predators on the planet - Nile crocodiles, American alligators, black caiman and more!

Location: Brize Norton, Oxfordshire

 

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

 

Watch cheese making at The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company

Observe Cheddar’s last remaining cheesemakers as they go about their work and learn the tricks of their trade.

Location: Cheddar, Somerset

 

Cycle across two national parks

The new Lakes and Dales Loop takes in two National Parks and some of the most scenic landscapes across Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria

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