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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Fall in love with picture perfect Lavenham

With its winding streets lined with thatched cottages and medieval timber-framed buildings, it’s very easy to fall in love with Lavenham.

Location: Lavenham, Suffolk

 

Discover spectacular Lundy Island

A rare experience is to be found on the beautiful and wild Lundy Island just 12 miles off the North Devon Coast in the Atlantic Ocean.

Location: Lundy, Devon

 

Raise a glass in the South Downs countryside

English sparkling wine is enjoying a renaissance.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 

Capture the Wye Valley springing to life

Visit the Wye Valley in spring and admire its beautiful flowers as they emerge.

Location: Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

 

Get an authentic taste of Cotswolds farm life

Ever fancied trying your hand at making your own sausages? Be part of a traditional farming experience at Old Farm, near Moreton in Marsh.

Location: Moreton In Marsh, Gloucestershire

 

Sample Surrey’s top tipples

Surrey has a wealth of drinks producers creating delicious award-winning wines and beers right across the county.

Location: Dorking, Surrey

 

Enjoy a canal boat adventure on Lancashire's Waterways

Enjoy the stunning Lancashire countryside in all its winter glory on a slow, dreamy holiday cruise along the Leeds to Liverpool Canal as featured on ITV’s Barging Round Britain.

Location: Lancashire

 

Experience Wiltshire's magical woodlands in spring

Witness a transformation of spring’s colours in West Woods, near Marlborough, from late April as the green woodlands are carpeted with bluebells.

Location: Marlborough, Wiltshire

 

Enjoy a family stay in a 14th century house in the Peak District

Spend the day ambling around mountains and fells of the Peak District before enjoying a relaxing evening with whole family at The Old Bakehouse.

Location: Hope Valley, Peak District

 

Cookery and butchery courses at Coddy's Farm

Boost your culinary skills with seasonal cookery and butchery courses at Coddy's Farm, in Holmfirth. Great accommodation, great views, great food.

Location: Holmfirth, Yorkshire

 

Get close to the deer at the Red Deer rut

The majestic red deer is our largest land mammal: a beautiful creature, from hoof to antler, whose iconic silhouette has captivated us for centuries.

Location: Minsmere, Suffolk

 

Cosy up in a private hot tub on a romantic retreat

Treat your loved one and yourself to a new level of luxury with your very own hot tub suite at Applegarth Villa, nestled in the heart of Windermere.

Location: Windermere, Cumbria

 

Take a nature break at Westonbirt Arboretum

Venture into Westonbirt’s leafy grounds for a touch of nature’s magic and see the English countryside at its verdant best.

Location: Tetbury, Gloucs

 

Walk the Wall at Steel Rigg

Take a walk around Steel Rigg and Crag Lough to see how the Romans used the natural landscape to maximise the strength of the Empire's frontier.

Location: Steel Rigg, Northumberland

 

Experience a stunning Lakeland waterfall walk

Don’t miss a trip to the Taylor Gill Force to see fabulous streams and waterfalls set against a backdrop of stunning scenery.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

 

Enjoy an afternoon tea in the house the Brontës loved

Enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea at the historic house the Brontës knew and loved, then take a tour of the real-life setting for Wuthering Heights.

Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire

 

Ditch the tent in favour of glamping at Teversal Campsite

Spend an action-packed day in rural Nottinghamshire before retreating to a luxury tent or log cabin for an evening of al fresco drinking and dining.

Location: Teversal, Nottinghamshire

 

Discover the hidden gem of Grimwith Reservoir

Grimwith Reservoir is one of the Yorkshire Dales' hidden gems tucked away off the road between Grassington and Pateley Bridge.

Location: Near Grassington, North Yorkshire

 

Discover ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ in Yorkshire

Tour Yorkshire writer and vet James Herriot's original home, recreated to look just as it did in the 1940s, in the picturesque town of Thirsk.

Location: Thirsk, North Yorkshire

 

Take a tour of England's wine country

Sample some of the best wine, cider and juices in the country in Kent.

Location: Tenterden, Kent

 

Go wine tasting at Ryedale Vineyards

Sample wines from England’s most northerly vineyard.

Location: York, Yorkshire

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