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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Sleep in the treetops on an overnight safari in Kent

Get in touch with your wild side in Kent this spring with a true African experience that the whole family will rave about.

Location: Lympne, Kent

 

Discover the Cotswolds and Severn Vale by bike

Discover the south Cotswolds on a new bike route from Nailsworth to Frampton on Severn, enjoying Prema Arts Cafe, Uley Bury and the tranquil canal en route.

Location: Nailsworth, Gloucestershire

 

Bed down in a VW campervan and explore Bath’s rolling countryside

Hire a fully refurbished and kitted out VW campervan and explore Bath and its surrounding villages and countryside.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 

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

 

Walk across 650-million-year-old rocks

The Malvern Hills is a range of ancient rocks that straddle the Herefordshire and Worcestershire border.

Location: Malvern Hills, Herefordshire

 

Visit the enchanted forest of Ashridge Estate

Walk the magical woods of Ashridge, like fairies and witches before you.

Location: Little Gaddesden, Berkhamsted

 

Cruise though the Wiltshire countryside in a vintage car

Discover the England you love on a vintage car break in Wiltshire.

Location: Melksham, Wiltshire

 

Discover the fictional home of Home Fires

Follow in the footsteps of the Great Paxford Women’s Institute with a visit to the picturesque Cheshire village of Bunbury.

Location: Bunbury, Cheshire

 

All the fun of the fair with Dorset’s summer festivals

Dorset entertains the whole family all summer long hosting an array of amazing events and festivals that are unique, nostalgic or just plain fun!

Location: Dorset

 

Enjoy scenic holiday routes in style with a Morgan car

Hire a Morgan Motor Car from the original Morgan factory which still produces British cars in Malvern Link over 100 years since production began.

Location: Malvern, Worcestershire

 

November events: Experience Kendal’s version of the Oscars

Kendal is a magnet for mountaineers who don’t just come to climb, but to gather and celebrate all things mountainous at its annual festival.

Location: Kendal, Cumbria

 

Rainy Day Activities: Embark on an expedition into Cheddar Gorge

This ultimate indoor activity will have you venture deep into the famous caves at Cheddar to see where the Cheddar Man, Britain's oldest skeleton, was discovered.

Location: Cheddar, Somerset

 

Enjoy a relaxing break in Bradford on Avon

Perfect for family breaks, a stay at Church Farm Country Cottages in Bradford on Avon offers an ideal countryside retreat.

Location: Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

 

Visit the tranquil Sissinghurst Castle Gardens

Sissinghurst is known to green-fingered enthusiasts the world-over as the epitome of an English country garden.

Location: Sissinghurst, Kent

 

Walk Cheshire’s beautiful Sandstone Trail

Take a walk on the wild side discovering the ancient market town of Frodsham, Georgian Whitchurch and everything in between.

Location: Frodsham, Cheshire

 

Journey back to the 1920s at Coleton Fishacre

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

Location: Kingswear, Devon

 

Discover olde world Lincolnshire

The perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of the city.

Location: Lincolnshire

 

Explore Blue John Cavern

Take your own journey to the centre of the earth in search of the mysterious Blue John - originally discovered by the Romans.

Location: Castleton, Derbyshire

 

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

 

Travel back to Roman times on a visit to Hadrian's Wall

Explore Roman life along the most magnificent of Rome’s great frontiers set in the dramatic landscape of Hadrian’s Wall Country.

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne / Carlisle / Hexham

 

Take on the Tarka Trail for your next break

For the challenge of the 'Exmoor Beast' 100km/100m cycle sportive, or a gentle potter along the Tarka Trail with the family, North Devon is the place.

Location: North Devon

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