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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Explore Hawkstone Park Follies fantasy land

Spend the day exploring an historic woodland fantasy with cliffs, crags, caves, deep woods and towers built hundreds of years ago.

Location: Weston under Redcastle, Shropshire

 

Hunt for the witches in the woods of Pendle

Embark on the interactive Pendle Sculpture Trail, and find the witches ceramic plaques in an atmospheric woodland setting.

Location: Pendle, Lancashire

 

Feel calmer whilst walking a llama

Go walkies South American-style with National Forest Llama Treks, an unusual “let’s-do-something-different” trekking experience.

Location: Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire

 

Underground & over ground adventures at Go Ape

Release your Tarzan and journey to the centre of the earth on an epic double adventure in Derbyshire’s beautiful Buxton.

Location: Buxton, Derbyshire

 

Enjoy a romantic escape at Overwater Hall

Book a table and a room at this elegant 18th century country house hotel within the Lake District.

Location: Ireby, Cumbria

 

Enjoy a touch of class in a riverside Cotswold inn

The kind of place you dream of but seldom find – an old stone inn, full of charm and history, in the beautiful Cotswold village of Burford.

Location: Burford, Oxfordshire

 

Enjoy dog friendly days out at Belsay Hall

Explore the magnificent gardens of this dog friendly attraction with your four legged friend.

Location: Belsay, Northumberland

 

Tour the West Dorset countryside by electric bike

Explore an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) by electric bike in West Dorset.

Location: Morcombelake, Dorset

 

Get back to nature with a cycling break in the New Forest

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life with a 5-star luxury log cabin break in the heart of the New Forest.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

 

Sample the great outdoors in Nidderdale

The striking scenery, character, historic landmarks and wildlife of this Yorkshire Dales Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are made for adventure.

Location: Pateley Bridge/Masham, North Yorkshire

 

Explore the ruins of Ashby Castle

Sir Walter Scott’s classic novel of 1819, Ivanhoe featured Ashby Castle as the backdrop to the famous jousting scenes.

Location: Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

 

Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs AONB

Experience rural England on a visit to Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Location: Wiltshire

 

Uncover the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

For lovers of the great outdoors, the Sculpture Trail at Beechenhurst showcases giant pieces created from materials you might find in the Forest.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

 

Visit one of Capability Brown’s finest landscapes

Celebrate Capability Brown’s tercentenary as you explore 42 acres of Sherborne Castle's beautiful gardens and soak up the beauty, peace and tranquility of this natural setting.

Location: Sherborne, Dorset

 

See unusual sculptures in Grizedale Forest

Discover the unexpected, the quirky, the confounding and the confusing in Grizedale Forest with a whole host of art inspired by the landscape.

Location: Windermere, Cumbria

 

Fill your belly on a gourmet getaway in Leicestershire

Try the famous Melton Mowbray Pork Pie, local Stilton cheese, cream tea, ales, wines and sloe gin as part of a delicious countryside break.

Location: Melton Mowbray and the Vale of Belvoir, Leicestershire

 

Taste Tudor fare at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, home to over 50 historic building exhibits, demonstrates how barley and hops are transformed into ale and beer.

Location: Singleton, Nr Chichester, West Sussex

 

Luxury treehouse adventures in England's safari country

Experience a unique safari experience with a luxurious twist in the heart of the English countryside.

Location: Lympne, Kent

 

Exploring rural Herefordshire

Cider, swans and spectacular views. Three reasons why you’ll love Herefordshire.

Location: Herefordshire

 

Up, up and away...

Take a hot air balloon flight and drift along with the breeze enjoying stunning landscapes from a new perspective.

Location: Tissington, Derbyshire

 

Encounter wildlife on the UK's first boating ring

Set sail on a narrow boat trip on the historic Droitwich Canals to the River Severn and beyond, the Mid Worcestershire boating ring now offers a perfect weekend getaway.

Location: Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire

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