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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Walking in the New Forest

Twist and turn through vibrant gorse, imposing woodland and bubbling streams as you stroll through the Forest’s 143 miles of trails.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

 

Go barging round Lancashire

Abandon the hustle and bustle of everyday life and head for the peace and stunning scenery of Lancashire, with a canal boat cruise

Location: Burnley, Lancashire

 

Pamper your partner with a stylish rural retreat in Yorkshire

In a serene setting on the edge of the stunning North York Moors, the Feversham Arms boasts superb dining options, elegant rooms and a full spa.

Location: Helmsley, North Yorkshire

 

Cycle along the old coastal railway line to Whitby

Ride 21 view-filled and traffic-free miles along the ‘Cinder Track’, the old coastal railway line between Scarborough and Whitby.

Location: Whitby, Yorkshire

 

Explore Hadrian's Wall by bike, bus and on foot

Start your discovery of Hadrian’s Wall in Cumbria, northwest England, and absorb stunning scenery as you journey east.

Location: Hadrian's Wall

 

Be inspired with a visit to Tudor House

Tudor House is one of the most prominent buildings in Broadway which houses objects and artefacts on loan from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

Location: Broadway, Worcestershire

 

Take an adventurous tour of the Lake District

Ancient history, amazing views, beautiful gardens and the World Owl Trust are yours to explore on this exciting day tour.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

 

Tee off on England’s Golf Coast

Discover 12 of the finest links golf courses in the UK, including three Open Championship courses, within striking distance of central Liverpool.

Location: Southport, Wirral, Lytham, Merseyside

 

Discover a haven for flowers in the heart of England

Wander hand-in-hand along Worcestershire’s Spring Blossom Trail, through field after field, amongst the county’s blossoming flowers and plant life.

Location: Vale of Evesham, Worcestershire

 

Enjoy a romantic escape to Broughton Castle

Stroll hand in hand through the beautiful gardens and grand Elizabethan manor of Broughton Castle on a romantic break in Oxford.

Location: Banbury, Oxfordshire

 

Enjoy Suffolk’s scenery from the saddle or high up in the treetops

Enjoy one of the UK’s most thrilling outdoor activities at the original Go Ape! in Thetford Forest or experience cycling in Suffolk.

Location: Brandon, Suffolk

 

Stay in an eco-lodge at Somerleyton Estate

Wake up surrounded by nature in an eco-lodge on the banks of tranquil Fritton Lake.

Location: Lowestoft, Suffolk

 

Lose yourself in England’s hottest garden

Experience the Isle of Wight’s incredible microclimate firsthand at the exotic Ventnor Botanic Gardens.

Location: Ventnor, Isle of Wight

 

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

 

Visit a family run vineyard in the heart of the Chilterns

Explore the vineyard and sample the wine and beer produced in this truly independent brewery in Oxfordshire.

Location: Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

 

‘Chocks away’ in Lincolnshire

Discover East Lincolnshire's extensive aviation heritage and experience the sights, sounds and smells of wartime Britain.

Location: Spilsby, East Lincolnshire

 

Family fun at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

The appeal of Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens goes way beyond its remarkable wildlife collection to breeding programmes and exuberant gardens.

Location: Burford, Oxfordshire

 

Go wild for the wildlife of the Cotswolds

Experience the wild beauty of Batsford Arboretum and the sight of rare birds of prey soaring over the surrounding Cotswolds hills.

Location: Moreton In Marsh, Gloucestershire

 

Explore an ecological paradise at Marsden Moor

Walk, cycle or climb your way across this rugged wild landscape steeped in history that has inspired people since prehistoric times.

Location: Marsden, West Yorkshire

 

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

 

Explore the picturesque Lake District on an activity holiday

If you're looking for a heart-bumping adventure weekend, then a trip to the Lake District is a must. Adrenaline junkies sign up here...

Location: Borrowdale, Cumbria

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