Rural escapes in spring

Rural retreats in spring

With lambs frolicking in the fields and skylarks soaring in the sky, spring is a great time to visit the English countryside. Blow away the cobwebs on hiking trails through ancient forests blooming with bluebells, or discover ancient spring traditions in postcard-perfect villages. Find your perfect spring break below…

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Relax in style at England’s oldest hotel

Relax in style at England’s oldest hotel

Enjoy a stay at this historic hotel on the edge of the Cotswolds, which has been welcoming guests since 1220.

Location: Malmesbury, Wiltshire

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Admire the snowdrops at Rode Hall & Gardens

Admire the snowdrops at Rode Hall & Gardens

Watch the seasons change in an elegant English garden in Cheshire.

Location: Congleton, Cheshire

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Retrace Turner's footsteps in Durham

Retrace Turner's footsteps in Durham

Durham’s landscapes and iconic buildings have inspired several of England’s great artists and writers, including the master painter JMW Turner.

Location: Durham Dales, Durham

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Enjoy stunning views from the Quantock Hills

Enjoy stunning views from the Quantock Hills

Take in the beautiful views of the Quantock Hills and discover the rare Exmoor ponies grazing over Cothelstone Hill, wild flowers and the woodlands.

Location: Taunton, Somerset

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Cheese-y does it now…

Cheese-y does it now…

Discover the captivating and often emotional story behind Wensleydale cheese and find out how Yorkshire’s art of cheese making evolved.

Location: Hawes, North Yorkshire

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Kick back at award-winning B&B, Alkham Court

Kick back at award-winning B&B, Alkham Court

To hot tub, or not to hot tub? That is the question, at Alkham Court B&B near Dover.

Location: South Alkham, Kent

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Explore Lancashire’s countryside from your lakeside cottage

Explore Lancashire’s countryside from your lakeside cottage

Stay within the award-winning Brickhouse Farm’s six acres of Lancashire countryside, choosing from one of its lakeside self-catering cottages.

Location: Poulton Le Fylde, Lancashire

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

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

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Go on a grand glamping adventure on a Georgian estate

Go on a grand glamping adventure on a Georgian estate

Set up camp in a West Wood Yurt, nestled in the National Trust’s Gibside estate, just outside NewcastleGateshead.

Location: Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

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Visit a family run vineyard in the heart of the Chilterns

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 Buckinghamshire.

Location: Henley-on-Thames, Buckinghamshire

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Witness Nature’s best at the North York Moors National Park

Witness Nature’s best at the North York Moors National Park

Discover heather adorned moorland in the summer sunshine and wild flora flourishing in the woodlands.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

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Tuck into a home cooked meal at The Kirkstile Inn

Tuck into a home cooked meal at The Kirkstile Inn

Enjoy a delicious menu made from the best Cumbrian produce, washed down with a pint of freshly brewed ale at the Kirkstile Inn in the heart of the North Lake District.

Location: Loweswater, Cumbria

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Discover ‘The Good Life’ amongst Kent’s farmyards and gardens

Discover ‘The Good Life’ amongst Kent’s farmyards and gardens

There’s no better time to visit Kent than in the spring so why not follow your nose and discover the county’s fragrant countryside and gardens?

Location: Maidstone, Kent

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Discover ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ in 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

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Discover a glamping oasis in the heart of Suffolk

Discover a glamping oasis in the heart of Suffolk

If the thought of camping conjures images of screaming kids and collapsing tents, then relax, have a cup of tea and check out Suffolk’s Alde Garden.

Location: Saxmundham, Suffolk

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Go on a ‘legless ramble’ through East Sussex’s countryside

Go on a ‘legless ramble’ through East Sussex’s countryside

Escape to the English countryside and explore Beachy Head in East Sussex, first on a brewery tour and then on foot.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Go on a National Park Wildflower Spring Safari

Go on a National Park Wildflower Spring Safari

From wild daffs to bluebell carpets, the woods and meadows of the North York Moors come alive with colour from March onwards.

Location: Farndale, North Yorkshire

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Escape to Winchcombe, the walking capital of the Cotswolds

Escape to Winchcombe, the walking capital of the Cotswolds

Explore an undiscovered side to the north Cotswolds by combining a tranquil stay in the ancient town of Winchcombe with some fantastic walking routes.

Location: Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

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Visit one of Capability Brown’s finest landscapes

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

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Explore Rottingdean, the home of Rudyard Kipling

Explore Rottingdean, the home of Rudyard Kipling

Step into the world of Rudyard Kipling by visiting his traditional English gardens in Rottingdean, near Brighton and Hove.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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