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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Discover a haven for flowers in the heart of England

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

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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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Cuddle up in a shepherd’s hut in the English countryside

Cuddle up in a shepherd’s hut in the English countryside

If you’ve ever fancied staying in your very own shepherd's hut, then head to Shakespeare’s England to stay in Farncombe Estate’s new Hilly Huts.

Location: The Cotswolds

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Explore Romney Marsh

Explore Romney Marsh

This patch of pristine wetland near the south east coast covers a whopping 100 square miles and is packed with wildlife – including the curious ‘laughing frogs’.

Location: Romney Marsh, Kent

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Wander like Wordsworth around Ullswater

Wander like Wordsworth around Ullswater

Take a trip to Ullswater and enjoy the fabulous lake and the crowd of golden daffodils which inspired the poet William Wordsworth.

Location: Ullswater, Cumbria

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Snuggle up in a shepherd's hut in the English countryside

Snuggle up in a shepherd's hut in the English countryside

Set within the grounds of a medieval hall, Lancashire's Shepherd Hut Hamlet offers luxury accommodation with a rural edge.

Location: Samlesbury, Lancashire

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Explore the Cotswold town of Malmesbury

Explore the Cotswold town of Malmesbury

Discover the rich history of England's oldest borough on a visit to the hilltop town of Malmesbury.

Location: Malmesbury, Wiltshire

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Enjoy afternoon tea in a thatched Cotswolds cottage

Enjoy afternoon tea in a thatched Cotswolds cottage

Tour the Cotswolds’ hidden gems and receive a warm welcome at the Secret Cottage, a private home where you are invited to traditional afternoon tea.

Location: Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

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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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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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Cycle along a disused railway line in Stratford-upon-Avon

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

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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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Roam the historic parkland of the Shibden Estate near Halifax

Roam the historic parkland of the Shibden Estate near Halifax

Explore elegant grounds with cascades, pools, tunnels and gardens at Shibden Hall.

Location: Halifax, West 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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