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…

Rural retreats in spring

Rural escapes 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Discover Blagdon's Secret Yeo Valley Garden

Discover Blagdon's Secret Yeo Valley Garden

Tucked away in the beautiful Mendip Hills, overlooking a lake, is a lovingly created organic garden where you can refresh and revive yourself.

Location: Blagdon, Somerset

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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 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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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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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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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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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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Enjoy tranquil cycling holiday in the Blackdown Hills

Enjoy tranquil cycling holiday in the Blackdown Hills

Explore the incredible landscapes and the historical depths of the Blackdown Hills from the comfort of your bike.

Location: Taunton Deane, Somerset

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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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Visit the hidden hedged gardens of Hill Close Gardens

Visit the hidden hedged gardens of Hill Close Gardens

See the rare survivals of Victorian gardens, which were used by townsfolk who wanted to an escape from the busy town centre.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

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