Rural escapes in summer

Rural retreats in summer

Enter a world of peace and tranquility on a rural break in the English countryside, where a world of historic castle grounds alive with colour, unspoilt woodlands, lush landscapes and quaint English villages await you. Be pampered from head to toe in your own moorland lodge on a spa break in Bradford, explore quaint market towns and walk alongside awe-inspiring waterfalls in the Durham Dales, or hop aboard the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for a luxurious train ride through picturesque moorlands.

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Rest your head in an iconic Lakeland pub

Rest your head in an iconic Lakeland pub

Be one of the first to stay in newly renovated iconic pub, The Queens Head after a day exploring the Lakeland fells with all the family.

Location: Troutbeck, Lake District

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Discover the walled gardens at medieval Raby Castle

Discover the walled gardens at medieval Raby Castle

Visit one of England’s finest medieval castles, and explore the medieval walled gardens and 200 acre deer park.

Location: Durham Dales, Durham

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Escape to Surrey’s hills and English gardens

Escape to Surrey’s hills and English gardens

With wonderful English gardens like RHS Wisley, the hills of Box Hill and Leith Hill and access to the North Downs Way, Surrey is a real rural treat.

Location: Dorking, Surrey

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Escape to the Lake District for a dog friendly weekend break

Escape to the Lake District for a dog friendly weekend break

Head to Coniston in the Lake District for a multitude of dog friendly days out, including long walks, boat rides and lots of cake.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

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Rare plants at Borde Hill Garden

Rare plants at Borde Hill Garden

Embrace the colours of summer at the historic Borde Hill Garden.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Hop over stepping stones across the River Dove at Dovedale

Hop over stepping stones across the River Dove at Dovedale

Follow an easy walking route through Ilam Park and into the spectacular gorge of Dovedale in the southern Peak District.

Location: Ilam, Derbyshire

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Strap your boots on for the Cotswold Way National Trail

Strap your boots on for the Cotswold Way National Trail

Escape this summer and walk the Cotswold Way with friends, stopping over along the route at unique accommodation sites nestled in tranquil locations.

Location: Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

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Take a trip through the Cotswolds on a steam railway

Take a trip through the Cotswolds on a steam railway

Sit back and relax as you explore the Cotswolds on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway.

Location: Toddington, Cotswolds

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Run wild with the animals at Old MacDonald’s Farm

Run wild with the animals at Old MacDonald’s Farm

The animals may be wild, the kids can run wild, but parents will be delighted at Old MacDonald’s Farm in Brentwood, Essex.

Location: Brentwood, Essex

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Go back in time on a visit to Porlock

Go back in time on a visit to Porlock

Get back to nature and travel back in time in this sleepy Somerset idyll.

Location: Porlock, Somerset

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Enjoy a magical ride across the English countryside

Enjoy a magical ride across the English countryside

With your day ticket in hand, hop on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and discover some of the best villages in UK between Pickering and Whitby.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

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Enjoy a relaxing break at Alveston Manor Hotel

Enjoy a relaxing break at Alveston Manor Hotel

Enjoy England’s beautiful countryside at its rural best, along with great hospitality at Billesley Manor.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Visit Jesmond Dene, a little green in the City

Visit Jesmond Dene, a little green in the City

Do you love to picnic? Visit NewcastleGateshead to experience the beautiful wildlife corridor that leads to the centre of Newcastle.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

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Rediscover the English countryside with BBC Countryfile Live

Rediscover the English countryside with BBC Countryfile Live

Head to the spectacular grounds of Oxfordshire’s iconic World Heritage Site, Blenheim Palace for BBC Countryfile Live, which will be hosted between the 3 - 6 August.

Location: Woodstock, Oxfordshire

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Ditch the tent in favour of glamping at Teversal Campsite

Ditch the tent in favour of glamping at Teversal Campsite

Spend an action-packed day in rural Nottinghamshire before retreating to a luxury tent or log cabin for an evening of al fresco drinking and dining.

Location: Teversal, Nottinghamshire

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Rest and romance in the iconic Lake District landscape

Rest and romance in the iconic Lake District landscape

Leathes Head Country House Hotel is the ideal spot to spend some much-needed time for two in the heart of the Lake District.

Location: Borrowdale, Cumbria

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See flowers in bloom at The Savill Garden

See flowers in bloom at The Savill Garden

Enliven your senses with a walk around one of Britain's finest ornamental gardens.

Location: Windsor, Berkshire

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Take a canal walk across Wiltshire’s heartland

Take a canal walk across Wiltshire’s heartland

Relax and enjoy a slower pace of life on a Wiltshire break by walking along the towpath of the Kennet and Avon Canal.

Location: Wiltshire

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Find a little piece of heaven on earth in Colchester

Find a little piece of heaven on earth in Colchester

Green Island Gardens features stunning gardens professionally designed by Fiona Edmond and set within woodland destroyed by the 1987 hurricane.

Location: Colchester, Essex

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

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

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