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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Stirring parkland and rural heritage at Tatton Park

Stirring parkland and rural heritage at Tatton Park

Spot deer as you wander around ancient parkland, explore richly furnished rooms and see a real working farm at this stately home in the Cheshire countryside.

Location: Knutsford, Cheshire

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Sail on posh boats on the Broads

Sail on posh boats on the Broads

Take a well-earned break from life.

Location: The Broads, Norfolk

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Luxury camping in idyllic North Yorkshire

Luxury camping in idyllic North Yorkshire

Enjoy the great outdoors in style at this luxury campsite where life is particularly good.

Location: Buttercrambe Moor Wood, near Stamford Bridge, Yorkshire

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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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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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Follow in the footsteps of the real King Arthur

Follow in the footsteps of the real King Arthur

Discover the stories behind the sword in the stone, the Holy Grail and Camelot, and the Lady Guinevere, on the King Arthur Trail in Shropshire.

Location: Oswestry, Shropshire

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Majestic views at a Corfe Castle picnic

Majestic views at a Corfe Castle picnic

Enjoy breathtaking views at the majestic ruins of Corfe Castle in the perfect idyllic picnic spot.

Location: Corfe, Dorset

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Journey to the spiritual heart of England

Journey to the spiritual heart of England

This rather pretty west country town is steeped in myth and legend.

Location: Glastonbury, Somerset

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Flex your green fingers in Derbyshire’s Peak District

Flex your green fingers in Derbyshire’s Peak District

Celebrate the fabulous feats of two gardening giants, Joseph Paxton and Capability Brown on classic country estates and in secret green spaces.

Location: Chesterfield, Derbyshire

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Head to a Lancashire family farmyard hideaway

Head to a Lancashire family farmyard hideaway

Explore Lancashire's natural and historic treasures from an award winning self-catering farm cottage.

Location: Ormskirk, Lancashire

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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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Take a cruise on the Grand Union Canal

Take a cruise on the Grand Union Canal

Get on-board for a leisurely cruise into the heart of the Chiltern Hills, enjoying impressive views of the Buckinghamshire countryside.

Location: Pitstone, Buckinghamshire

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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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See breath-taking vistas at Beth Chatto Gardens

See breath-taking vistas at Beth Chatto Gardens

Explore these breath-taking and inspirational gardens created by 10 times Chelsea Gold Medal Winner and Gardening Author, Beth Chatto OBE.

Location: Colchester, Essex

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Breeze up to the Downs

Breeze up to the Downs

The stunning South Downs countryside is just a short bus ride away from the centre of Brighton.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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A food-filled break in Yorkshire’s food capital

A food-filled break in Yorkshire’s food capital

Eat locally sourced food, from breakfast to dinner, in the thriving market town of Malton, on the edge of the North York Moors.

Location: Malton, North Yorkshire

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Slow things down in Hidcote Manor Gardens

Slow things down in Hidcote Manor Gardens

Forget about the outside world for a few hours in this perfect spot of Gloucestershire.

Location: Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

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Walk along the riverside & picnic on top of Penshaw Hill

Walk along the riverside & picnic on top of Penshaw Hill

Washington is home to acres of beautiful green spaces, from sheltered woodland, open fields, riverside landscapes; all laden with walk and cycle ways.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

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Take a steamboat cruise on Coniston Water

Take a steamboat cruise on Coniston Water

See the Coniston Old Man in a different light.

Location: Coniston, Cumbria

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Hear the call of the curlew

Hear the call of the curlew

It is no accident that the emblem for Northumberland National Park is the curlew; high in the hills is one of the best places to see and hear them.

Location: Ingram, Northumberland

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