Rural escapes in winter

Compton Verney, Warwickshire

Winter is a time for long winter walks along country paths followed by cosy evenings warming up by the fire in a country pub, and secluded getaways in your very own log cabin in the heart of the forest.

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Take in 'Swallows and Amazons' landscapes on a relaxing cruise

Take in 'Swallows and Amazons' landscapes on a relaxing cruise

Take a trip around the landscape used in the film ‘Swallows and Amazons’ and discover what inspired Arthur Ransome to write his famous book.

Location: Derwentwater, Cumbria

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Spot rare winter birds on the River Exe Estuary

Spot rare winter birds on the River Exe Estuary

During winter the River Exe Estuary bursts with life. Take a guided bird watching cruise to see why the mudflats are as rich as a rainforest.

Location: Exeter, Devon

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Enjoy an elegant rural escape at The Gunton Arms

Enjoy an elegant rural escape at The Gunton Arms

Treat yourself to The Gunton Arms’ gourmet menu before bedding down in a luxury room for the night.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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Relax and unwind at the Callow Hall Hotel & Restaurant

Relax and unwind at the Callow Hall Hotel & Restaurant

Use this luxury hotel as a base to explore the breathtaking Derbyshire Dales and the Peak District countryside.

Location: Ashbourne, Derbyshire

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See nature come to life on the Somerset Levels

See nature come to life on the Somerset Levels

See the Red Arrows equivalent for starlings in stunning Somerset countryside.

Location: Somerset

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Get away from it all on a winter ramble in West Norfolk

Get away from it all on a winter ramble in West Norfolk

Lap up the wide-open spaces and natural beauty of West Norfolk on the waymarked routes of the Norfolk Coast Path and The Peddars Way.

Location: West Norfolk

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Enjoy a family getaway at Upper Rectory Farm Cottages

Enjoy a family getaway at Upper Rectory Farm Cottages

The idyllic Upper Rectory Farm Cottages in Leicestershire offers a perfect retreat if you’re looking for a luxurious festive getaway.

Location: Swadlincote, Leicestershire

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Escape the city this winter

Escape the city this winter

Greater Manchester has so much to offer this winter, from a relaxing stay at the Macdonald Kilhey Court Hotel to brisk walks across Piethorne Valley.

Location: Manchester

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Sleep in a royal bed at Thornbury Castle

Sleep in a royal bed at Thornbury Castle

Get treated like royalty at Thornbury Castle, where its opulent bedchambers, award-winning food and picturesque gardens will bring out your regal side.

Location: Thornbury, South Gloucestershire

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Fall for Lavenham’s medieval charm on a romantic winter break

Fall for Lavenham’s medieval charm on a romantic winter break

Cobbled streets, great shopping and quaint buildings make this village one of the most romantic places in the UK.

Location: Lavenham, Suffolk

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Enjoy a cosy winter break in a luxurious Forest Lodge

Enjoy a cosy winter break in a luxurious Forest Lodge

As the temperatures drop outside this winter, cosy up by a log burning stove in one of The Hollies luxurious Forest Lodges set in the Cheshire countryside.

Location: Cheshire

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Explore the natural wonders of Malham

Explore the natural wonders of Malham

Enjoy Malham in the Yorkshire Dales at its tranquil best, with many of England’s finest landscapes a short walk away.

Location: Malham, Yorkshire Dales National Park

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Take your four-legged friend on a holiday to Wiltshire

Take your four-legged friend on a holiday to Wiltshire

Like to holiday with your dog? Enjoy a dog-friendly break in Wiltshire this winter.

Location: Wiltshire

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Enjoy spectacular displays of feather and flight in Lancashire

Enjoy spectacular displays of feather and flight in Lancashire

From the rugged moorlands of Bowland to the dramatic sands of Morecambe Bay, Lancashire is renowned for its birds and wildlife.

Location: Lancashire

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Walk the Wall at Steel Rigg

Walk the Wall at Steel Rigg

Take a walk around Steel Rigg and Crag Lough to see how the Romans used the natural landscape to maximise the strength of the Empire's frontier.

Location: Steel Rigg, Northumberland

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Enjoy a rural break in Hawes in Wensleydale

Enjoy a rural break in Hawes in Wensleydale

Head to Hawes the home of Wensleydale Cheese, admire Hardraw Force waterfall and watch ropes being made in the traditional way.

Location: Hawes, Yorkshire Dales National Park

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Enjoy a cosy family getaway in a luxury log cabin

Enjoy a cosy family getaway in a luxury log cabin

Explore the Somerset countryside on foot or in the saddle, before heading home to Tamarack Lodge’s toasty log cabin.

Location: Otterford, Near Chard, Somerset

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Aysgarth Falls in the Yorkshire Dales

Aysgarth Falls in the Yorkshire Dales

Aysgarth Falls are a dramatic set of waterfalls in Wensleydale.

Location: Aysgarth, North Yorkshire

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Head to the legendary Lion Inn for a warm welcome

Head to the legendary Lion Inn for a warm welcome

It’s the simple things that matter when you’re out winter walking – like a pint, a traditional Sunday roast, a roaring fire and stunning views.

Location: Blakey Ridge, North Yorkshire

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Enjoy a cosy festive getaway at Tudor Farmhouse

Enjoy a cosy festive getaway at Tudor Farmhouse

Tudor Farmhouse is a rural retreat with boutique bedrooms and award-winning restaurant that is a home from home for the holidays.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

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