Rural retreats in summer

Rural escapes 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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Plan an extravagant getaway to Bovey Castle

Indulge in a extravagant getaway to a chic and welcoming castle perfectly positioned in Dartmoor National Park.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

 

Experience a stunning Lakeland waterfall walk

Don’t miss a trip to the Taylor Gill Force to see fabulous streams and waterfalls set against a backdrop of stunning scenery.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

 

Explore the Lake District on two wheels

The Lake District was made for cycling, with everything from challenging off-road mountain biking routes to gentle country lanes on offer.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

 
Top station of Lynmouth-Lynton Cliff Railway with views over the coast

9 unmissable experiences in Exmoor

One of England's lesser-known national parks, Exmoor, in the south west, is more than ideal for a short break.

 

Exploring Cheshire’s Peak District

Spend the weekend together biking along beautiful canals, find your spiritual awaking, and reach for the Cloud.

Location: Peak District, Cheshire

 

Cosy up in a private hot tub on a romantic retreat

Treat your loved one and yourself to a new level of luxury with your very own hot tub suite at Applegarth Villa, nestled in the heart of Windermere.

Location: Windermere, Cumbria

 

Stay in a quintessentially English village

The rural beauty of idyllic Bradfield – complete with a medieval church, Norman castle and cosy pubs – will take your breath away.

Location: Bradfield, South Yorkshire

 

Raise a glass in the South Downs countryside

English sparkling wine is enjoying a renaissance.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 

Take a wildlife safari in The Broads National Park

From the reeds to the trees, get up close to nature and see an incredible 11,000 species, the highest concentration of rare wildlife in England.

Location: Strumpshaw Fen, near Norwich, Norfolk

 

Celebrate Ryedale's heritage at the Folk Museum

Discover this hidden gem deep in the North York Moors National Park and uncover English antiques and curiosities.

Location: Hutton-le-Hole, North Yorkshire

 

Explore the pretty village of Thornton Le Dale

When we tell you that this place is a chocolate box village, we’re really not joking.

Location: Thornton Le Dale, North Yorkshire

 

Experience the medieval romance of Haddon Hall

Grab a loved one and visit one of the oldest and most romantic Tudor houses in Britain.

Location: Bakewell, Derbyshire

 

Climb aboard the excellent Esk Valley Railway

Delightful villages, dramatic views and gentle country walks – do it all by train on a ride through the delightful Esk Valley, near Whitby.

Location: Whitby, Yorkshire

 

Get the teenagers active on an action-packed family break

Enjoy a weekend of abseiling, cycling and horse riding and country walks with the whole family on the moor.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

 

Blow away the cobwebs and explore the new Ullswater Way

The Ullswater Way is a stunning 20-mile walking route around one of the Lake Districts most beautiful lakes.

Location: Ullswater, Cumbria

 

Enjoy baby animals this Spring in the Peak District

Treat your family to a four-star break in luxury log cabins, enjoy safe cycling and feed the animals on a working Derbyshire farm.

Location: Brassington, Derbyshire

 

Pedal along 100 miles of off-road cycling tracks

Pedal the extensive, year-round network of cycling routes criss-crossing the woodland, heathland and quiet country roads of the New Forest.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

 

Enjoy a rural romantic break at Carr House Farm

Carr House Farm is perfect for a romantic spring getaway, with four poster beds and spectacular scenery.

Location: Helmsley, North Yorkshire

 

Explore the Historic Restored Gardens at West Dean

Escape to West Dean Gardens and explore the autumnal colours of the Arboretum, Pergola, Kitchen Gardens and orchard and award-winning Sunken Garden.

Location: Chichester, West Sussex

 

Journey underground at Castleton's Caves

Go underground and visit any of Castleton’s four spectacular show caves to experience the Peak District’s hidden underworld secrets.

Location: Castleton, Derbyshire

 

Steam into spring on board the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Jump on board the Lake District’s oldest, longest and most scenic railway.

Location: Ravenglass, Cumbria

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