The getaway not faraway

The Getaway not faraway

Room to breathe. Whether soaking up the scenery or walking a long-distance footpath, the English countryside summer soothes the soul. It’s the chance to see how the land lies and admire the view. The cobwebs get blown away on walks across wild windswept moors and heather-clad hills. Weekends spent clambering round castles or hidden coves, pottering in antique shops and village tea rooms, or dipping into farmers’ markets and trying local produce. Then it’s time to rest those bones with a well-earned pint in hand. Just a stone’s throw away, yet a world apart, there are so many recuperating things to do in the countryside. We can stand and stare, listen to the silence. And relax.

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Take a stroll past the castle ruins

Take a stroll past the castle ruins

Take the path along the Peddars Way, and on to the tranquil Nar Valley Way to witness the spectacular 12th century Castle Acre Priory ruins on foot.

King's Lynn, Norfolk

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Find the perfect outfit at Trentham Shopping Village

Find the perfect outfit at Trentham Shopping Village

Situated on a beautiful estate you’ll experience shopping in a charming timber lodge village.

Trentham, Staffordshire

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Get back to nature at High Force waterfall

Get back to nature at High Force waterfall

Explore a peaceful landscape of moors and hills, valleys, waterfalls and rivers dotted with picturesque villages and historic market towns.

Durham Dales

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Zoom around the forest in a funky electric Twizy

Zoom around the forest in a funky electric Twizy

Fun and surprisingly nippy, two-seater electric vehicles – Twizys – are an unusual way to enjoy the forest and care for the environment.

Brockenhurst, Hampshire

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Visit the home of stinky cheese at Colston Bassett Dairy

Visit the home of stinky cheese at Colston Bassett Dairy

If you’re a cheese connoisseur then a trip to Colston Bassett is a must when you are in Nottinghamshire.

Colston Bassett, Nottinghamshire

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A little taste of heaven at Hoar Cross Hall Spa Resort

A little taste of heaven at Hoar Cross Hall Spa Resort

A Grade II listed stately home retreat that pairs period style with modern luxury and attentive service.

Burton on Trent, Staffordshire

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Go wildlife spotting at Hastings Country Park

Go wildlife spotting at Hastings Country Park

Explore over 660 acres of countryside, and uncover the rare wildlife that inhabit the area all year round.

Hastings, East Sussex

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Canal cruise through Staffordshire’s Peak District

Canal cruise through Staffordshire’s Peak District

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life by hiring a canal boat and leisurely cruising through picturesque scenery.

Peak District, Staffordshire

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A grand day out in Dalby, Yorkshire’s greatest forest

A grand day out in Dalby, Yorkshire’s greatest forest

The soft green light and dappled shadows of Dalby Forest hide a secret world of offbeat experiences and artisan adventures.

Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire

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Explore England’s smallest historic county on foot, bike or bus

Explore England’s smallest historic county on foot, bike or bus

Rutland is a wonderful place for walking and cycling all year round and each season brings its own rich palette of colours to the rolling countryside.

Rutland

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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.

Henley-on-Thames, Buckinghamshire

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Discover wildlife and the history of Derwent Reservoir

Discover wildlife and the history of Derwent Reservoir

Spot red squirrels, adders and bog plants at Derwent Reservoir and Pow Hill Country Park in the Durham Dales.

Durham Dales

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Take a relaxing boat ride along the River Avon

Take a relaxing boat ride along the River Avon

Enjoy the tranquil waters of the River Avon by boat, as many have been doing for over 100 years.

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Holiday in a treehouse

Holiday in a treehouse

If you are looking for an adventurous escape with no compromise in comfort then it’s time you took to the trees.

Wootton, Isle of Wight

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Shop for antiques in a charming market town

Shop for antiques in a charming market town

Thanks to pretty market towns like Oakham and Uppingham, England’s smallest historic county is spoilt with independent boutiques and antique shops.

Rutland

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Sample seasonal flavours with a taste of fine local cuisine

Sample seasonal flavours with a taste of fine local cuisine

In Rutland good food is a real passion and the county is widely regarded for its range of quality pubs and restaurants.

Rutland

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Spy on endangered wildfowl at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Spy on endangered wildfowl at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Visit Rutland Water's famous wildfowl sanctuary, covering 1,000 acres of bird hides, nature trails and visitor centres.

Rutland Water, Rutland

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See the Roman military come to life at the Roman Army Museum

See the Roman military come to life at the Roman Army Museum

See Emperor Hadrian's astonishing military vision brought to life at this family-friendly gallery.

Haltwhistle, Northumberland

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See the light at the end of the tunnel

See the light at the end of the tunnel

Standedge Tunnel, in the heart of the Pennine countryside, is the longest canal tunnel in Britain.

Marsden, Yorkshire

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Go otter spotting in Norfolk

Go otter spotting in Norfolk

When it comes to big game spotting in the Broads National Park, there is no prey more sleek, more rare and more exciting than the otter.

The Broads, Norfolk

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