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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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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Sample wines at the scenic Sedlescombe Organic Vineyards

Sample wines at the scenic Sedlescombe Organic Vineyards

Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard is one of the most idyllic tourist attraction locations in 1066 Country, near Hastings.

Sedlescombe, East Sussex

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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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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.

Malton, North Yorkshire

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Enjoy first class dining at Michelin-Starred Pipe & Glass Inn

Enjoy first class dining at Michelin-Starred Pipe & Glass Inn

The East Yorkshire landscape provides the raw ingredients for a wide range of delicious locally produced food served throughout the region.

South Dalton, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Star gazing like a Roman at Cawfields Roman Wall

Star gazing like a Roman at Cawfields Roman Wall

Built in AD122 Hadrian’s Wall was once the largest frontier in the Roman Empire and remained that way for 300 years.

Haltwhistle, Northumberland

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Spot the wildlife on a family bike ride in Hamsterley Forest

Spot the wildlife on a family bike ride in Hamsterley Forest

Explore the forest on a fun family bike ride, and see if you can spot the grey squirrels.

Durham Dales

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Explore the quintessential English garden of Pashley Manor

Explore the quintessential English garden of Pashley Manor

Pashley Manor is the very essence of an English garden, and is set in a well-wooded park with superb views over the surrounding countryside.

Wadhurst, East Sussex

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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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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 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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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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Enjoy real country cuisine in a quintessential village pub

Enjoy real country cuisine in a quintessential village pub

With locally sourced produce on the menu and a great selection of wines and real ales behind the bar it’s time to book a table at the Taverners Inn.

Godshill, Isle of Wight

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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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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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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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Trot into Notts on a horse-themed rural break

Trot into Notts on a horse-themed rural break

Book a rural escape in Nottinghamshire and discover the county’s horsey history before cantering across the English countryside on horseback.

Worksop, Nottinghamshire

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Experience the adventure and thrills of the Monsal Trail

Experience the adventure and thrills of the Monsal Trail

Whizz through four former railway tunnels on your bicycle and enjoy breathtaking views on the Monsal Trail.

Hassop, Derbyshire

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Frolic in Rutland Water's magical outdoor playground

Frolic in Rutland Water's magical outdoor playground

Rutland Water, one of Europe’s largest man-made lakes, is set in over 4,200 acres of stunning countryside, offering you a great getaway experience.

Rutland Water, 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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