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.

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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Go back in time on a visit to Porlock

Go back in time on a visit to Porlock

Get back to nature and travel back in time in this sleepy Somerset idyll.

Location: Porlock, Somerset

 
Little White Alice

Little White Alice

Sustainability is at the heart of every decision made at Little White Alice, from the materials they have used to build their holiday cottages to the renewable energy that runs them.

Location: Carnmenellis, Cornwall

 
Kelling Heath Holiday Park

Kelling Heath Holiday Park

Set amongst 250 acres of woodland overlooking the North Norfolk coastline.

Location: Kelling Heath, Norfolk

 
Indulge with the Cotswolds' Pudding Club

Indulge with the Cotswolds' Pudding Club

Join a foodie revolution where pudding is king in the Cotswolds.

Location: Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire

 
Explore the Lake District

Explore the Lake District

Discover the 200 fells, pikes and dales of the Lakes in a vintage camper van.

Location: Cumbria

 
Stop for afternoon tea at The Meadowside Farm Café

Stop for afternoon tea at The Meadowside Farm Café

Grab a bite to eat at this café in rural Frome, famous for its breakfasts, brunches and excellent afternoon teas.

Location: Frome, Somerset

 
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.

Location: Godshill, Isle of Wight

 
Explore Woodbridge Tide Mill

Explore Woodbridge Tide Mill

Experience the sights, sounds and drama of the mill as wheels and stones turn, grinding the grain as they have done for many hundreds of years.

Location: Woodbridge, Suffolk

 
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.

Location: Hassop, Derbyshire

 
Have Iron-Age Fun at Old Sarum

Have Iron-Age Fun at Old Sarum

Discover over 2,000 years of history on a visit to Old Sarum, and take in the sprawling countryside of Wiltshire.

Location: Wiltshire

 
See rare birds at Londesborough

See rare birds at Londesborough

Londesborough Park offers the ideal setting to spot Red Kites flying gracefully above the Yorkshire Wolds.

Location: Londesborough, East Riding of Yorkshire

 
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.

Location: Henley-on-Thames, Buckinghamshire

 
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.

Location: Haltwhistle, Northumberland

 
Enjoy a rural escape in Burnham Market

Enjoy a rural escape in Burnham Market

If you feel like the walls are closing in, try heading to Norfolk for a dose of big skies, blue sea and cute little towns.

Location: Burnham, Norfolk

 
Enjoy a family day out at Wentworth Castle & Gardens

Enjoy a family day out at Wentworth Castle & Gardens

Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Park houses some of the earliest gothic follies in the country.

Location: Barnsley, South Yorkshire

 
Enjoy a family day out at Batsford Arboretum

Enjoy a family day out at Batsford Arboretum

Experience the wild beauty of Batsford Arboretum in autumn and the splendid sight of rare birds of prey soaring above the surrounding Cotswolds Hills.

Location: Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

 
Gastro glamping at the foot of Belvoir Castle

Gastro glamping at the foot of Belvoir Castle

Pronounced ‘beaver’ by locals and literally meaning ‘beautiful view’, the Vale of Belvoir offers the perfect place to hideaway.

Location: Near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

 
Beckford's Tower

Beckford's Tower

Climb the 154-step spiral staircase within the walls of this gild-topped tower.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Golf Break at Formby Hall

Golf Break at Formby Hall

How about tackling the challenging 72-par Old Course?

Location: Southport, Merseyside

 
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.

Location: Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire

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