England is without a doubt an eclectic mix of beautiful patchwork hills, stunning coastlines, historic buildings and ruins, quaint market towns and national parks. As a result there are plenty of things to keep you occupied. Here are some top places that you just might want to visit for the perfect rural escape.
For those of you who long for endless emerald rolling hills and stunning scenery, then a visit to the fabulous Cotswolds is a must. Why not take a trip to the Bourton House Gardens? Discover the 18th Century Manor House and while away the hours in the three-acre garden that surrounds it. There are plenty of opportunities to sample the delicious homemade cakes on offer in the 16th Century barn. Or perhaps you prefer to go to the UK’s only crocodile zoo? Whether you simply want to see the sights of the Cotswolds on foot or have your heart set on seeing it by steam train, there is no shortage of ways to experience this area of outstanding natural beauty.
The Lake District
The Lake District is jam packed with exciting activities for people of all ages. You can explore the land on foot, by boat or cycle until your heart’s content. There are activities that will take you on a journey deep into the Lake District’s past. Adventurers will love the mysterious Copt Howe rock carvings that can be found in Great Langdale and of course the Coniston Copper Mines. Why not visit the World of Beatrix Potter attraction, the setting where the famous author wrote her books. There is also a lovely gift shop and a tearoom to relax in that Beatrix Potter fans will love. If you’re visiting during the summer, there are a number of campsites where you can pitch up and sleep alfresco.
The Yorkshire Dales
For those who seek an active countryside experience then the Yorkshire Dales is the place for you. Situated at the heart of the Pennines it offers an excessive range of exhilarating experiences from castles to caves not to mention The Three Peaks. Fancy an adventure? Children and adults alike will love the mysterious tunnels that await inside The Forbidden Corner while Ripley Castle makes for a fascinating day out for all. The Yorkshire Dales is perfect for a family who just love to be active, and many of HomeAway’s short term lets also welcome pets, making it the perfect family destination!
The New Forest
The New Forest is a place of true beauty and it has something that everyone can enjoy whether you like to relax and take in the scenery or you prefer to explore. If you are taking the little ones, a visit to the Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park is a must. Take a walk in the woods or spend the afternoon in one of the many cosy pubs.
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