Whether you’re dreaming of a week away or a short weekend getaway, you can’t beat the peace, quiet and fresh air of the countryside to destress your mind for a well-deserved break.
With Summer ending, the out-of-office off, and the days getting shorter, it’s time for a cosy country escape for some much needed ‘me’ time. All that’s left to do is pack your bags and head to your perfect rural hideaway – so where are you going?
The Lake District
The Lakes is a must for all country lovers, and with so many walking trails to explore, you’ll be sure to hit your daily steps goal. Get in touch with nature on the dog-friendly paths and walks for all abilities through Borrowdale if you prefer an easy to follow trail not too far from civilisation, or Grasmere for more adventurous paths surrounded by greenery and wildlife.
Cute cabins and cottages are the perfect hideaway spot for you to cosy up in after a long day exploring; with accommodation a stone’s throw away from local castles, forests and rolling hills.
Travel tip: Derwentwater is a nine-mile-long walk around mountains and masses of water for an incredibly scenic day long stroll.
Nature and wildlife, rivers and parks galore, the Cotswolds is a vast area that is revisited time and time again by country lovers. With so much to explore in this region, it’s perfect as your go-to holiday for a breath of fresh air. The Cotswolds is the largest areas of outstanding beauty in England and Wales so if you’re an avid walker or cyclist, it is a must for you. If you enjoy quaint village surroundings, take a walk around the often dubbed ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’, Bourton on the Water, for cute tearooms, cafes and independent shops.
Visit the lush gardens for a stroll in the daytime, with Westonbirt Arboretum and The Royal Gardens at Highgrove as firm favourites among visitors, before reclining to one of many luxury hideaways and curl up by a roaring log fire in a choice of Cotswolds holiday cottages.
Travel tip: For a family day out, visit Birdland, a conservation in the natural setting of woodland, river and gardens with over 500 types of birds to see.
Encompassing the Yorkshire Moors, valleys, hills and villages, this green region of England holds years of history across the land. From the ruins of a 12thcentury monastery to limestone ravine waterfalls, there’s a great day out for sightseers, families, or those wanting an undisturbed peaceful stroll. Popular points of interest and landmarks include Malham Cove for spectacular views, Norber Erratics for some great geological formations and the beautiful unspoilt views of Buttertubs Pass in Muker.
The Dales has recently been expanded, with 161 square miles extra to venture through, so there’s plenty of undiscovered trails and scenic spots for you take in.
Travel tip: If you’re feeling brave, have a go at the Three Peaks challenge!
Dorset’s vast stretch of coastline known as the Jurassic Coast hold millions of years of geological history, from fossils to stunning natural rock formations. This county hosts many sandy beaches and beautiful rural countryside for a tranquil escape, whether you fancy travelling by hot air balloon or quadbike, there’s plenty of activities for you to enjoy across the green land.
Rural Dorset is a great stay for the whole family, with a host of things to do, such as visiting stately homes, tree top trails and animal farms to tire out the little ones. This region is perfect for countryside lovers, as over half of the county has been designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Travel tip: Take the trail to the highest point on the south coast of Britain starting at Highlands End Holiday Park 4.5 miles to the Golden Cap summit.
With all this choice across the UK’s green landscapes, which destination will you visit for your country getaway?