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The Countryside of England

Discover the countryside of England on your doorstep or on holiday

England is home to an extraordinarily varied landscape. It ranges in it’s diversity from the spectacular coastlines and sandy beaches of Cornwall through to the dramatic highest peak of Scafell Pike in Cumbria taking in rolling hills, heather clad moors, lush green valleys, woodlands and forests and more on it’s journey.

Stream in the Cumbria Countryside
Stream in the Cumbria Countryside

You can get out and discover that nature has something to offer in every month of the year, and everywhere in England you’re never far from a local park, walk, local nature reserve or even national park.

Bluebells Wood in Hertfordshire
Bluebells Wood in Hertfordshire


Explore the English Countryside | VisitEngland
The official tourist board for England. Explore England’s countryside. Be inspired to get out into the English countryside at VisitEngland. With things to see and do throughout England.

Campaign to Protect Rural England
Protecting and shaping the English countryside. CPRE fights for a better future for England’s countryside.

Natural England
The government’s adviser for the natural environment in England, helping to protect England’s nature and landscapes for people to enjoy and for the services they provide.

The National Trust – Countryside
See how the number of places we protect has grown and learn more about the special places we care for.

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Rural Retreats in The English Countryside

Hundreds of rural retreats in idyllic locations from shepherd's huts to charming cottages and grand country houses. Find self-catering accommodation to remember: Lake District, Cotswolds, Dartmoor, Peak District, Clwydian Range and Dee Valley, Dedham Vale, East Devon, New Forest, Norfolk Coast, North Devon, Shropshire Hills, Snowdonia, South Devon, South Downs, Yorkshire Moors.

CoolStays in The English Countryside

A remarkable array of diverse types of properties to let including everything from Shepherd's Huts, Houseboats, Contemporary Eco-homes, Architectural Gems, Windmills, Lakeside Lodges, Treehouses and so much more, all with nature literally on your doorstep! 

Forest Holidays in England

How about a break in the heart of one of England's magical forests? With cabins in woodland glades and terraces on the edge of ponds or lakes and at the edge of forests with panoramic views of open meadow.

English Countryside News

  • Scottish fruit farmers recruit thousands of locals to save harvest

    Students and laid-off bar and restaurant workers given jobs as pickers after urgent appeal Scottish fruit farmers have solved a recruitment crisis that could have resulted in this year’s harvest of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries being destroyed.Several thousand people, including students and restaurant and bar workers laid off because of the coronavirus […]

  • Grouse shoots scrapped as heather burning is banned on moors

    Torching heather, popular with gamekeepers but bad for the environment, is now outlawed in several upland areas of northern EnglandThe controversial practice of setting heather-covered moorland on fire – often carried out by gamekeepers to create more attractive habitats for grouse – is now banned on more than 30 major tracts of land in northern England. Three […]

  • Country diary: carrion crows construct their high-rise abode

    Langstone, Hampshire: The pair get to work high in the canopy, preparing their nest and seeing off predatorsSpurred into action by the spring sunshine, our resident carrion crows have one thing on their minds. Just as they’ve done for the past five years, this pair have begun to build on the foundations of last year’s nest, high in the crown of a statuesque oak […]

  • Country diary: my heart dances with the daffodils

    Letah Wood, Northumberland: Sunlight slants through the beeches and the hillside is fresh and green with wild garlicAt the entrance to Letah Wood, a loud-voice wren trills from an ivy perch and silver birches reach up into a blue sky. Believed to be the last wild daffodil wood in Northumberland, it is owned and managed by the Woodland Trust. The Letah Burn cuts a meandering […]

  • Country diary: there's solace to be found walking down a rural lane

    Crook, County Durham: It is impossible to overvalue access to nature in the edgelands between town and countryThanks to coronavirus and physical distancing, we’ve seen some glorious sunrises lately. Early one morning last week, while few people were about, as the sun crept over Rumby Hill, we walked a mile from home to Mown Meadows or, as they’re known locally, […]

  • Country diary: last of the winter reed

    Haddiscoe Island, Norfolk: Wally Mason may well be the last person in Britain to cut thatching reed the traditional way It’s easy to lose your bearings among the vast horizons of Haddiscoe Island. This triangular grazing marsh on the borders of Norfolk and Suffolk, enclosed by the rivers Waveney and Yare, feels far bigger than its 2,000 acres, and more remote than its […]

  • Lamorna Ash: adventures on a Cornish trawler

    For her debut book Dark, Salt, Clear, the young writer immersed herself in a Cornish fishing community, a life-changing experience that led to one of spring’s most hotly anticipated titlesLamorna Ash has a hunch about seasickness: a conviction that there could be more than one reason why a person might feel suddenly queasy up on deck. “A fisherman told me that his […]

  • The future is in our hands: drive to save traditional skills

    A new campaign hopes to revive ‘critically endangered’ ancient techniquesClay pipe making, wainwrighting, tanning and making spinning wheels – all are skills of the past that can offer us a sustainable future. This is the message behind a drive, launched this spring, to preserve endangered traditional crafts in Britain.With a new award of £3,000 […]

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