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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

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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

  • From high fell tarn to a lake skimmed with oil: Country diary, 2 February 1970

    2 February 1970 There were soft reflections on the water – those of dead, pale moor-grass, the brown and green of rushes, the glow of dead bracken KeswickI went to a shallow tarn, on a fell shoulder, which is often frozen or swept by winds at this time of the year but it was as open and calm as on any summer’s day. These are dark mornings and the light was still […]

  • Country diary: cockle-picking birds are a poignant reminder of tragedy

    Arnside, Cumbria: The mudflats gleam like sheet metal in the winter sun, but there is great danger on Morecambe Bay’s sands Somehow we didn’t notice the tide race out. A short time ago, the brown Irish Sea was lapping right up against the coast near Silverdale; now it has made a leap away from the land and is strung across the sand of Morecambe Bay in a curving, […]

  • Country diary: channelling past lives in a derelict coalyard

    Crambeck, North Yorkshire: I crouch at the broken grate and someone long ago becomes present, strikes a match, and we wait together for the glowNature is reinventing this wedge of land between the railway and the River Derwent, once a small coalyard. A half century of quiet work has created a skim of gritty black soil and in early summer the place is a riot of floral colour. […]

  • Country diary: could alder wood wasps be breathing new life into an old friend?

    Abbeydale, South Yorkshire: A much-loved tree may have gone, but dozens of small holes drilled up its trunk make me think a new chapter is about to beginWhen Jim died, we decided, having talked it through with the neighbours, to leave him where he was in the garden. Our friend had been good to us in life and there was no reason to assume that would change. Jim was a tree, a […]

  • Country diary: disoriented birds can no longer tell day from light-polluted night

    Sandy, Bedfordshire: A false dawn had begun at dusk the day before, with the bright beams from an industrial estateA good hour before sunrise, two song thrushes were in full voice in a small copse by the railway line. A little burst of this, a little snatch of that. What stirred them into pouring out attention-seeking nocturnes now? This was a time when tawny owl talons might […]

  • Country diary: in the mist it's easy to imagine long-gone days at the races

    Lambert’s Castle, Dorset: The hillfort track hasn’t been in use since the 1950s, but legend dates it back to the RomansOn a clear day, the views from the hillfort at Lambert’s Castle are so far-reaching that it once hosted an optical telegraph station. During the Napoleonic wars it was part of a chain relaying news from Plymouth to the Admiralty Office in […]

  • Country diary: the psychology of seeing off those thieving pigeons

    Great Casterton, Rutland: Those bangs are meant to sound like guns – because birds know what guns doAppearances aside, true peace is elusive here. The A1, just over a rise, keeps the background away from silence most days. It’s subtle, like an endless exhale, and you don’t notice it’s there – but you notice when it’s not. Sunday mornings […]

  • Share your experiences of once-in-a-lifetime jobs

    After hundreds apply to run a café on a remote Irish island, we’d like to hear about your one-of-a-kind job experiences Do you dream of quitting the rat race and moving to a remote island to run a B&B, book shop or animal sanctuary? You’re not alone. From Alaska to South Africa, hundreds of people have responded to a posting to manage accommodation and a […]

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