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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.

English Countryside News

RSS Rural affairs | The Guardian
  • Country diary: a toxic beauty waits among the nettles 17th July 2020
    Hitchin, Hertfordshire: Demure and deadly, Atropa belladonna hides among more benign plant neighboursShadows lurk along the snicket edges on my return from an evening walk by the Ash Brook. It’s 9.10pm and a pale sunset has all but leached away, carrying with it the last of the dog walkers, leaving me alone in the half-light. […]
  • Country diary: heathers and restless grasses are arresting 15th July 2020
    Blanchland moor, Northumberland: For the first time in months, I am standing on open heathland with nothing above me but skyMy daily walk during four months of coronavirus lockdown took me only as far as the end of a lane where I could see distant North Pennine fell tops. Today, I am standing on open […]
  • Country diary: the solid gatekeeper of an ancient woodland 13th July 2020
    Haydon Bridge, Northumberland: A Scots pine stands over the entrance of this sheltered green haven as we tread quietly insideA line of wind-bent hawthorns marks the boundary of this upland field. Pale micro moths fly up from the grass as we walk past newly shorn sheep. From the bright light of this open land, it’s […]
  • Country diary: mighty oaks have sprung from the work of the lively jay 11th July 2020
    Talsarnau, Gwynedd: This colourful bird in collecting and hiding acorns is surely responsible for large tracts of oakwood throughout BritainThe rackety magpie family has moved home, from the ivy bush to a tall cypress with a dying ash tree beside it. I can see the convenience of this. The ash branches are perfect lookout posts […]
  • Country diary: the lair of the labyrinth spider 10th July 2020
    Marshwood Vale, Dorset: Catching such athletic, bulky insects as grasshoppers and crickets requires a sturdy trap that can’t be kicked apart too easilyOn dew-laden early mornings, funnel-shaped webs shine in the long grass like crystal vases. Complicated gantries hang between plant stems, tapering down to tubular tunnels, so densely spun that the tough silk appears […]
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