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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: curiosity and the crows 23rd October 2020
    Wardlow, Derbyshire: The birds’ intelligence and aerial harmonising add to their appeal Cycling up from Monsal Head, I crested a ridge, and soon after turned down the quiet lane that separates Longstone Moor from rough pasture east of Wardlow. On two wheels, this is among the most glorious stretches in the Peak District, a spin […]
  • To be black in the British countryside means being an outsider | VV Brown 20th October 2020
    Ignorant, racist things can come out of the mouths of nice, smiley people in wellington boots. I’m trying to change thatOnly 2% of black people in Britain live in the countryside, according to a 2017 study. I am part of that 2%. I live in a small village just outside Milton Keynes, where I am […]
  • How a storm-stricken Scottish village was swallowed by sand 19th October 2020
    Like many ‘natural’ disasters, much of the destruction that engulfed Culbin in 1694 was manmadeAn unlikely feature of the Scottish landscape, a desert of shifting sand, was created by a north-westerly storm of great ferocity that began blowing on 19 October 1694. It took several days for towering dunes to engulf all the fields of […]
  • James Rebanks: ‘I don't want to be soppy, but my father ended up as my best friend’ 17th October 2020
    The Herdwick Shepherd on three generations of farm life, the joy of cold tea and earning the respect of Masai warriorsPorridge is the best way to really start the day, usually after the shepherding is done. Sometimes I’ll have bacon and eggs, but I’m on a diet at the moment, after being too sedentary, writing […]
  • Country diary: signs of autumn fill the senses 16th October 2020
    Little Casterton, Rutland: A brilliant production ushers in the darker months, fungi are everywhere and trees form hard shadows in the skyFor a couple of days each year, the textures of change in this little nook of Rutland are palpable. The greens of summer are still the foundations, in the grass, in the moss and […]
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