Forget London because it is exploring the English countryside that is truly breathtaking. That’s right. Away from all the tall buildings, bright lights, busy pockets and not-so-undiscovered gems is a plethora of magical escapes made up of age-old woodlands, hills that look like they’re made out of patchwork quilts, heart-stopping coasts, quaint towns and just about everything else that falls into the category of quintessentially British.
Like looking a menu packed full of delicious options, though, knowing where to start on your countryside adventure can be a bit of a challenge. So, to help you write your list, we have pulled together some of the most beautiful countryside escapes England has to offer. Enjoy the peace and quiet.
Big skies. Winding country lanes. Ancient buildings. Picturesque villages. And a coastline that rivals them all. Yeah, this little spot that is tucked away on the east coast is an absolute must see. In terms of where to stay, No.33 in Thornham or The Hoste Arms in Burnham Market are both gorgeous, and they both offer you a great base from which to run off to Hunstanton, Brancaster Golf Club and the world-famous Holkham beach, where many a film has been shot.
If you are looking to escape somewhere that offers up an array of life’s little pleasures, then this rather large area needs to be outlined in thick red pen on whatever map you are using. We say rather large because it covers five counties and 800 square miles, which begs the question, where should you stay. For us, The Wood Norton hotel in Evesham, Worcestershire jumps straight to the top of the list. It was fit enough for French Royalty in the nineteenth century and it has only gotten better with age. What better way is there to walk through honey-coloured villages and hike the rolling hills knowing that you get to crash in a Grade II listed Mansion at the end of it all.
The Lake District
This huge expanse of breath-snatching vistas is revered for its natural beauty. You could travel the entire world and not find anywhere that offers your eyes a tonic quite as powerful as the ones in the Lake District. The dense woodlands, intriguing mountains, magical lakes, unruffled landscapes and little villages that are speckled all over the place; yeah, this is somewhere truly unique. Oh, and if you are looking to escape the city for a little adventure, then this place is probably going to offer you the answer you were hoping to hear. So, head onto Airbnb, look at what sweet little cottage you can grab in either Keswick, Kendal or Ambleside and start enjoying some lazy mornings and action-packed afternoons, before a hearty pub lunch for dinner.
These are the three we would recommend you see because these are three that most ooze what it is to be an English countryside. That doesn’t mean this list is in any way complete. In fact, it is worth mentioning some other places, such as Cornwall, the Yorkshire Dales, South Cambridgeshire and Hadrian’s Wall Country. Basically, you can expect to be hopping about for a lot longer than you may have anticipated.