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We may only be just starting to think about travel plans as countries start to ease lockdowns, but if you are anything like us, holiday breaks for the rest of the summer are taking the form of... escapes to the countryside. Luckily, England has one of the most beautiful summer countrysides and there are many places to visit for all kinds of breaks into nature.
With some of the most dramatic coastal scenery, Dorest is not to be missed with miles of sandy beaches and lush countryside. Visit places like Hengisbury Head with breathtaking views of the coast, or Brownsea Island owned by the National Trust and popular for their wildlife including red squirrels, deer and peacocks! If woodland is more of your interest, then visit the Moors Valley Country Park with over 1000 acres of forest. This is a good spot if you have kids who can enjoy the woodland sculptures and play areas. There’s also a zip line and golf course for the older kids.
No mention of the English countryside would be complete without reference to the Cotswolds. A drive through this beautiful area contains a number of lovely cottages to rent for your stay. There is abundant quintessential English scenery and quaint stone bridges for you to have a picnic alongside a babbling brook.
If you want to visit a body of water but you prefer to be in-land then the Lake District is for you! Many people choose the Lake District as their escape to the countryside due to its beautiful lakes and expansive vistas. Walks here can take on an epic quality, but keep in mind some areas can be quite hilly and remote.
Northumberland is often forgotten in the list of country escapes, but merits a visit for its spectacular stretches of sandy beaches found near the border with Scotland. Famous for the start of Hadrian's Wall, this is an excellent way to get some exercise while you take in the countryside.
Are you escaping to the country this summer? Let us know where you are going and what countryside escapes you have found. Have a lovely weekend!