English Countryside

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England is home to some really beautiful countryside areas. The relatively small size of the country makes it really easy for visitors to access some lovely countryside areas fairly quickly from most major cities.With mountains, hills, valleys, forests, rivers, and beautiful coastal areas, England is also home to a wide range of flora and fauna. There are also many parks and gardens to enjoy. The warmer summer months are often considered the best times to enjoy the best of the English countryside, but you can also enjoy scenic drives and bracing hikes throughout the colder and wetter winter months too. Spring and Autumn are also both beautiful; in spring you can see flowers starting to bloom, lambs skipping in the fields, and feel the weather in England strating to get warmer, and the pretty colours of the changing leaves in Autumn is also really quite spectacular. 

The English countryside manages to be elegant and genteel as well as wild and dramatic. There are ancient woods and forests, and different coloured lush fields and hills create a marvelous patchwork effect across the horizon. Farms are found throughout the countryside, with a variety of crops and livestock. Rambling paths lead through farmers’ fields, crossing over styles and stepping stones. Country roads lead to quaint and charming villages, historic sites litter the countryside, including old churches, burial sites, memorials, and castles, and you can try some of the delicious country classics such as real ales, cream teas, and locally produced cheeses. Relax in a traditional country pub and enjoy a hearty and filling meal.

English Gardens 

Some of the finest English gardens to pay a visit include the Courts Gardens in Wiltshire, where you can enjoy orchards, flowers, bush sculptures, ponds, and water features, Lytes Cary Manor is home to gorgeous gardens, an impressive manor house, and a truly nostalgic air, and Somerset’s picturesque village of Nunnery is a prime spot nestled in the stunning Mendips. Another Somerset fourite is the charming Kilver Court. Often referred to as the Secret Garden of Somerset, it is a historical garden in the middle of an industrial area. With an enchanting backdrop of a viaduct from the 1800s, it is a veritable visual treat. Barrington Court’s walled garden is positively enchanting, and Hampshire’s Mottisfont Abbey also has a delightful walled rose garden. The Eden Project in Cornwall could have been beamed down direct from a spacecraft! Walk through the rainforest and see different bio-diversities in a variety of zones. 

The Peak District

The Peak District is a great place for walking, and you can enjoy locally produced Buxton Spring Water to quench your thirst. There are caves to be explored and numerous experiences to be had. Cheshire’s Sanddtone Trail leads you through lovely village like Frodsham and Helsby, through the countryside areas of Beeston, where you can stop in and see the old castle and visit the enchantingly named Fairy’s Bridge, and see some glorious countryside areas.

 

Hastings Country Park

Hastings Country Park is loved by locals and visitors alike, and you can try and spot some of the country’s rare wildlife that calls the area home. An area of special conservation, it offers a real treat for visitors. Close to the coast, there are also some really dramatic views to be enjoyed. Different species of migrant birds pass through the area in Spring and Autumn, making it a favourite for bird watchers.

The Tarka Trail

The Tarka Trail sits on the edges of Dartmoor, near to the River Taw and enveloped by verdant fields and open heaths. A walk in the area will lead you through picture perfect villages, and some delightful English moors.

 

Isle of Wight

On the popular Isle of Wight there are numerous scenic natural spots, including a ruined church at the Duver and a fort.  

See the famous Dartmoor ponies on the wild moors, visit the set of famous English TV show in the Yorkshire Dales, enjoy forests such as the New Forest, swing through the tree tops in areas such as Delamere Forest, walk along the reaches of the protective Hadrians Wall, and soak up the beauty in the Mendips, the Cotswolds, and Cheddar Gorge. This is just a small sample of what the English countryside offers – visit for yourself and find your own favourite spots.