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England’s Top 5 Rural Escapes

Guest - Wednesday April 06, 2016 8:00
National Trust, Lake District

National Trust, Lake District

Today, we’re bringing you a handpicked selection of England’s most spectacular rural destinations, curated by Cottages in Northumberland. If you’re looking for travel inspiration or want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, the British countryside offers a rich variety of stunning scenery and activities. So whether you just want to relax and take in the view or put on your walking boots and explore, you won’t be short of things to do on your next escape to the country.


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As England’s most northerly county, Northumberland offers miles of unspoilt countryside vistas and stunning coastline just waiting to be explored. Famed for its historic attractions, including Hadrian’s Wall and Holy Island, you won’t be short of things to do when it comes to sightseeing. Why not book a holiday cottage in Seahouses, offering the perfect base from which to explore? Take a boat trip to the famous Farne Islands to see the local wildlife – including puffins and seals – or, for the ultimate day out, drive inland to Cragside House. This National Trust house and park was home to Lord Armstrong, and was the first building in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity – with the stately house forming the centrepiece of the stunning gardens and woodland that surround it.



Situated in the far south west of the country, Cornwall is adored for its golden beaches and sunny weather – making it the perfect summertime escape. Pay a visit to Carnewas and the Bedruthan Steps on the north coast of Cornwall to enjoy spectacular clifftop views over the bay – scattered with dramatic natural rock formations. Despite the steep incline down to the sea, the National Trust have rebuilt the steps down to the shore – meaning you can enjoy the views from all angles. But beware of the incoming tide, which can trap unsuspecting visitors at the base of the cliffs. Visit the National Trust holidays website to explore a selection of cozy Cornwall cottages.



Dominating the landscape of North Yorkshire, the North York Moors offer breathtaking views of rolling hills covered in vibrant wildflowers and shrubs – with miles of walking routes to explore. No trip to the area is complete without a visit to Mount Grace Priory, one of the best preserved Carthusian priories in Britain. Explore the ruins of the priory or walk through the surrounding woods, keeping your eyes peeled for the famous population of wild stoats. With a variety of accommodation options on offer in the North York Moors, you won’t be short of places to rest after a day out exploring the moorland trails.



The Lake District is a labyrinth of rugged mountains, idyllic lakes and charming market towns. If you’re short on time, a visit to popular Derwentwater is a must – providing all the delights of the Lake District in one convenient location. Take a boat from Keswick to the base of Cat Bells for a challenging hill walk, with rewarding views from the 450m-high summit – or explore the shore paths surrounding the lake to get a glimpse of the landscape which inspired many of the famed novels by Beatrix Potter. For the most authentic Lake District escape, why not try camping? With numerous campsites available, you’re guaranteed to get closer to the natural wonders which make this part of the country so beautiful.



Offering yet another slice of stunning British coastline, the county of Dorset is famed for its Jurassic Coast beaches – and is a popular destination for British holidaymakers looking to escape the confines of the capital. Take a walk through the sand dunes of Studland National Nature Reserve to enjoy views over the bay – and if you’re lucky, you may even encounter some of the local wildlife. If sightseeing is on your agenda, make sure you check out the spectacular ruins of Corfe Castle – just a short drive from Studland Bay. Pair your Dorset escape with a stay in one of the many coastal cottages available on the National Trust Holidays website.

There you have it – 5 of England’s most beautiful rural destinations. Whether you’re making a quick stop or planning a longer stay, these majestic counties should provide you with plenty of inspiration for your next trip.Join Now

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