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The Great Outdoors

England is famous for its theatres, museums and galleries, but they aren’t the only places you can see something special. The country is packed full of natural beauty too, from the shores of the Jurassic Coast to the mountains of the Lake District. If you’re looking for an exciting voyage or just a relaxing trip to the countryside, there are plenty of activities that let you enjoy England’s spectacular sights.

Those who are feeling adventurous can try their hand at boating in the Norfolk Broads. There you can take on a wildlife safari at the Broads National Park, a nature park home to more than 11,000 species – the highest concentration of rare wildlife in England. Keep your eyes peeled for otters in the waterlilies, and if you’re lucky you may spot a swallowtail – Britain’s biggest and brightest butterfly. When you’re done you can chill out at the tree tower at Hickling, and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the countryside in all its glory.

© South West Coast Path/Roy Curtis

If you’re after a more laid-back way to enjoy England’s scenery, hiking along the South West Coast Path may be right up your street. There are 630 miles of coastline for you to explore, stretching from Somerset’s Minehead around to the shores of Poole Harbour in Dorset. Feel free to take your time and enjoy the sights, such as Devon’s Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site famous for its dramatic cliffs and sheltered coves. You might even discover a fossil or two along the way. But there’s more to the South West than rocks and pebbles. Take on one of the region’s pub walks and you’ll find out why the South West is famous for its ciders and ales – a nice cold one is the perfect reward for a day of hiking.

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Traveling fitness freaks will want to grab their bikes and try the Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route, a 146-mile long journey that takes you on a grand tour of Yorkshire’s rolling hills. But if it sounds like too much hard work, don’t sweat it – the route is suitable for all levels, so you can enjoy the epic views in your own time. And best of all, Yorkshire is home to a number of great country pubs and cafés for you to stop at along the way.

Finally, there’s the Lake District, an area famous for its fells and lakes – hence the name. For a unique adventure, why not explore its stunning surroundings by horseback? Take a horse tour along Cumbria’s beaches and trails, or venture to the top of Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. Be sure to try some of the region’s famous Kendal Mint Cake while you’re there too.

These are just a sample of what the English countryside has to offer, and if boating, hiking, cycling and riding aren’t for you, there’s still lots to do; England’s sleepy country villages and gardens are a perfect way to spend a relaxing afternoon, and there are hundreds of cool events and festivals to visit. All these great locations are easily accessible from the major cities, but once you’ve spent time in the country, you might not want to leave.