The Norfolk Broads
Enjoy perfect nature holidays on the picturesque waterways of the Norfolk Broads. 125 miles of lock-free rivers studded with charming towns and villages. During countryside breaks, hire a boat or a canoe and cruise through the nature reserve where you will see a vast array of native wildlife. The unique environment with its slow-moving rivers and silent marshes are the ideal habitat for otters and migrating birds. Moor up occasionally at a local pub for a Norfolk real ale. Nature holidays have never been so relaxing!
The charming market town of Hexham is a few miles away from the start of the Emperor Hadrian’s Wall. A master feat of engineering, 84 miles of stone bricked wall transverses countryside and rivers across the country to Bowness-on-Solway on the West coast. Countryside breaks spent in Tyneside are usually spent walking! Long distance walkers can accept the challenge to complete the trail, but casual amblers will also enjoy the wild and scenic landscape of Northumberland.
Step back in time with countryside breaks in medieval Shropshire. Wroxeter is the home of the legendary King Arthur and his knights of the round table. Visit the area behind the romantic tales and discover the man behind the myth. You can drive the King Arthur trail, where you will see the most notable elements of the stories such as the Sword in the Stone at Mitchell’s Fold and the Holy Grail at Whittington Castle.
A successful, attractive market town, Ashbourne is known as the gateway to the Peak District National park. It’s cobbled streets with winding side alleys and squares are peppered with charming medieval historical buildings. The surrounding area is ideal for countryside breaks spent walking and exploring the many grand stately homes in the region.
Evershot is a tiny village in Dorset, set at the source of the River Frome. It may be small but it is famous for its connection to Thomas Hardy’s literature. The real-life Acorn Inn is said to feature in his mist famous novel, Tess of the d’Urbervilles. The village has a distinctly Dickensian feel and the views have remained much unchanged since Hardy himself roamed the streets. This location is the ideal base for countryside breaks in the beautiful Derbyshire landscape.
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