Choosing the Best Countryside for Your UK Holiday

There are many things to love about holidaying in the UK – and countryside landscapes certainly top this list. We’re spoilt for choice with breathtaking views, rolling hills and majestic peaks. So, it’s no surprise that this makes for some of the best getaways for people of all ages. 

Staying in the countryside doesn’t just give you a chance to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. There’s a whole world of activities, heritage and culture to enjoy too. Delve into some of the best UK countryside spots below to inspire your next break, as we look at five of our favourites…

  • Peak District 

Hikers and walkers will delight in the variety and diversity of the countryside landscapes in the Peak District. This region is also home to the UK’s original National Park and is often known as a ‘land of two halves’. Here you’ll experience everything from famous hills such as Kinder Scout and Mam Tor, plus wild moorlands and scenic dales. Each location has a distinct character. 

Scattered throughout the Peak District, you can also explore quaint villages and bustling market towns. Ashford-in-the-Water is a prime example of tradition and character, with pretty stone cottages and medieval churches against an emerald backdrop. 

For visitors looking for the perfect base to explore Kinder Scout, head to Hayfield. This charming village is nestled in the valley of the River Sett. It’s famed for its annual Country Show and Sheepdog trials.

  • The Cotswolds

No countryside holiday list would be complete without featuring The Cotswolds. This quintessentially English destination is nothing short of spectacular in character and natural beauty. 

The Cotswolds covers an area of approximately 800 acres and sits in five counties – making it one of the largest countryside destinations in the UK. The area is famed for its rolling hills or ‘wolds’ and picturesque villages featuring honey-coloured stone architecture.  

The variety of activities in the region makes it a perfect trip for adults and children alike. You’re never short of countryside to explore with over 3,000 miles of footpaths and bridleways among woodlands and meadows. Another draw to the area is its rich foodie scene. Food festivals, local events, gastro pubs and vibrant cafes give you the perfect excuse to enjoy some downtime after a stroll. 

One must-visit spot on your stay is Bourton-on-the-Water. It’s everything you expect from the picture-perfect village with medieval houses and pretty stone bridges. Whatever season you visit, you’re sure to see an array of colours and flora. 

  • Warwickshire

Warwickshire is best known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, but among its history and literary links – it’s also a top spot to immerse your senses in rural charm. 

The region is abundant with medieval villages, striking castles and captivating country estates. Between its interesting past and heritage sits characterful towns bursting with shops and trails to explore. 

Visit Warwick for a delightful display of 14th-century military architecture at Warwick Castle. This iconic fortress is full of legends and tales of a bygone era, and tours are suitable for all ages. A trip during the school holidays also offers an action-packed variety of live shows and experiences. 

Another tranquil showcase of the area is by boat on the River Avon. Stepping aboard a historic Edwardian cruise takes you past The Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Bancroft Gardens. For those wanting to explore further, hire a traditional rowing boat to recreate the romance of the era.  

  • Northumberland 

Located on the border of England and Scotland is the beautiful region of Northumberland. Combining coast and countryside, it’s certainly not short of hidden gems and breathtaking beauty to explore. 

Of course, a stay in this location sets you perfectly beside Hadrian’s Wall. For a unique experience at this Roman frontier, head to Cawfields. This spot is a designated Dark Skies Discovery Site – best of all, you don’t need a telescope to admire the magical starry skies. However, there are numerous tours and star gazing experiences to learn more about the night sky. 

By day, the picturesque countryside creates a variety of spectacular walking experiences for all abilities. Capture views as far as the eye can see from rocky ridges in the Allen Valley. Or unfold exciting stories and history at Aydon Castle, a 13th-century manor house in Corbridge. 

Northumberland packs all you could need and more for families looking for fun and adventure. Ingram Valley Farm Safari has all the countryside favourites from cattle, sheep, red deer and lambs in spring. Another top attraction is Heatherslaw Light Railway. The ride takes you between Heatherslaw and Etal Castle and showcases the region’s beautiful scenery, including the Cheviot Hills. 

  • Shropshire

Bordering Wales and the English county of Cheshire is the historic rural region of Shropshire. The area is one of the best countryside escapes in the UK for various reasons. 

Not only do you have vibrant market towns and a delicious foodie scene to explore – most of south Shropshire is also a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). 

Another major draw to this region is its mix of festivals throughout the year. Dotted around countryside locations sees, events such as Shrewsbury Folk Festival and Ludlow Food Festival showcase the best products and experiences from the area. In August 2022, the region is also set to hold its first Camp Bestival at Weston Park

Plan your countryside stay with kate & tom’s 

The UK has some of the best countryside holiday destinations to enjoy a family getaway. What’s more, you can explore each beautiful location from one of our hand-picked holiday cottages. Choose from spectacular rural estate homes to cosy country cottages, all set in tranquil retreats. Hot tub, swimming pool or games room on your wish-list too? We have it covered! 

Browse our stunning houses online or contact our team on [email protected] to find the perfect holiday cottage surrounded by the best countryside in the UK.