Family countryside retreats right on your doorstep

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Devon

Devon certainly scores highly if you’re looking for a fun-filled yet relaxing holiday for the whole family. Famous for its picturesque coastline and sweeping sandy beaches, Devon is the envy of many European countries for its Jurassic scenery and raw charm.

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Both the Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks are must-sees if making the trip, and if you’re looking to truly channel your inner explorer, head to the ancient bridge of the Tarr steps for a picnic, paddle and/or a plunge!

Devon’s many towns and villages also have a lot to offer; from quaint high streets & back streets full of character and history to inter-village cycle trails, you and the family can enjoy the best that Devon has to offer at a pace that suits you.

Norfolk

Situated on the East coast of England, Norfolk is the ideal holiday destination for any budding David Attenborough’s. Home to over 11,000 rare wildlife species, the wildlife safari along the Norfolk Broads is teaming with Dragonflies, Kingfishers, Otters and butterflies. And if you’re looking to catch a glimpse of more exotic creatures, then head to the Thirghy Hall Wildlife Gardens in Great Yarmouth where you can rub shoulders with tigers, leopards and primates to name a few.

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Wildlife not your thing? Not to worry. How about taking a tip to Berney Arms where you can wade through the vast marshlands, visit their iconic windmill and visit Britain’s most remote train station (if you can find it!)

Lake District

Looking for an adventure-full family retreat? Then look no further than the Lake District in England’s North-West.

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Camp, canoe, raft, hike and bike your way through the ever-changing landscape where you also have the opportunity to try your hand at archery, horse riding and much more.

With the opportunity to explore forests, mountains, moors, lakes, rivers and streams, it’s no wonder why the Lake District is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK for domestic holidaymakers. 

Dorset

Located on England’s South coast, Dorset plays host to beautiful stretches of Britain’s expansive countryside. As well as being the perfect location to indulge in some of the aforementioned activities such as camping and wildlife excursions, Dorset also offers up alternative activities for those a little more daring.

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Camp Bestival is held every August and brings together a perfect blend of popular music acts with children’s television entertainers to ensure both the kids and the adults have plenty to enjoy. Dorset also boasts an alpine activity centre, Snowtrax, where you can practice your snowplough turns whilst the kids perfect their tuck position!

Still looking for more excitement? Take a trip to Monkey Word and Ape Rescue Centre where you’ll get a chance to meet our hairy ascendants and re-connect with your primitive self in truly magical surroundings.

The Cotswolds

For those looking for a slower-paced vacation, the Cotswolds is ideal. The quaint and beautifully preserved towns and villages which make up the Cotswolds are remnant of times of yore and a poignant reminder of just how much things have changed. The spa towns of Bath and Cheltenham are particularly stunning examples, offering a mix of new and old; infusing breath-taking architecture with modern retail amenities. And for any cricket lovers out there, what could be more quintessentially English than enjoying a game of cricket in rural surroundings at one of the many village greens?

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And if the kids are looking to burn off some energy, the Cattle Country Adventure Park in Berkeley, Gloucestershire is a great way to tire them out – giving you time to drink in the evening atmosphere in the local pubs and eateries.

North Yorkshire

The North Yorkshire Moors National Park offers up the great outdoors in breath-taking settings with an abundance of activities to suit all tastes.

Known as the great Yorkshire forest, Dalby Forest contains over 55 miles of cycling trails to accommodate all levels of cyclist. Whether you’re after a relaxing cycle to take in the surroundings or want the adrenaline rush of downhill slaloms, this place has the lot. Segway tours are also available for a unique way to explore the forest. And if you’re a budding Brian Cox, Dalby is a Dark Sky Discovery Site making it a prime spot for gazing at the stars.

Other spots to check out are Mulgrave Woods and the National Nature Reserves of Duncombe Park, Garbutt, Guisborough Forest and Forge Valley Woods. You may find yourself booking a few extra night’s stay just to fit it all in!

Andrew Segal loves travelling both overseas and in the UK. He works for iCarhireinsurance.com, a leading provider of car hire excess insurance.

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