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Breathe in the fresh air of the British countryside as you sit back and relax. Embark upon a rural escape where you’ll find rolling hills and cobblestone streets.

With most Britons living amongst the hustle and bustle of cities, a countryside getaway is the perfect solution for some downtime. Reconnect with nature and watch the world go by from one of these idyllic destinations;

Lake District

Lake District National Park Countryside

Located in North West England, the Lake District is a World Heritage Site. With its high fells, glacial lakes and rural villages, it’s no surprise tourists from around the world visit this magnificent destination. It is home to England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike. Scafell Pike is part of the National Three Peaks Challenge, a challenge that involves climbing the three highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales, often within 24 hours.

The Lake District not only has the highest peak but it also holds other national records. It has Wastwater, England’s deepest lake and Windermere, the longest lake in England.

Yorkshire Dales

Yorkshire Dales countryside

Neighbouring the Lake District and a mere M6 width apart, the Yorkshire Dales has the most stunning landscapes. Surrounded by countless valleys and hills, picture postcard villages embody the rich industrial heritage of this county. Yorkshire have their own Three Peaks Challenge, where climbers scale the three highest peaks in the Dales. Nestled in between the peaks are spectacular waterfalls which seem only real in fairy tales.

If you’re in need of a rest from all the hiking, the Yorkshire Dales has plenty of Gastropubs and cafes where you can sample some of Yorkshire’s finest; locally produced ale, the traditional Yorkshire pudding and of course, a nice proper brew.

Dartmoor Park

Dartmoor National Park in Devon Countryside

Dartmoor Park is situated in the laid-back county of Devon. Its vast landscape makes it ideal for families and what’s more it’s dog-friendly. With wide open spaces and varied terrain, Dartmoor Park is great for hiking and climbing.

In contrast to the other countryside escapes, Dartmoor Park has a gentle side. Visitors can enjoy the slow-paced lifestyle of the South West with long strolls and plenty of trails to follow. While you’re exploring you will also come across the wild Dartmoor ponies and cattle that roam the forest. There are plenty of places to stay in Dartmoor, from quintessential cottages and rustic Inns to romantic wooden lodges and even a regal castle.

Getting to the Countryside

Many National Parks welcome coaches in a bid to reduce the amount of cars roaming around. Coach travel is one of the most eco-friendly modes of transport.

If you’re travelling as a group, no matter the size, we can get you to your destination altogether. We regularly transport groups to the UK’s National Parks; from ramblers to wedding parties and everything in-between!

Find out how you can escape to the countryside with Clarkes of London.

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