With 13 National Parks and 38 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, England and Wales are lucky to be blessed with some of Europe’s most beautiful countryside. The variation of landscapes is astounding, with deep dales, humbling hills, stunning beaches and wonderful woodlands decorating the country. Escaping the stresses of the city is simple, with peaceful, rural areas abundantly available in all corners. Relaxing, inspiring and picturesque, there’s so much to discover in the British countryside. Whether it’s walking in the Lake District, climbing in the Peaks, mountain biking in the Brecon Beacons or simply relaxing in the Yorkshire Dales, England and Wales make for the ideal location for countryside breaks. Plus, with hostels in virtually every rural spot the country has to offer, YHA are perfectly placed to satisfy all of your accommodation needs.
Great ideas for a countryside holiday
Stretch your legs
Britain’s countryside is perfect for anybody looking to get out on their feet and enjoy the clean, fresh air. There are endless fantastic walks for those of all abilities to enjoy, from the hills of the Lake District to the coast of Cornwall.
Towns and Villages
The British countryside boasts a plethora of quirky towns and villages which complement the vast green spaces. ‘Quintessentially English’ villages are what the countryside is all about, with thriving communities, beautiful old buildings and quaint shops all combining to create characterful spots.
No trip to the countryside is complete without paying a visit to one of the ultimate symbols of Britain: a good old-fashioned traditional country pub. Enjoy a hearty meal, washed down with a pint of good quality, local beer and you’re bound to be satisfied.
Stay under the stars
For many intrepid explorers, a trip to the countryside isn’t complete unless the nights are spent under the stars, close to nature. YHA’s extensive range of camping and cabins options gives guests plenty of scope for enjoying the feeling of being in the outdoors, but with more than a hint of home comfort.
It’s not just what’s immediately visible that can be explored in the English and Welsh countryside. Look beneath the surface and you’ll find that the UK is home to some amazing underground caves. From full-blown underground visitor centres to more extreme options suitable for experts, there’s plenty to be seen below your feet.