Countryside

Revitalise your senses and explore hills, valleys, woodlands and rivers

Dog sitting on wall with owner
Knole park deer rut

Autumn wildlife walks

Autumn is the time some of the UK’s most impressive wildlife events take place including deer ruts, seal pupping and the arrival of migrant birds – spectacles best glimpsed on foot. You can also spot fungi of all shapes, colours and textures on woodland floors and on the trees.

Swans on the river Wey, frosty towpath

Rivers and lakes 

Rivers and lakes have helped to create some of Britain's most iconic scenery. There's a great chance to see an array of wildlife or take to the water for a spot of watersports.

A sunrise view of Minchinhampton Common, Gloucestershire, looking towards Burleigh from near Bownham

Top five grasslands 

Enjoy the peaceful open spaces of our grassy meadows, teeming with flowers and wildlife.

Explore the Lake District

Discover

See how the number of places we protect has grown and learn more about the special places we care for.

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Not quite set for your trip outdoors? We've got blankets, binoculars and outdoor gadgets to help you get the most from your visit

Active holidays

Ideally placed for watersports, walks and cycle paths, our countryside escapes will mean you're not short of things to do