Countryside

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

Walkers at Brimham Rocks, North Yorkshire
Red squirrel

Top places to spot red squirrels

We’ve selected some of our best walking trails for spotting red squirrels, from coastal pine woodlands to ancient hunting forests. Keep your eyes peeled and see how many you can find.

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South East of the city of Bath, Bath and NE Somerset

Wide open space overlooking the World Heritage City of Bath

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Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Rolling hills, distant views, chalk grassland, and acres of woodland to explore

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Guildford, Surrey

Tranquil waterway running for nearly 20 miles through the heart of Surrey

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 A weir on the River Wandle in Morden Hall Park, London

Photography: capture the magic of autumn 

Learn how to take amazing pictures this autumn. We've teamed up with our photography partner Panasonic Lumix to show you all the tricks you'll need to capture colourful landscapes, misty mornings and eerie houses.

A group gather to go star gazing on a clear night

Top spots for stargazing 

The big, open skies of the countryside let you see thousands of stars sparkling at night. Take a look at our top spots for stargazing.

Gathering the Welsh Mountain sheep on Watkin Path on the Hafod Y Llan farm, Snowdonia, Wales

Hill and mountain walks 

If you're looking for walks that will take you up hills and down mountains, then our selection is a good place to start.

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