Explore Counties in the Heart of England

From the wildness of the Peak District to the Cotswold's cosy charm, the counties that make up the Heart of England, can offer rolling hills, ancient woodlands, dramatic moors, heritage rich Oxford and the spa towns of Cheltenham and Bath. Cider trails in Herefordshire and canal routes in Staffordshire.

Cheshire

Cheshire

Close to the Peak District for outdoor adventure, with the historic city of Chester and wonderful market towns and historic houses and gardens to explore, such as Tatton Park, Cheshire has a lot to offer. Also Chester Zoo or how about a day at the races?

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Derbyshire

Derbyshire

Home to Chatsworth House and the Peak District National Park and 'if you must' Alton Towers, and housing part of the National Forest, Derbyshire is a perfect location for a family holiday. Superb for walkers, cyclist, climbers, and canoeist. Also the wonderful Crich Tramway village.

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Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire

There is so much to recommend holidaying in Gloucestershire including the Cotwolds, the adventure of the Forest of Dean, the colour of Westonbirt Arboretum. The regency splendor of Cheltenham and the historic docks and Cathedral of Gloucester. Fabulous walking countryside.

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Herefordshire

Herefordshire

Canoe down the River Wye, or rock climb at Symonds Yat, Cycle around the Black and White villages of Herefordshire, sampling the local cider as you go. Visit the lovely market towns of Ledbury or Leominster, not forgetting the see the famous Mappa Mundi in Hereford Cathedral.

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Leicestershire

Leicestershire

From great family cycle trails in the National Forest to navigating the Grand Union Canal at Foxton Locks, exploring Bosworth Battlefields or regency Belvoir Castle; Leicestershire offers some great family attractions including a great eco building at Brocks Hill Country Park

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Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire

Pretty thatched cottages, gentle rolling countryside and some cracking historic houses including Althorp, Kelmarsh Hall and Rockingham Castle. Great for walking and cycling or boating on the Grand Union Canal or at nearby Rutland Water.

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Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire

Famous for Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest, and the glorious National Trust Clumber Park, there is lots to see and do in Nottinghamshire. Visit the vibrant city of Nottingham, with its Lace Trail, great bars and restaurants and lots of arts events.

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Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire

Offering natural, cultural and historical attractions Oxford and Oxfordshire have something to keep everyone happy. Cycling and walking, with the Cotswolds nearby and a wealth of museums and art galleries.

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Rutland

Rutland

A gem of a county with glorious rolling countryside and the traditional market towns of Oakham, Standford and Uppingham, with great local food. And there is plenty of scope for outdoor activity at Rutland Water where you can hire bikes, try sailing or rowing, or simply walk around.

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Shropshire

Shropshire

Beautiful walking country and fascinating market towns like Ludlow, Bishop's Castle and Much Wenlock with good restaurants, great local food and imaginative arts events. The Ironbridge Gorge Museum and Stokesay castle are all not to be missed.

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Staffordshire

Staffordshire

Providing access to the Peak District National Park, tranquil canal routes and the heather heathland of Cannock Chase, Staffordshire is the ideal base for exploring the outdoors. Great forest cycle trails and lovely walks, and the National Forest on the doorstep.

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Warwickshire

Warwickshire

The birthplace of Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon, is not all Warwickshire has to offer, there's Warwick Castle, historic Rugby, towns and villages full of English charm. Try boating on the River Avon or catch a play at the RSC theatre.

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West Midlands

West Midlands

With great places to visit from the Black Country Museum to the Jacobean Aston Hall and National Trust 'back to backs' in Birmingham. And great to for the kids Cadbury's world and West Midlands Safari park.

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Worcestershire

Worcestershire

Fancy pony trekking. or cycling, or may be a challenging walk? There is plenty to discover in Worcestershire with the beauty of the Malvern Hills, the Teme Valley or the asparagus growing Vale of Evesham. There is also historic Broadway, at the edge of the Cotswolds and the wonderful Lickey Hills.

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Self-catering cottage holidays in the UK and Ireland can still be a green option. You can have the comforts of home and the flexibility to do what you want; when you want - without the hassles of air travel!

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