Come fall in love with the English countryside
I love watching the likes of Midsomer Murders, Emmerdale, or Downton Abbey on TV and dreaming of quaint little English villages and grand stately homes. If you were wondering if it is really is that lovely and thinking of embarking on a grand tour of England, the answer is yes – the countryside is England’s best-kept secret, and experiencing it should definitely feature on your travel bucket list.
The English countryside is best enjoyed in the summertime when villages and towns hold their Saturday farmers’ markets, summer fetes, fayres, and Sunday afternoon cricket matches on the village green. A proper Sunday roast in a traditional pub and an afternoon tea in a cozy tea room after a visit to a castle, gardens or walk on the country lanes should also be on your must-experience list.
From Yorkshire in the north to Kent in the south, you’ll find that the country is made up of medieval villages featuring ivy-covered stone cottages with lush gardens on narrow roads, all centered around a village green or town square. There are even a few deserted medieval villages where the time seems to have stopped, a bit like Bodie Ghost town in California where you can relive the Wild Wild West.
Every English village or town was built with a purpose. You can expect to find something great to learn when you visit any of the medieval destination: a castle, manor, or an abbey, all of which are usually surrounded by extensive grounds and gardens.
As you travel from village to village, you can also expect to find an impressive grey-stone church or two close to the village green or the town square, as well as a tea room, a public house, and a pub. In many old market towns a river runs nearby where you can see houseboats moored along the sides.
All you need to do is decide what kind of hamlet, village, or little town you want to see and take your pick from the selection: those filled with antique stores, the ones hosting summer fetes and cricket, or those filled with lush gardens and cobblestone streets too narrow for cars. In England, there’s something for every taste.
There’s even something for food lovers. Dotted around the countryside you’ll find Michelin-starred gastro pubs, traditional carveries where you can enjoy your meal next to a crackling fire, and quaint floral tea rooms that offer the best clotted cream scones you could ever imagine.
So, go, step into the magic of the English countryside, I guarantee that you’ll feel like you either stepped back in time or into a Masterpiece Theater production. Either way, you won’t regret your adventure.