For many visitors, a trip to England entails little more than a few days spent seeing the famous old sights in London. Few travellers venture far beyond the capital city and its shops and theatres. But the country offers so much more, from picturesque towns like Bath, Oxford and York to the stunning landscapes of Yorkshire and Devon, not forgetting the excitement of the great northern cities like Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester. But how do you begin to get around and see what England has to offer?
With so many beautiful secluded spots to discover across England’s green and pleasant land, hiring a car and exploring the open road is a great way to see more. Visit the scenic villages and rolling hills of the Cotswolds or the sublime grandeur of the Lake District and see it for yourself. The Cotswolds are just a two-hour car ride from London, making the area an ideal weekend retreat from the big city. In East Anglia meanwhile you can enjoy the flat green plains of Norfolk while based at a stunning spot like Barnham Broom.
On the Rails
England was where the railways were pioneered, so it’s hardly surprising that the train is one of the most enjoyable and interesting ways to see the country. You can reach big cities like Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds in about two hours from London on the train. If you book in advance then you can also find cheap tickets so you don’t have to break the bank. Deeply embedded in the national consciousness, the trains are a great way to get around if you want to head off to see a whole different side of the country.
Ride your Bike
For a slower pace of travel, why not try exploring the country by rambling, walking or cycling from point to point? There are long-distance paths crossing the entire country which you wouldn’t otherwise be able to reach if you were sticking to your vehicle. They are a great way to find some of the most remote and most exquisite beauty spots in the United Kingdom, and to enjoy some quintessential English tranquillity. Then when you’ve explored the hills and the valleys, end your trek with a deserved pint of ale at a traditional English pub.