Travel in England's Countryside to see Nature and Wildlife

If you’re traveling to England, don’t go home with just the tourist photos of London and Big Ben! Extend your vacation into the English countryside, to see the wildlife and nature that this green and pleasant land has to offer.

England Nature
Picture by Steve Bridger

Travel north to see the world famous Lake District that inspired the poet Wordsworth in Cumbria, or explore the Yorkshire Dales, the setting for the much loved animal stories by country veterinarian James Herriot. Hike the Pennine Way, between Yorkshire and Lancashire, or walk the hills of the Peak District in Derbyshire. Go on holiday in Devon to see the puffins of Lundy Island, and the miniature ponies of Dartmoor, or walk the Tarka Trail, in Tarka country in North Devon, home of ‘Tarka the Otter’.

With its miles and miles of coastline, England has many beaches, which are popular for swimming, sailing and watersports, as well as the usual beach life, cliff top walks and tide pools. Many watersports activity centres offer sailing boats, pedaloes, canoes, windsurfing and kitesurfing boards for hire.

On land, it is easy to find stables for horseback riding, or bike rentals for mountain biking. Orienteering is popular in national parks, as well as the more child friendly letterboxing, which offers a fun family treasure hunt type activity in the beautiful surroundings of Dartmoor.

The pretty English countryside offers many activities for watching wildlife or interacting with animals. You can go pony trekking, visit a farm attraction, or take a birdwatching or whale watching cruise and see basking sharks, grey seals, puffins, dolphins and porpoises.

Inland, there are deer, badgers, hedgehogs, woodpeckers and kingfishers, nature reserves and butterfly meadows. For more exotic wildlife, there are safari parks such as Longleat in Wiltshire, zoos and animal sanctuaries.

So travel around, from Cornwall and Devon to the Lake District, exploring the countryside and wildlife, and you’ll have seen the true heart of England.

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