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Top 5 Hidden Gems in England

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A wealth of undiscovered gems lie scattered across the green and pleasant land of England. Here are our top 5:

Turville Windmill

1. Turville

The rural charm of The Chilterns encapsulates the soul of England. The lanes of Turville, a village steeped in cinematic charm, have served as the backdrop for many English dramas, including the beloved Vicar of Dibley. Climb up to the iconic windmill on the hill – home to the inventor in the classic film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Hike through woodland and countryside, then relax with a real ale in the cosy ambience of Turville’s traditional, country pub, The Bull & Butcher.

2. Stamford

One of the finest historic stone towns in England, Stamford, Lincolnshire, is home to over 600 listed buildings. Wander through the Georgian splendour, where every corner tells a story. Catch a Shakespearian play at the open-air Tolethope Hall, marvel at Burghley House’s Elizabethan grandeur, and explore Norman ruins and try a pint at the renovated Victorian steam brewery. Enjoy a traditional Roast Dinner in front of a log fire at the The Old Coaching Inn… and don’t mind the gallows overhead – just a reminder of centuries past.

Stamford Street
Wye Valley

3. Wye Valley

History, mystery, woodlands and views are the allure of the Wye Valley. Climb Symonds Yat Rock for the most iconic view of the River Wye as it twists through its horseshoe bend. Hike to the top of Coppett Hill for fantastic views stretching across six countries. Further down the river, Goodrich Castle stands proud, one of the best preserved medieval castles in England. Take a scenic walk along the River Wye or across the charming countryside. And don’t miss Puzzlewood – a mystical forest straight out of a fairy tale, with twisting pathways and moss-covered rocks.

4. Robin Hoods Bay

As you round the clifftop on the North Yorkshire coastline, Robin Hoods Bay comes into view. A jumble of pretty, colourful cottages, this picturesque fishing village perches precariously on the clifftops. Its cobbled streets, winding steeply down to the sea, are steeped in history and folklore: smugglers and pirates walked these narrow alleyways in times of old.

Robin Hoods Bay
Winnats Pass

5. Winnats Pass

In the rugged landscape of England’s Peak District, the towering sides of Winnats Pass gorge rise steeply. Climb – or scramble – up the grassy sides to reach the top. Spectacular views over rolling hills and farmers’ fields, criss-crossed with traditional dry-stone walls, await you. On your way up, look out for the abundant fossils in the limestone rocks of sea creatures that lived here over 35- million years ago. For the more sedentary, a drive between through the gorge is also impressive!


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