England is the largest country within the UK, so it comes as no surprise that it is absolutely packed with regions to explore. Each area is special for different reasons, but all come brandishing incredible areas of natural beauty worth exploring.
South East & East Midlands
East of England
North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
North West England
Here are the key regions to visit in England:
There are the Cotswolds. This expansive hilly area in the west of England, also known as “the heart of England”, covers over six counties – Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Worcestershire and Warwickshire. This is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for a reason, with particular emphasis on the sweeping Severn Valley and the mesmerising Evesham Vale. It’s also connected to some of England’s greats, like T. S. Eliot, William Shakespeare and Jane Austen.
Then there is the Peak District National Park. It’s located right in the middle of England, showing off the likes of the steep limestone valleys of Dovedale and the gushing waters of the River Lathkill. Anyone interested in hiking, cycling, incredible views and far-reaching fields of green will fall in love with the Peak District the moment they arrive.
Head to The Lake District, fondly known as the Lakes or Lakeland. Between the lakes, forests and mountains, people continue to flock to the region year on year. This national park is perfect for lengthy walks, birdwatching, wildlife-spotting and its lakes are some of the best for water sports. The area is associated with great literary masterminds like William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter.
Another key spot to visit in England – though certainly not the last of the vast areas throughout the country – are the Yorkshire Dales. This national park in Bainbridge is a trophy of the north of England, worth visiting, exploring and appreciating. The hills, moors, heaths and general countryside is often-celebrated inspiration of literature’s Brontë sisters.