Stour Valley, The Norfolk Broads, The New Forest, The Peak District are all epic getaways from London, however the most popular and the most accessible is the Cotswolds. The Cotswolds are an area of 800 square miles, of rolling hills and farmland with honey-coloured stone cottages and villages and many thatched cottages. This region was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966 and spans the counties of Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire Worcestershire and Oxfordshire. The Cotswolds are a perfect place to spend a weekend exploring the 3000 miles of bridleways, woodlands and villages by going hiking, biking or horse riding. The Cotswolds is also famous for its food-producing cheeses, meats, spirits and beers available to purchase at farmers markets or farm shops, or for sampling in local pubs, restaurants or cafes. Are you tempted to stay? Then why not choose one of the many luxury hotels or pubs, charming bed and breakfast, or even pitch your tent at one of the many Cotswold Campsites.
Getting there: Trains from London Paddington and London Marylebone to the Cotswolds take around 1 hour and 30 minutes.