If you love to explore the countryside on holiday, a stay in one of England’s idyllic valleys could be perfect for your next getaway. Although Wales is renowned for its beautiful valleys, England has its fair share too with over 30 valleys to discover and explore. Set between hills or mountains which often provide shelter from winds, you can enjoy exploring truly scenic locations when discovering England’s beautiful valleys.
Some of England’s best known and best loved valleys include:
The Eden Valley
Cumbria’s stunning Lake District National Park is no well-kept secret but have you heard of the county’s Eden Valley? Situated around mid-way between the Pennines and the Lake District Fells and surrounding the River Eden, the Eden Valley appeals to holidaymakers looking for stunning Cumbrian scenery away from the hustle and bustle and crowds that the Lake District draws.
With riverside walks, excellent salmon and trout fishing, as well as pretty sandstone villages and attractive market towns, plus caves and sculptures to discover, the Eden Valley is a great place to enjoy the Cumbrian countryside and as a lesser known area, you’re more likely to be able to experience tranquillity and serenity on your visit too!
A stunning area of outstanding natural beauty, Cornwall’s Tamar Valley centres around the River Tamar, as well as the River Tavy and Lynher and this gorgeous river valley leads down to the unspoilt Cornish coast. To the east of Tamar Valley lies Dartmoor National Park and to the west Kit Hill.
This beautiful area is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and whether you enjoy walking, cycling, boating or wildlife watching, there is plenty to keep visitors entertained. Also dotted throughout the valley are several heritage mining sites, which offer a fascinating insight in to the industrial history and heritage of this part of Cornwall.
The beauty of the Wye Valley is renowned with the area firmly established as one of the UK favourites and a designated area of outstanding natural beauty to boot! Covering parts of England, as well as Wales, the lush Wye Valley centres around the River Wye and is well known for the beautiful villages and towns that are dotted around the area. Whether for wildlife watching, outdoor pursuits like walking or fishing, the Wye Valley should not disappoint.
If you’re looking to discover one of Britain’s valleys where you can discover quaint tea shops, gift shops and superb tourist attractions then the Wye Valley could be the perfect place for your next rural retreat or country cottage holiday.
Lesser known Valleys to Enjoy and Discover on Holiday in England
The Eden Valley, the Tamar Valley and the Wye Valley are three of England’s best known and best loved valleys. There are also some superb less well known valleys dotted throughout England where you can discover the road less travelled. These include:
• the Chew Valley in Somerset
an area of undulating countryside close to the Mendip Hills which centres around the River Chew.
• the Trough of Bowland in Lancashire.
this scenic valley lies within the greenery of the Forest of Bowland and tends to attract visitors that enjoy walking, cycling or wildlife watching in tranquil appealing surorundings.
• the Golden Valley in Herefordshire.
an area as beautiful as its name, Herefordshire’s Golden Valley sits between the Black Mountains and the River Dore close to Hay on Wye and with naturally beautiful scenery, whether you want to enjoy outdoor pursuits or visit quaint historic villages and towns, Herefordshire’s lush golden valley could be the ideal place for a rural cottage break.
Which will be your Favourite English Valley?
When it comes to exploring the wonderful English countryside, we all have our own favourites. Which valley will capture your heart? Wherever you choose to discover on your next break, we hope you find the perfect valley where you can enjoy a secluded cottage hideaway or rural retreat break.