UK Countryside

Cliveden House and the Pavillion Spa, Berkshire

The Spa Spy | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

When you ask for directions to your hotel and the reply is: "Turn left at the fountain and head straight for the grand entrance", you get the sense that something pretty spectacular lies at the end of the driveway. Sure enough, Cliveden House - a majestic neoclassical country house, perched within 376 acres of National Trust parkland - is no let-down.

Great Weekend Getaways -Countryside Spa Hotels

Joanne Shurvell | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Shurvell

After recently visiting some excellent hotel spas in London (Four Seasons, Bulgari, St Pancras and Cafe Royal), I decided to travel slightly further afield to find luxury countryside spa hotels with an interesting history.

Why Anybody Can (and Should) Be Creative

John Jackson | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
John Jackson

I am glad to see that today, many people find, as my family did on our smallholding, that growing your own food is a very satisfying and creative way to live. In the town of Todmorden in Yorkshire, for example, the 'Incredible Edible' project has encouraged a revolution in community food production, growing food in public spaces around the city.

A Barn Owl Diary

Clive Norman | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clive Norman

In June 2013 I moved back to my home in Wales after having spent what seemed like an eternity in London. I'm not sure if it's something that tends to happen in your late 40s but I have found myself becoming for want of a better word an eco-warrior.

We Need More Onshore Wind Turbines, Not Less

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK
Anders Lorenzen

Travelling through the countryside of Germany and Denmark, there is hardly at any point you can't see any wind turbines spinning in the background. Even in deeply conservative Texas, in the US, wind turbines are becoming a more dominant factor in the landscape and here is the thing - people like it.

Princess Anne Calls For Badgers To Be Gassed

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK

Gassing badgers is a "much nicer way" to control them, the Princess Royal has said. Anne also spoke of her pro-stance on genetically modified crops...

Britain's Woodland Heritage Can't Speak for Itself - Can We Be the Voice It Needs?

Simon King | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK
Simon King

A vigorous lobby in parliament today would have us believe that we can replace ancient woodland, rich marshland, heath and a host of other irreplaceable habitats, already pushed to the very margins of existence, by planting some trees elsewhere. You couldn't make it up.

"Does Nothing Work Outside of London?!" Why I Love Being Unplugged

Rhiannon Davies | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rhiannon Davies

I'm not saying the English countryside is frozen in the dark ages, but it certainly provides a sense of relief from feeling like the whole world is at your fingertips, which can often be the case in a city like London.

Rural Planning 'Free For All' Criticised By Loyal Tory MP

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron has been warned by one of his most loyal MPs that "the defining legacy" of his time in power could be the destruction of the countryside...

Super-Luxe Country Spa Escapes for New Year Rejuvenation

The Spa Spy | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

In need of some R&R after the festivities and new year celebrations? Move away from the fire, banish those New Year blues and head to a spa retreat to rejuvenate yourselves into 2014... Here are ten of our favourite super-luxe country spa escapes to help you glow through the winter months.

Luxury in the Lakes: Cumbria

The Spa Spy | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

You may think it strange that winter is my favourite season to visit Cumbria - but this is the time of year its' landscapes are most dramatic. Dawn mists rising over the lakes, crisp frost glistening on the heathers, and serene muted winter tones. It's breathtaking - sometimes, curiously haunting...

10 Romantic UK Boltholes

Jane Anderson | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Anderson

If you're not hotel people, your idea of getting away from it all might be snuggling up in a cosy cottage for two far from the madding crowd. However, it's not easy to find good-value romantic hideaways in the British countryside.

Concrete and Rosehips: Foraging in Cities

Ritwik Deo | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ritwik Deo

The next time you think you are too busy to forage, walk by that straggly bramble bush by the roadside, pluck a berry, bring it home and give it a wash. You would be surprised.

Autumnal Retreats in Scotland

The Spa Spy | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Approaching Cameron House, the first thing I can see is the beautiful blue expanse of Loch Lomond. We're only 15 miles from Glasgow airport, but the surrounding green hills and fresh air signal the countryside at its best.

Roaming Scribe: Off Grid Dartmoor

Lynn Houghton | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lynn Houghton

On my first visit to Dartmoor, Elaine is teaching hubby and I a nifty way of trekking using ski type poles to create forward thrust. Nordic Walking was developed by cross country skiers and uses all the body's muscle groups, unlike regular hiking or walking. A fantastic work out.

Pickles' Office Changes Language On Gypsies

Tom Moseley | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK

UPDATE: The Department for Communities and Local Government has said the wording of the press release was amended for technical reasons, and that it s...

Fracking 'Won't Ruin Countryside'

PA/HuffintonPost | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK

The boss of energy company Cuadrilla has said it has "no intention of ruining the countryside and won't ruin the countryside" as anti-fracking protest...

Travel Eye: Horse Riding and Pampering Near Dorset's Wil Coastline

Karen Edwards | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Edwards

Dorset is a wonderful mix of towns, winding clay valleys, grassy moors and rugged limestone cliffs. It's my first time here and I am immediately taken by how pure and dramatic the scenery is. Some of the country's most famous landforms are found here too.

The Rural Economy

Kirsty Williams | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Politics
Kirsty Williams

The rural economy faces significant challenges that do not arise in urban areas. This has contributed to a rural recession which is different in tone to that in urban areas. It is characterised by longer-standing levels of low economic activity and an older profile of employment.

Bucket List

Kerry Hudson | Posted 23.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Hudson

After about ten years of waking up every morning - thats 3,650 times - wishing I could go to Prague and wander through narrow cobbled streets, staring up at dolls houses the size of mansions, and pay 50p for a pint of vodka.. I actually went last week. I can now tick that off my bucket list.

UK Wildlife 'In Trouble' Warns Sir David Attenborough

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK

UK wildlife is at risk with almost 60% of UK species declining "at a worrying rate" in the past half century, experts have warned. Of 3,148 British...

Naked 'Game Birds' Calendar Raises £30,804 For Midlands Air Ambulance (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 11.03.2013 | UK

A calendar of country lasses bearing all for a good cause has raised more than £30,000 for an air ambulance charity. Equipped with wellies, rifle...

Rural England Under Attack: First Boles, Now McDonalds

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 30.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Margaret Heffernan

Britain has no difficulty building great and beautiful things: castles, gardens, theatres, orchestras, the National Health Service, the BBC. Why do we have such difficulty protecting them? In our protest against McDonald's, our greatest hope that it is the threat to the traffic that will persuade local authorities.

Alan Titchmarsh: Tories Have Dumped 'The Shires'

Daily Telegraph | Posted 30.11.2012 | UK Politics

The Tory party has lost touch with its traditional roots in the countryside, according to Alan Titchmarsh. Mr Titchmarsh said parties of "all shade...

Liz Jones - So Much for the Sisterhood

Karen Maher | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Maher

I read recently that to have a child is to forever have your heart walk around outside your body. I would like to add to this rather lovely sentiment...