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Food

A Beginner’s Guide to… Ambleside, Lake District

Sure, it’s overrun with tourists but there’s a reason why the famous resort is such a honeypot, says Stephen Emms

Food

Stay Here: Black Bull Inn, Sedbergh

This acclaimed restaurant-with-rooms between the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District makes the cosiest hideaway

Cities

A Beginner’s Guide to… Diss, Norfolk

This underrated south Norfolk town is well connected by train – and waiting to be discovered, says Stephen Emms

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Stay Here: Bethnal & Bec rural retreat, Hertfordshire

These luxury studios, less than an hour’s drive from London, have hot tubs, private gardens and logburners

Family

Epping Forest: a highwayman’s trail from Theydon Bois

We take a walk through the forest to Epping’s cosy pubs and coffee shops

Experiences

A Beginner’s guide to…Glamping

Take the tube to Home Farm in Herts and still be back in London in time for work the next day

The exterior of The Pointer
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Stay here: The Pointer, Brill

Escape overcast London for this stylish bolthole in a quaint Buckinghamshire village

The Village Pub in Barnsley
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Stay Here: The Village Pub, Barnsley

Fancy a summer escape deep in the Cotswolds? Try the rustic cooking at this pub-with-rooms

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Stay Here: The Barrow House, Egerton

Views over the Weald and fine cooking at this off-the-beaten-track Kentish retreat

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Do Tuscany – in England

There’s a little corner of Kent that could masquerade for somewhere far more exotic. We explore Chapel Down vineyard and Tenterden, “jewel” of the Weald