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Monthly Archive for April, 2012

Wild flowers guide?

When on a cottage break or simply when enjoying the great British countryside do you ever wonder what certain flowers are?  This weekend I stumbled across some incredibly pretty wild flowers when taking a walk around our local nature reserve.  Many of us are familiar with the names of flowers such as daffodils, tulips, roses, pansies and magnolias but stumble when it comes to Britain’s wild flowers.

Considered by some as weeds, and by others as quite beautiful, there are some stunning wild flowers that you can find growing  in Britain.  Various varieties of poppies can be found growing wild.  Buttercups and daisies are firm favourites when it comes to wild flowers.  Many are aware that heather can be found growing naturally untamed in Scotland but did you know that heather can also be found growing freely in England but mostly in moorland areas?  The other flower I stumbled across this weekend was a yellow flower with wide green leaves.  I will post a photo shortly and welcome feedback and help with identifying this beautiful wild flowering plant.

There are many naturally beautiful places to discover in the UK and Ireland when taking a rural country cottages break but may also be many within easy travelling distance of where you live.  Look up the website of your local wildlife trust for more information and to see if there is a nature reserve nearby you that you can easily visit.

Guide to enjoying country life

Let us help guide you on enjoying country life.  Recently with the good weather we have been enjoying it really gives you inspiration to spend time outdoors enjoying the good country life.  A little bit of sunshine goes a long way when it comes to getting people out and about making the most of the great outdoors.  If you aren’t fortunate enough to live in a town or village in the country if you have a car or are taking a cottage break you should still have opportunities to experience what the countryside has to offer.

The countryside is always best explored in good weather but with the UK and Ireland we do sometimes have rainy days.  Hopefully when you decide to have a taste of country life the weather will be kind to you.  It is advisable to take wellies and a waterproof top if you are going on a long walk  though as British weather can be unpredictable.  There are a good number of activities suited to the country including horse riding, cycling and walking.

Horse riding is sometimes available around towns but ideally to have the most pleasant riding experience you will want to find a riding school where you can enjoy horse riding along tracks away from cars.  There are a number of such riding schools located throughout the UK and Ireland.

Cycling can be a pleasure in the countryside.  Many people enjoy cycling around country lanes.  If you prefer not to cycle where there are cars do your research and find out where there are cycle lanes where cars are not permitted.  A bit of research and forward planning can really pay off.  There is plenty free information available on the internet to help you find the best places to go.  Country Cottages have produced some useful guides.

Many people are attracted to the countryside because of the great walking and rambling opportunities.  The UK and Irish countryside hold many country trails, paths and public rights of way where you can enjoy walking without cars.  For really unspoilt countryside why not visit one of the UK’s National Parks or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty?


If you plan to take a self catering break and stay a few nights somewhere to enjoy a piece of country life why not take a look at what these farm cottages have to offer.