After the hustle and bustle of the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer you may feel like a countryside break is just what you need to de-stress and recuperate. London can be a stressful place at any time of the year but after the summer of sport that 2012 has given us, there really is no better time to leave the city behind and restore your form in one of Britain’s more beautiful countryside scenes. Here is a list of some of the more relaxing destinations the country has to offer:

The Nene Washes, Cambridgeshire – If you are looking for some truly remarkable examples of what British wildlife has to offer, you really are in the right place. Among some of the more beautiful specimens of the natural world would be the barn owl, the bullfinches that line the farm land hedge rows and the rare corncrake, once almost extinct in the area but reintroduced by the RSPB. Places to stay in this area include the quintessential British town of Peterborough or the smaller Whittlesey which is a little closer to the flood plains.

The North-West Lakes, Cumbria – No list of UK countryside destinations would be complete without a mention of the illustrious Lake District. Known as one of the more famous Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) the luminous countryside stretches for miles as the terrain is littered with gleaming natural water features and breath-taking landscape. You may want to spend a long weekend in this area and book a luxury cottage in the Lake District with www.cumbrian-cottages.co.uk. This way you can truly experience all of what this scenic paradise has to offer from the water sports to the food and famous walking trails and hikes.

The Black Mountains, Powys – When thinking of mountain getaways in Wales most people would go straight for Snowdonia or the Brecon Beacons and with good reason, there are spectacular destinations but if you want to think a little out of the box, go for the Black Mountains. This amazing range sits near the English border and is the closest real mountain range to the capital. With the plethora of ancient abbey and church ruins from times gone by there is a constant stream of historical and natural interest.