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The beauty of a peaceful river bank walk

Find unique and exquisite examples of the quintessential English countryside in the Heart of the South West, from splendid and delightful gardens, to talented local artisans, beautiful walks and welcoming hospitality. Through our association with Treasure Trails we have selected some wonderful and fun experiences in the Heart of the South West which we hope will create some enduring memories. You can also follow our antics as we develop new Trails and experiences.

Our collection of bloggings, thoughts and Trails is a work-in-progress tapestry of the English countryside carefully selected from the regions of Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire. Regions which abound with heritage, sweeping landscapes, charming rural villages, wonderful market towns, festivals and enchanting stories of times gone by.

About Us

I started the English Countryside Experience as an opportunity to reflect on my love of nature and the rural life. The beauty of the English countryside, despite being constantly subject to change and erosion has to remain for me, one of life’s perfect moments. The ideal place to indulge in fleeting periods of escapism, to let our imaginations run free.

It’s a way of life for many people, and an experience perhaps everyone should appreciate in their lifetime. From the natural landscapes to the imagination and creativity of the likes of Capability Brown, it’s an environment to be explored and discovered, to have fun, to protect and conserve.

The English Countryside – Natures true celebrity.

My wife and I live near Frome, a sometimes forgotten town (so I’m told) on the border of Wiltshire and Somerset, in England.  We are surrounded by the beautiful English countryside with easy access to the Cotswolds, Somerset Levels, at least two National Parks and various Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). There are also many beautiful gardens, National Trust land and wildlife reserves, as well as the many delightful villages and hamlets. Best of  all, are the unique experiences which underpin the culture and spirit of rural England, and surround us in our daily lives, when we take the time and look… to enjoy the simple pleasures and delights and appreciate what so often we take for granted.

It’s my hope and aspiration to enable you to enjoy a little of the authentic English Countryside Experience, whether you visit from afar or not so far.

Although we live in Somerset, thanks to extended family and friends we have a  growing allegiance to the whole of the region. But it’s fair to say that I have treated this beautiful part of the country, and my home as something of a dormitory over the last two decades, work sending me throughout Europe and beyond.

I’m now inspired and have a little more time to take the opportunity to explore and appreciate what surrounds me. So that’s what i’m doing!

I have a keen interest in all things people, small business, marketing, technology, wildlife, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (my definition) simple pleasures, photography, (I’m not very good yet, but working on it. All tips welcomed).

Lots to explore and discover, so I’ll be blogging about most of these areas as I uncover the local english countryside and develop the Wessex Collection,  you’re very welcome to join in the conversation and add your own thoughts and experiences.

Dave Gill