As the English head home from South Africa, those who have been delaying travel until the Bitter End are finally free to get out there and enjoy the wonderfully seasonal warm weather at our list below of Best Loved countryside favourites. And to put the defeat into perspective, there are still lots of sporting activities drawing visitors back at home.
Wimbledon is in full swing until 4 July, plus with the English cricket team doing well, thoughts turn to lazy afternoons, cream teas and cricket on "ye olde" village green. Goodwood has lots going on in July, including the Festival of Speed and Glorious Goodwood, and in Ireland the Gaelic football season is at its height.
Take a walking break through scenic landscapes, schedule some wholesome outdoor pursuits, dine al fresco, take the family on a seaside getaway ...there are so many ways to make your summer sizzle.
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