looking at a list of the top places - where might i be interested in visiting?
Allerdale - keswick, cockermouth, this has large portions of the lake district - at keswick there is lake derwentwater, on opposite side there is catbells which is one of the most popular starter hikes of the fells. Also Skiddaw north of keswick the summit gets quite steep for the inexperienced, but anyone can get up much of it for great views.
Eden - Penrith is on a main trainline through the country if wanting to get to the lake district there are buses from penrith. penrith has a nice ruined castle, surrounding areas there are other ruins, megaliths, mansion estates. second most 'greenspace' district in uk
Isles of Scilly - tiny archipeligo off western point of cornwall - mostly tourism now, but tiny fishing towns and ancient farms - there is some ruins around. More mild temperatures so different plants and birds than mainland uk.
Mid Devon - rural area with lots of farms and villages - perhaps doesn't have any of the famous parts of devon. lots of rural paths. there are things like Bickleigh Castle.
Ryedale - north yorkshire, surprisingly doesn't have the famous uk town of rye which is in souf. Castle Howard -famous estate, in the howardian hills - one of the AONBs in uk. There are many small towns that are ok, but maybe not in the top 20 on a tourist list of north yorkshire, if you want to avoid crowds of daytrippers. Kirkham abbey is some ruins but there are other larger abbey ruins in yorkshire.
Staffordshire Moorlands - between stoke on trent (industrial town, historical pottery industry) and peak district - a more famous rural area. Churnet valley railway is historical for train autists. Alton Towers theme park. The Roaches - notable rocky ridge for outdoor activity.
Torridge - Devon, some touristy villages - clovelly, westward ho!, appledore. nice hiking areas like hartland, mouthmill beach.