The English Countryside
The countryside in England is one of the most diverse in the world. For such a small place, England (and its UK cousins) sports heath, hills, lowland, fens, moors, rivers, coast and much more.
One of the reasons for this is the impact of humankind – so destructive in many other areas of the environment, men (and women) have fashioned this rather dull windswept isle into some of the prettiest rural landscapes you could hope to find.
Anyway, as a taste, here are some gorgeous photos of the many facets of that English countryside…
Hunsett Mill, Norfolk
Set on the banks of a bend in the River Ant, part of the Norfolk Broads in East Anglia, is Hunsett Mill, a beautiful millkeeper’s cottage sensitively restored and extended to provide a stunning 5-bedroom property.
A lovely example of the impact of man. The Norfolk Broads are actually man-made; they’re flooded peat pits which now formal beautiful lakes.
The Cotswolds, West Midlands
The Cotswolds are a very “English” part of central England noted for its villages built from honey colored stone.
Here’s a view across one of the many rolling plains, in this case from the Cotswolds Way walking track.
The Lake District in North Western England is a very popular area with local, and international, visitors due to its stunning scenery.
Here is the wonderfully named Skiddaw massif, seen from Walla Crag (another great name).
Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire
Home to the legendary outlaw, Robin Hood (almost certainly a real person), Sherwood Forest still exists.
It’s a great example of an ancient English woodland with many of the trees over 1000 years old.
This is the ‘Major Oak’, one of the oldest, where Robin Hood is meant to have met with his band of merry men.
Haddon Hall, Derbyshire
Here’s great example of the singular beauty of the English Countryside.
The deep green fields, pleasant lowland river augmented by an old bridge.
This is Haddon hall in northern England, but could be one of a thousand places across the country.
An example of one of the many gorgeous thatched cottages in England
Stourhead, West Country
English country gardens were once a very important sign of the owner’s wealth and status. Often hugely elaborate attempts were made to showcase their supposed learning and wisdom, often with hilarious effect.
Here’s a good example: the ‘Pantheon’ in the country gardens at Stourhead in Central England, modeled on the Pantheon in ancient Rome.
Vale of Pewsey, Wiltshire
A beautiful misty morning on the Vale of Pewsey.
Derwent Valley, Peak District
The Peak District in the north of England is rugged place, the perfect home of Mr Darcy in ‘Pride & Prejudice’.
Swaledale, North Yorkshire
We end with a view down one of the Yorkshire Dales (a dale is a valley with a river, in this case the Swale).