England is part of a relatively small country – there are well over 70 nations that are larger than the UK – yet its influence on the world has been huge. Any visitor who is fortunate enough to travel to England in the coming year will be able to gaze in awe at an astonishing collection of breath-taking landmarks, spectacular natural landscapes and of course historic buildings. Here are five of the finest regions that England has to offer.
The Lake District
Perhaps the most beautiful area to be found anywhere in the United Kingdom, the Lake District has been attracting – and inspiring – visitors for many centuries. It seems there is a dramatic sight at every turn, so it comes as no surprise to discover that many famous painters, poets and photographers have regularly made their homes in this wonderful place. It’s located in the north-west of the country, not too far from the border with Scotland.
The Norfolk Broads
The Norfolk Broads is a series of waterways that lie close to the city of Norwich in East Anglia, to the north-east of London. Here you’ll find some of the most beautiful villages in England, many of them located close to the water’s edge, as well as some wonderfully peaceful countryside. If you would like to see the area from the water itself, you will be happy to know there are plenty of hire boats available.
The White Cliffs of Dover have a special resonance with the British people, standing as they do as a poignant reminder of home to those who have travelled further afield, especially during periods of conflict. The cliffs themselves are a spectacular sight, particularly on a summer’s day when they are framed by a clear blue sky. The surrounding area of the Kentish coastline, to the south-east of London, is home to a number of pretty, typically English, villages.
The Cornwall Coast
There is something distinctively mystical about the coastline around Cornwall, from the remains of Tintagel Castle and their links to Arthurian legend to the rugged rocks and secluded coves around Land’s End and their links with tales of pirate ships and hidden treasures. These days, you’re more likely to see hordes of tourists rather than armies of buccaneers, of course, but the area itself is always worth a visit.
The New Forest
England is regarded as a densely populated country, but there are still plenty of areas of natural beauty which have remained untouched for centuries. The New Forest, which isn’t new at all (it was designated a Royal forest way back in 1079), is located in the south and is a popular area with tourists and locals alike. If you’re travelling around and you feel the need for a little peace and tranquillity, this could be the place to go.
David Showell lives in England and likes to travel as often as he can. He works for http://www.carrentals.co.uk.