There is no doubting that England is a beautiful country. It has it all: big cities to appeal to our metropolitan sides, ancient castles which are still standing after hundreds of years, and of course, an astonishing countryside. The British countryside features diverse yet gorgeous landscapes across the country, from the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales to the sandy beaches of Dorset, there is something for everyone to enjoy. So, let’s look at some of the best countryside locations you must visit the next time you take a trip across the pond.
Starting with the most northern landscapes in the country, the county of Northumberland is certainly worth visiting. Located around 64 miles north of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland plays host to some of the most stunning landscapes in the country. With picturesque coastlines such as Amble or Bamburgh to wander along on a sunny day, or the ancient castles of Alnwick or Dunstanburgh where great kings and leaders once lived, there is such a diverse range of sights to see. Take a step back in time to the Roman Era and trek along Hadrian’s Wall. What was once built by Emperor Hadrian to keep the Scots out of England is now a picturesque landscape which is perfect for any nature lover. Becoming a member of the National Trust will allow you to visit these sights and so many more in Northumberland and across the UK and save you a few quid along the way.
If you’re looking for a slice of quaint traditional English countryside which isn’t too far from big city life, then Merseyside is the perfect spot for you. Located near the eclectic city of Liverpool, Merseyside has lots of traditional English villages which look like they could be the perfect backdrop to a postcard. The village of Halewood features some beautiful nature such as tall trees, winding pathways, acres of farmland and some incredibly friendly people. It’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in nature and experience English village life, and since the Grand National is coming up, even head to a horse race at the nearby Aintree Racecourse where the Grand National betting odds could result in a lucrative visit!
There is little wonder why the Romantic poets were so enamoured with the Lake District – just one visit will confirm they were right. It is the perfect countryside getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city with plenty to do and lots to see. Whether you are journeying to Kendal, Keswick, Ambleside or Windermere, there is more than enough to keep you occupied. Take a trip out onto the Derwentwater Lake to take in the views, hike up to Cat Bells (or if you’re brave enough, try tackling the Langdale Pykes), quench your thirst with a refreshing pint in one of the many climber’s bars and finish it all off with a prestigious live performance at the Theatre by the Lake. With such a great range of activities and fantastic sights to see, the Lake District will definitely be added to the top of your list.
England may be a small and rainy country, but it is full of stunning natural beauty which may be missed if you only stick to the big cities. Take a train to any of these gorgeous locations and we can promise you won’t be disappointed.