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Great Britain is blessed with a great diversity of approximately 90,000 square miles of landscape. Wild mountains with snow-capped peaks, lush green valleys and calm lakes, meandering rivers, rolling farmland, forests teeming with life, purple heather-clad moorland, golden sandy beaches and more.

Overlooking Loweswater in Cumbria
Overlooking Loweswater in Cumbria
Bluebells Wood
Bluebells Wood


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Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
The UK Government department tasked with issues such as the environment, rural development, the countryside, wildlife, animal welfare and sustainable...

Countryside Survey
Countryside Survey is a unique study or ‘audit’ of the natural resources of the UK’s countryside.

Britain’s Official Travel & Tourism Guide Britain’s official travel and tourism guide. Plan your perfect holiday with our free maps, guides and itineraries to Britain’s best attractions and events.

National Parks
The UK’s 15 National Parks. Visit and learn about Britain’s most inspiring areas of countryside.

Countryside Restoration Trust
The UK's leading charity dedicated to wildlife-friendly farming and campaigning for a living, working countryside.

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BBC Countryfile Magazine

Packed full of fresh and interesting ideas for exploring Britain's beautiful landscape, watching wildlife, discovering heritage and great local food.

Forest Holidays in the UK

How about a break in the heart of one of Britain's magical forests? Cabins in woodland glades, terraces on the edge of ponds or lakes or with panoramic views of open meadow.

CoolStays in Great Britain

A remarkable portfolio including eco-homes, treehouses, houseboats, lakeside cabins, converted Gypsy Wagons, lighthouses, windmills...

Countryside News

  • Best insect websites

    Here is our pick of the best websites offering advice on how to identify different insect species, where to see and how to help insects.

  • Mass grave shows how Black Death devastated the countryside

    Grave in Lincolnshire dates to medieval pandemic of 1348 and reveals rural plague catastropheA mass grave containing the remains of dozens of victims of the Black Death offers chilling new evidence of the speed and scale of the devastation the plague brought to rural England, according to archaeologists.The grave, discovered in a remote corner of rural Lincolnshire, has been […]

  • The quest to find the source of the Thames

    Having explored the 'official' source of the Thames near Cirencester, the team head north along another tributary that may hold a secret about England's most famous river

  • Guide to Britain’s native pony breeds

    Do you know your Fell pony from your Shetland pony? Our guide looks at the UK's most common native pony breeds, including how to identify, common characteristics and where to see in the British countryside.

  • Long barrows in Britain: history and best to visit

    Here is our guide to the best long barrows to visit in Britain, including a brief look at the history of each ancient site.

  • Guide to Britain’s dolphins, porpoise and whales: how to identify and best places to to see

    Learn all about Britain's dolphins, porpoise and whales – including identification, the best places to see them and boat excursions – with our guide to the UK's most common cetacean species.

  • Where is Countryfile visiting this week and what time is it on BBC1?

    Countryfile visits Shaftesbury this week on the show – find out what time and when Countryfile is on TV with our episode guide.

  • Walk: Hound Tor, Devon

    Ghosts, witches and dragons: walkers looking for some scary stories should head for Dartmoor National Park

  • Walk: Simonside Hills, Northumberland

    Walk through conifer forests and across heather moorland to the summits of the most distinctive hills in Northumberland National Park

  • 10 of the best walks from train stations in Northern England

    Ditch the car and ride the rails through the national parks and surrounding countryside of Northern England – here is our pick of 10 of the best and most stunning walks that start and end at train stations.

  • Britain’s worst storms

    Our guide looks at the worst storms to hit the British Isles since records began, from the 1607 Bristol Channel Floods to the nationwide floods of 2013 and the recent storms of 2020.  

  • A much-needed drive to improve rural bus links | Letters

    Graham Biggs welcomes Boris Johnson’s pledge of a £5bn boost for buses, while John Geddes doubts it will be enough to tempt car users to switch and Richard Symonds blames the privatising of bus operators for poor services. Plus letters from Barbara Hawkins, Pete Brown and Dr Richard A’BrookIt is welcome to see the government promise much-needed funding for […]

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