The Countryside of Great Britain
Discover the countryside of Great Britain on your doorstep or on holiday
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.
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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 […]