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The Countryside of England

Discover the countryside of England on your doorstep or on holiday

England is home to an extraordinarily varied landscape. It ranges in it’s diversity from the spectacular coastlines and sandy beaches of Cornwall through to the dramatic highest peak of Scafell Pike in Cumbria taking in rolling hills, heather clad moors, lush green valleys, woodlands and forests and more on it’s journey.

Stream in the Cumbria Countryside
Stream in the Cumbria Countryside

You can get out and discover that nature has something to offer in every month of the year, and everywhere in England you’re never far from a local park, walk, local nature reserve or even national park.

Bluebells Wood in Hertfordshire
Bluebells Wood in Hertfordshire


Explore the English Countryside | VisitEngland
The official tourist board for England. Explore England’s countryside. Be inspired to get out into the English countryside at VisitEngland. With things to see and do throughout England.

Campaign to Protect Rural England
Protecting and shaping the English countryside. CPRE fights for a better future for England’s countryside.

Natural England
The government’s adviser for the natural environment in England, helping to protect England’s nature and landscapes for people to enjoy and for the services they provide.

The National Trust – Countryside
See how the number of places we protect has grown and learn more about the special places we care for.

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English Countryside News

RSS Rural affairs | The Guardian
  • Country diary: winds that shake the barley fields 24th June 2020
    Sandy, Bedfordshire: If the well-spaced barley was free-ranging, then the wheat was a battery-farmed phalanxWhen the big winds blew, phantoms chased through the barley. Strong air currents bowed a million heads in south-westerly supplication, sending wave after lapping wave off on a roll, a tide sweeping from left to right towards a hedgerow shoreline that […]
  • Country diary: the rain ushers in subtle changes 22nd June 2020
    Comins Coch, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion: The landscape is being transformed, with the first downpours for weeks and a darkening of the undergrowthThe rain, when it finally arrived, began with a mist of light droplets that scarcely reached the ground before evaporating in the dull heat. As the evening darkened, the temperature dropped sharply and heavy showers […]
  • Country diary: finding a shapeshifter in the stream 20th June 2020
    Caistor St Edmund, Norfolk: A freshwater leech fails to live up to the species’ bloodsucking reputationThe children dabbled in the stream, welly boots filling with water as they pushed their transparent pots into the cool flow. Soon we had a collection of freshwater shrimps of varying sizes; spindly crustaceans that danced in the water like […]
  • Country diary: a brush with the fantastic foxes 19th June 2020
    Airedale, West Yorkshire: Our regular walks had been short on stars, until the foxes put in a guest appearanceWe’ve been trading in small things, these past few months. Our walks are simple narratives, the length of the canal towpath and the way through the woods, short on spectacle, lacking in plot twists.Fish break the canal […]
  • Country diary: it’s still spring in the green underworld of the ash trees 15th June 2020
    Bastow Wood, Upper Wharfedale: Bathed in lemon-and-lime light, this wild place has the feel of an artful gardenWhen we walk into Bastow Wood, we abruptly step into another world. The wood sits high up on a bluff of craggy Great Scar limestone, surrounded by the sheep pastures that dominate most of the Yorkshire Dales, where […]
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