Green & Pleasant Land
you travel through the counties
of Britain you pass through countryside
is constantly changing.
you begin to see how these landscapes, each
with its own distinctive
have been reflected in the work of our writers and artists.
to Dorset for example and you'll find yourself in the Wessex of Thomas Hardy the
of 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles' and 'Far from the madding crowd
can visit the cottage
in which Hardy was born.
you can still see many of the places described
in his books, like the church of
Barereedges where his doomed heroin
Tess saw the D'Urbervilles windows.
different from the roaming
hills of Hardy's Wessex is the flat and open scenery
of East Anglia.
in Suffolk are the landscapes painted in the early 1800s by John Constable:
, Willy Lot's cottage and Flatford Mill.
Constable's Suffolk is one of the many interesting rural areas
, which can be visited
in a day's coach-ride from London.
get a fuller experience of the countryside however
, it might be worth
car and spending a night or two in a country Inn
or at one of the many farms and
cottages, which offer Bed & Breakfast.
you're prepared to travel further afield
, you could discover the pleasures of
the West Country, Wales, the North of England and Scotland.
of the most beautiful scenery in Europe is to be found in the Highlands and
Lowlands of Scotland. Parts of Britain are surprisingly isolated and unless
you've got a car and a good map very hard to reach
some remote areas
, such as the Highlands of Scotland, you can take a ride with
the postman and travel with him on his delivery round
may not be the speediest way of getting about
but it gives you a good
opportunity to meet local people.
where you can take advantage
of the post bus is the Lake District.
Dove Cottage in Grasmere lived the poet
William Wordsworth and his sister
his youth Wordsworth loved to explore
landscape and his poems
give vivid accounts
of its impact
many people the Lake District is first and foremost
he wasn't the only writer to live here.