England: Nature

England: Nature pictures. London - from the grand Victorian architecture to the small Arabic cluster of restaurants on Edgware Road, from Chinatown to the latin quarter around Ladbroke Grove, the capital of England is a stunning mix of cultures from all over the world. This gallery mostly contains photos of London, and will show you many of its well-known places, and also many 'hidden' spots that all add to the atmosphere of this striking metropolis.
The gallery also contains images of some of England's most beautiful places outside London including historic towns and nature reserves.

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London

View over Greenwich

Hundred-year-old trees in Berkeley Square, in London's luxurious Mayfair district

Jewish family in Walthamstow Marshes near the Hasidic Jewish neighbourhoods Stamford Hill and Upper Clapton

Finsbury Park

Kite-flying in Finsbury Park

There's a huge gas container in the middle that's attached to the vertical steel girders with wheels, and when the gas pressure increases, the container slides up the girders (out of an underground water tank), increasing its volume, and thus lowering gas pressure

The golf course in Queen's Park

The Grand Union Canal, part of the channel network crossing London

The 220km-long Grand Union Canal in Perivale, Northwest London

Autumn in Green Park

Decorated pedestrian subway leading to Green Park

Greenwich and Canary Wharf

Life in Hampstead Heath

Stargazing by the Highgate (or Hampstead) Ponds in Hampstead Heath

There's some pretty serious angling going on in Hampstead

Two rows of houses usually enclose two rows of gardens in residential London

Laundramatic - coin op cleaners

Mist over the New River near Finsbury Park

Spring along the New River in Harringay

Summer in Finsbury Park

The huge number of parks in London mean they are accessible to virtually everyone

Park life

Finsbury Park is one of the largest parks in North London, and has tennis and streetball courts, a baseball and a softball diamond, an American football field (quite rare in London), a bowling green (for the sport 'bowls'), plus a huge amount of grass to lie on

Playground in a park in Upper Holloway near Archway

Some trees just won't let go - the dead of winter in Queen's Park

An important South America vs. Eastern Europe match in Queen's Park

A secret lake

Deer in Richmond Park, the largest park in London

People warily approaching a herd of deer in Richmond Park

View from Alexandra Park

Alexandra Park

The little park next to Chandos Road in Stratford

Small parcels in Southgate Chase Allotments

Relaxing in St James's Park

A day off in Alexandra Park

Alexandra Park

View from Alexandra Palace, situated on a hill in North London

Alexandra Park

View to the south

Muswell Hill and Crouch End with Canary Wharf in the distance

North and East London

Sunset over Crouch End and Canary Wharf

Walthamstow Marshes, while also bordered by several industrial areas, are a very nice getaway in Hackney

Southend-on-Sea

2km long Southend Pier

Landscape, Thames Estuary

Southend Pier is the longest pier in the world

Will be usable again in about 6-10 hours

Evening

Sunset

Sunset With Distant Boat

Peak District

Looking back from Lose Hill at Back Tor

The top

Farmland near Edale

Grazing sheep

Fields in the White Peak (the gentler part of the Peak District)

The Back Tor-Mam Tor ridge

Moorland in the Peak District

Path leading down to Edale

The ridge path between Hollins Cross and Back Tor

Looking towards Mam Tor (the hill on the left)

Green valley

Back Tor

The Peak District's colors

Climbing the path leading to Hollins Cross

Go!

Hope valley

Matlock

The woods around Matlock Bath.

Forest pathway.

Cliff-top view of some of Matlock Bath's houses.

Isle Of Wight

Alum Bay, Isle of Wight

The colorful rocks of Alum Bay

The Needles

Exmoor National Park

View from Foreland Point - the beautifully named Desolation Point is not far from here

The road leading back to Lynton from the nearby hills

English countryside

View of the Valley of Rocks and Woody Bay from the top of Hollerday Hill

View from the top of Countisbury Hill, a short but very steep drive away from Lynmouth

British farm

The peninsula called Foreland Point

On the way to the tip of Foreland Point (which is about 3-4km from Lynmouth)

Please Shut All Gates - the sign implies this is a public right of way (ie. a public path crossing private land), but you need to check the map to be sure

The road leading down to the village of Lynmouth - it _is_ steep.

The village of Lynmouth - despite its popularity with tourists - has fortunately managed to avoid real estate developers

The oceanside village of Lynmouth, at the shared estuary of the East Lyn and West Lyn rivers - the area is sometimes called The English Switzerland

Gathering clouds over Lynmouth and Foreland Point

Lynmouth and Countisbury HIll

Lobster pots on Lynmouth pier - the lobster season hasn't begun yet

Probably the world's biggest 'piggy bank' - collecting money for the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society

Road trip

On the way to the Valley of Rocks

View from a strange heart-shaped terrace over Lynmouth harbour and Foreland Point

Only 6 months until summer...

Beware of the sheep - and indeed, we did have a few surprise encounters with a few sheep that clearly didn't understand what we were doing on their road

The sheep

The bay of Lynmouth village

Beware of the Batman

Signposts indicate the route of the 630-mile (1000km) South West Coast Path, one of the the longest National Trails in England

View through a hedge separating farms in Exmoor

The Valley of Rocks

Ironbridge

By the river

Hunstanton

On the coast of Hunstanton

Birds circling over the North Sea

The Hunstanton coast

A sign describing the Norfolk Coast Path, which used to be a road used in Roman times

This part of the North Sea is called The Wash, which is actually a large estuary fed by several rivers

By the sea

Locals love wearing flipflops while also wearing coats and big scarves (it was about 15 degrees Celsius)

Seven Sisters

Tree permanently deformed by the strong winds

The tangled branches of the deformed tree

Sheep fence at the foot of the Seven Sisters

Seven Sisters Country Park

A great location for rugby and football pitches

The colours of the sea

By the sea

10 degrees Celsius

Birling Gap

The Seven Sisters cliffs as seen from the top of the first peak, Haven Brow

Sheep fence near Haven Brow overlooking the Cuckmere Haven

Shrewsbury

The Quarry is a large park by the River Severn

An eccentric tree

The Quarry park and Kingsland Bridge - the toll bridge was built in the 19th century and it costs 10p for a car to cross it (at least in 2007)

Aldeburgh

Garden sprinkler turned up a bit too high - the countryside near the Suffolk coast

Dog's perspective

Kids

Broxbourne District

The Borough of Broxbourne (Hertfordshire), 20 minutes north of London

Dungeness

Not Utah - the fishing huts of the Dungeness peninsula with railways next to them (these used to launch boats when this was still a thriving fishing community)

Only about 40 fishermen remain in the area - the boats of the rest are left rotting on land

Old fishing boat

Faded

An example of the old machinery lying around

Clothes hanger; the rows of pylons in the background carry electricity from Dungeness Nuclear Power Station located a mile from here

Hut with a view

Emma Jane with one of the remaining lighthouses in the background

On the beach

Lost

Boat winch

Fishing nets

The Dungeness Pyramid?

Rust

Remains

Fair chance

Gutted boat

Boat launching tracks

The still operational 15-inch(!) gauge Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

Mobile hut

Houses in Dungeness Village are apparently quite sought after among people who like the area's desolate and remote atmosphere

The remote entrance of Dungeness Village

Turn spider nut till hard against collar

Framlingham

A delicate power balance

The Mere Nature Reserve surrounding Framlingham Castle

Overlooking the Mere

Great North Way

Dowdell's Wood, next to which the route passes (near the village of Ayot St Peter)

Dowdell's Wood in spring

The National Cycle Network is maintained by the charity Sustrans (Sustainable Transport)

Helvellyn

Hikers, who have just traversed the arete Striding Edge, approaching the summit

Derelict dam in the valley under Helvellyn

Family

The Lake District

Top of the world

Gentler paths leading down Helvellyn's sides

The summit plateau of Helvellyn (in the 1920 even a plane landed here)

Along Striding Edge

The Lake District's indigenous Herdwick sheep

Snow

The arete Striding Edge on a busy day (it's not the easiest way to the summit but by far the best, perhaps apart from its sister Swirral Edge on the other side of the valley)

View from Helvellyn's summit towards the west

View towards the East

The valley and the Red Tarn

Farmland in a glacial valley by Ullswater

Medway

A park by buildings belonging to the University of Rochester

North Downs Way

The turquoise waters of England

The white cliffs of Dover (this is a few miles from the town of Dover)

Dog poop bin

Looking across the English Channel

Fence near the top of Shakespeare's Cliff

Fishing on Samphire Hoe - reclaimed land made from the soil removed during the construction of the Channel Tunnel

Looking towards Folkestone

English hikers

Information sign containing information, among others, on when high tides are, when dusk sets in, and a warning about adders (venomous snakes) active in the grass

Under the cliffs of Dover

Along the North Downs Way, a 250km long-distance path in Southern England

A hot September day on Shakespeare Cliff

Samphire Hoe Country Park (Wikipedia says 'A country park is an area designated for people to visit and enjoy recreation in a countryside environment.') - way too much concrete, to be honest

International trade has sadly marred the natural beauty of Dover

Shingle beach next to Samphire Hoe Country Park

Tropic sunset near Folkestone

Houses scattered on top of the white cliffs of Dover

North Down Ways and Saxon Shore Way trail signs pointing towards Dover

On top of Shakespeare Cliff - the place supposedly inspired a scene in King Lear ('How fearful / And dizzy 'tis, to cast one's eyes so low!')

Sandy beach

For the geographically challenged

A day out

Plymouth

The Devon coastline in Plymouth

Dog-swimming on a sultry March day

Ullswater

Ullswater is the second largest lake in England

Patterdale at the western tip of the lake

The footpath running along the shore

Taking a rest by the footpath running along the southern shore of Ullswater

The village of Patterdale

'It's just resting.' - indigenous Herdwick sheep

At the foot of the hill Swineside Knott

White Cliffs Country

On top of the 100m high cliffs of Dover

The massive cliffs are visible from France on a clear day as a long white strip

Country for Old Men

Beach huts and boats along Kingsdown beach

Shingle beach just outside the village of Kingsdown

In Britain, where most land is owned privately, public is normally allowed to walk along designated Rights of Way - Access Land means that a part of private land is freely accessible

Cycling home

SeaFrance ferry crossing the English Channel from Calais to Dover

Cliff path

Path leading to a hobbit hole

The Saxon Shore Way leading down from the chalk cliffs to Kingsdown

English countryside

The Kingsdown beach huts

Approved by Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Walks

The Bay area in the village of St Margaret's at Cliffe

Tiny

View from Kingsdown

Along the Saxon Shore Way

View over Kingsdown and Deal (with 300m-long Deal pier on the right)

White Cliffs Country

'Possible dangers surrounding boat winching operations'

Bushes permanently deformed by the prevailing winds


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