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Five Places I Love In England

Updated on April 3, 2015

My Favorite Places in England

England has many ancient and historic towns, beautiful cathedral cities, stunning national parks, mountains and lakes. With so many choices, how can we decide which places to visit or to recommend to travellers? The places that have meaning for us are influenced by our circumstances, our parents and relations, our home, our community, our friends and lovers, and the things that we see.

Our opinions change, our attitudes evolve, but some people and places stay with us forever. The places that I show you on this page are those that I consider to be some of the best places to visit in England, places that hold my memories...

The photos on this page are my own, or taken with my camera, unless otherwise stated, so please do not reuse without my permission. This one was taken on a wet and windy July day, on Skiddaw, in the Lake District. The valley behind is obscured by low cloud.


England... this sceptred isle... this green and pleasant land... is not all cricket and cream teas.

The Magna Carta, Morris dancers, and Mr Bean were all created here. We have history, culture and countryside. I am going to show you some places that I particularly like to be - three are quiet, country retreats from my everyday life, the other two are filled with family memories.

But, why not come and discover England for yourself?

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Cley Beach - North Norfolk

Cley beach is a very long, isolated and quiet shingle beach on the north Norfolk coast between Wells and Cromer. In the winter, it is wild and wind-swept. Sitting quietly behind a bird reserve, with an access road prone to flooding, and no facilities except a car park, this is a perfect place to be on summer day. You can walk from Cley along to Blakeney Point to see seal colonies.

I've been here many times, with small groups of friends. We usually arrive with a selection of foods to cook, a Kelly kettle to make some hot drinks, our swimming kit and, perhaps, a kayak.

First job... comb the beach for driftwood to make our barbeque. Next job... boil up the kettle for a hot drink. And then... swim, chat, cook, kayak, fly a kite, watch the occasional seal watching us, and relax.

tea on the beach
tea on the beach

Tea on Cley Beach

There used to be a cafe at the Cley Beach - Arkwright's sold second hand books, tea, coffee and hot bacon rolls. They also kept a log of the birds seen in the area. Sadly Norfolk County Council decided that the cost of maintaining sea defences was too high. One winter after they stopped this maintenance, the car park was flooded, Arkwright's was lost forever...

So how to get a cup of tea? Well, our way is to take along a bottle of water, a Kelly kettle, tea bags, plastic cups and milk.

For all you need to know about using a Kelly kettle to make a great cup of tea, click here.

Kelly Kettle, for boiling water and cooking

We have just the Kelly kettle, which is an amazing ultra fast kettle. We don't have the additional cooking set, but if I bought another, I would definitely buy the cooking set too.

Kelly Kettle Large Stainless Steel Base Camp Basic Kit
Kelly Kettle Large Stainless Steel Base Camp Basic Kit

Simple to use - just collect some twigs and dry grass, and you can be boiling water and cooking in moments.


Lincoln - County Town of Lincolnshire

Lincoln is the county town of Lincolnshire. It is also an ancient cathedral city. For history enthusiasts, there is plenty to see - the city still has remnants of its Roman Walls. And, in fact, it's history can be traced further back to the Iron Age. The cathedral is a stunning building, which sitting at the top of a hill, can be seen for many miles.

Building began in 1088, and continued through the medieval period In several phases. Between 1300 and 1549, the cathedral was reputed to be the tallest In the world. Sadly, the 525 foot central spire collapsed in1549. It was never rebuilt. The eminent Victorian writer John Ruskin said: "I have always held... that the cathedral of Lincoln is out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles and roughly speaking worth any two other cathedrals we have."

Keep Your Memories Fresh - with an easy to use, high resolution camera

It's much easier these days to take good quality digital photos, and even to edit them yourself. Here's a great selection of cameras that you'll enjoy using. For some hints on improving your digital photos, have a look at my pages on Cropping photos to tell a story and 10 steps to great photos

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom and 3.0-inch LCD (Silver) (2012 Model)
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom and 3.0-inch LCD (Silver) (2012 Model)

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 digital camera offers faster focus, both day and night, with 10X optical and 20X Clear Image zoom to get you close enough to capture the action. It has an 18.2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor, giving exceptional low-light performance and high-resolution. Youy can also take Full HD 1080/60i videos (records in 29-minute segments).


Hastings - Sussex Seaside Town

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I have warm memories of childhood visits to Hastings old town. I have always loved shingle beaches... maybe it comes from that time. I remember paddling in the sea, playing on the beach, ice-cream on the promenade, visits to the pier, and pickled whelks from the beach-side stalls.

My grandparents lived on the West Hill, close to the cliffs, the castle and the funicular railway. From the West Hill, you can see the Old Town and the East Hill to the East, the sea to the South, and the Hastings business district and St Leonards to the west. On the West Hill, you can also visit St Clement's Caves, now a tourist attraction showing the history of smuggling on the South Coast.

The Yorkshire Dales - The Dales National Park

Bushnell 133450 Falcon 10x50 Wide Angle Binoculars (Black)
Bushnell 133450 Falcon 10x50 Wide Angle Binoculars (Black)

I'm spotlighting these because I don't want you to miss any of the wildlife or scenery, if you visit my favourite places or your own!


Bushnell Falcon 10x50 Wide Angle Binoculars

These Falcon series binoculars offer good magnification at a reasonable price. They are versatile, with a durable design, and are ideal for bird-watching, looking at the countryside and watching stadium sports. The fold-down eyecups are useful for preventing prescription glasses and sunglasses from scratches.

Bushnell is an industry-leader, with a history of high quality, reliable, and affordable products. These binoculars have their InstaFocus fast focus system, so you can focus quickly on the action.

The Lake District

The Lake District National Park, in Cumbria is the largest in England and the second largest in the United Kingdom. So much for the stats...

What you need to know is that it is beautiful - the impressive scenery includes the highest mountains in England and many lakes and rivers. There are hundreds of interesting, dramatic and exhilarating routes It can be a wild and wet place, but I've also enjoyed sunshine and warm days. Remember always to respect the mountains, they can be dangerous for the unwary.

The "Wainwrights" and other great illustrated guides

Alfred Wainwright, born in 1907, became one of the most famous writers about the Lake District. He was a fell walker who wrote and illustrated a seven-volume Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells. It is the standard reference work of 214 fells in the English Lake District. These fells are now known as 'Wainwrights'. He wrote and illustrated many other books on the Lake District, as well as Wales, Northern England and Scotland. Living until 1991, he was featured in a TV documentary about the Wainwrights and the Lake District.

Where to find my places

  • Cley beach

    On the North Norfolk coast, East Anglia.

  • Lincoln

    In the county of Lincolnshire, between the River Humber and the Wash.

  • Hastings

    On the South Coast, in Sussex.

  • Yorkshire dales

    Well... Yorkshire, of course.

  • Lake district

    In Cumbria, in the north west of England

Where do you like to be? - And what does that tell us about you?

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      savateuse 2 years ago

      Dorset? Yes, I love the dramatic Jurassic Coast !

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      savateuse 2 years ago

      I hope you have the opportunity to visit some day :)

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      Erin Mellor 2 years ago from Europe

      I love Cley. I'm more of a North York Moors girl than a Dales person. I love the Gower, but nothing beats the endless dunes and tiny coves of Dorset for me, except London, of course.

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      I look at your photographs and feel like I'm home, though I've never been to England. Thank you for sharing your favorite spots there.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      I absolutely love the choices you have made here. We are so lucky to have so many splendid places in such a small country! Thanks very much for sharing with us. I love the photo of your cups of tea on Cley Beach.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 3 years ago from Jersey Shore

      So lovely and someplace I have always wanted to visit!

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      We visited the Lake District and Hastings when we lived in London -- would have loved to have seen the other places you mentioned. maybe someday!

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      savateuse 4 years ago

      @Nathanville: You have so many beautiful places to visit in the south west of England - very fortunate!

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      Arthur Russ 4 years ago from England

      We live in the South West and love exploring historical sites and places of natural beauty in England, Wales and France and relaxing on the sandy beaches in southern France.

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      savateuse 4 years ago

      @JayRockins: I love Cley beach, but you're right a wetsuit helps a lot!

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      JayRockins 4 years ago

      Great lens!! Cley Beach for the win! But bring a wet suit if you plan to stay in the water for some time :)

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      John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

      A great advert for England, some lovely places to visit

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      kwj 4 years ago

      Great places. The Wrekin in Shropshire is special to me.

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      savateuse 4 years ago

      @MiaMusement: Pleased to be helpful! Thanks for visiting!

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      MiaMusement 4 years ago

      Lovely places... plus thanks for illustrating for me a proper way to use the Lens Love widget. I was wondering about that.

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      jenny-archer-9 4 years ago

      Live in Suffolk,great if you like pretty,medieval villages and fields,born in Cardiff,super castle but not much else unless you're a city lover,love Cornwall and N.Devon and pretty much anywhere N. Norfolk.

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      nicolane 4 years ago

      I'de love to get a home md way between the dales and the lakes.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      beautiful place to visit, thanks

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      The Lake District looks wonderful. I'd love to go there.

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