It is in the countryside that affection, warmth, respect for living things and a feeling of belonging are still tangible. This is why Britian is an enduringly beautiful land with tranquil images that in some places have scarcely changed at all in the past five hundred years. Images to be enjoyed and savoured as though looking through the pages of an old photo album.
Images such as a flower-strewn meadow, a singing brook, an old packhorse bridge, sleepy villages with pink-washed cottages and dark creaky pubs, fragrant with polish, wet dogs and cider. Colourful, billowing gardens that spill through old white fencing, noisy smithies that smell of hot coals and sweating horses, teashops with Earl Grey tea and cinnamon toast and richly perfumed bluebell woods.
Handsome manor houses built in mellow stone and ancient farms resilient against time and the weather. White cob barns full of sweet hay and newborn calves with milky breath. Rooks clattering high above the village green, that echoes with the whack of a ball on willow on warm summer evenings and the cry of a huntsman and hounds on cold frosty mornings.
Such are pictures of Britain’s past and present; a tapestry of pageantry, tradition and natural beauty, woven into the pattern of everyday life. We have gathered together some of our favourite country pictures for your enjoyment. Simply click on the link below to see a slideshow of the British countryside at its best.
To view all the countryside images please click on the first, or any subsequent, picture and wait for it to load in its full size.