Countryside is GREAT - Part 1

Britain's countryside is great, rich with lakes, mountains and monuments. Richard goes to the Lake District first, before crossing the border to Wales.


Welcome to Great Britain and the best of British countryside!

This landscape is incredibly varied, from the sweeping coastlines to the rolling hills and majestic mountains and, with a mild climate and plenty of rain, this really is a green and pleasant land that I’m about to explore.

There are 15 national parks in Great Britain, and one of the most beautiful is here in the Lake District.

It’s the second largest national park in Britain and is full of scenic mountains and picturesque lakes.

In the heart of the Lake District is Lake Windermere – the largest natural lake in England. It’s over 18km long and around 66m deep – so it’s fairly easy to find!

This area is said to be one of the most beautiful in Great Britain. In the past, boats transported slate, timber and wool across the lake, and fishing was really important here.

Hiya. One ticket for the Windermere Lake cruise, please.

Richard: Hello, Jacqui.

Jacqui: Hello, Richard.

Richard: Jacqui O'Connor of Lake Windermere Cruises is giving me a private tour of the lake.

Jacqui, this is lovely. How many people choose to see the lakes like this every year?

Jacqui: Richard, we carry on average 1.35 million passengers a year on our boats.

Richard: And why do you think so many people find this area appealing?

Jacqui: Oh, I think basically all you have to do, Richard, is to look around you. Look at this absolutely stunning scenery. It's absolutely beautiful. They come to get away, to enjoy the peace and tranquillity, to come to have a look at the nature. It's also, Windermere Lake Cruises is one of the top tourist attractions in the north-west of England so when you come to this area, come and cruise on the lake, definitely – it must be done!

Richard: And you obviously love coming out here and love being part of all of this?

Jacqui: I do. It's fantastic. It's just a beautiful area to live. Really nice, lovely, friendly, peaceful. It's great.

Well, I’m wild about Windermere but what about Wales? Just over the border there’s some stunning countryside, at another national park.

One of the most visited parks is Snowdonia in Wales. 6 million people come to visit the incredible mountains every year.

Wales is famous for its mountains, but also countryside closer to sea level. This fishing village on the north coast has 3km of sweeping bay, offering a sheltered harbour to visitors from around the world.


Task 1

Which is the best title for this video?


Task 2

The numbers in this exercise are in the video. What do they refer to?


Task 3

Can you make sentences from the video using these words?


Task 4

Richard said "This area is said to be one of the most beautiful in Great Britain." Complete the second sentence so that it means the same as the first one. You can't use the word 'people' and you must use the word in brackets.



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Submitted by Ilian Van Wassenhove on Fri, 20/03/2020 - 11:00

The mountains and the hills look astonishing, I would love to make walks at the mountainrivers.

Submitted by Tony Bresette on Sat, 01/02/2020 - 07:24

I am glad to read this wonderful article.

Submitted by dan on Mon, 22/07/2019 - 03:26

Hello, I like more the mountain of Wales and the fishing village. If i could to choose, i'll like to live at the countryside. But the job keep me in the city.

Submitted by vsttni on Wed, 10/04/2019 - 02:11

I prefer to live in country side. But due to work I need to live in the city.

Submitted by nmenag on Tue, 09/04/2019 - 03:24

There is an error, the video says `video forbidden`, please fix this. thanks
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Submitted by azzamsaleh on Mon, 11/03/2019 - 06:56

what I like the most out of the various landscapes is lakes. I really admire Windermere lake. it poses a very relaxing view. I prefer to live in a countryside because it is peaceful and there are beautiful sceneries.

Submitted by nursemye29 on Wed, 27/02/2019 - 04:11

Among the places that Richard visited, I liked the Windermere lake. The view was picturesque and the nature was exquisitely calming to the soul. And if I was asked as to where I would prefer to live, that would be in the countryside. The countryside shows the real beauty of untouched nature where you can live with simplicity and where the time just flows with peace like a river. City life is more like a water rafting- everything is almost in a rush.

Submitted by zainatopia on Thu, 14/02/2019 - 18:15

What kind of countryside do you like best? Which of the places that Richard visits most interest you? Do you prefer to live in the city or in the countryside? the best kind of countryside are fields and lakes .the most interesting places that Richard visited is Windermere lake. i prefer to live in countryside. please correct

Submitted by Tony Bresette on Fri, 20/07/2018 - 08:16

I am glad to read this information.