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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.




Language level

Advanced: C1
Upper intermediate: B2


Hello Nizam,

Thanks, as always, for pointing out what look like mistakes. Question 5 is was actually grammatically correct ('to' is optional in that structure), but since the transcript includes the 'to', I've added it to the task. Thanks again for telling us about it.

As for question 4 in task 4, 'to have slept' is a perfect infinitive. As an infinitive, it doesn't change form in accordance with the subject. Take a look through the page I linked to and if you have any questions, please let us know.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I remember when i came to Sheffield to attend an english language course some years ago. I stayed there for one month and half, living the core of the city. Then, at the and of the programme of study, i rented out a car for moving to Liverpool. And when i went in the countryside, i remained completely charmed of the stunning and beautiful hills that surround Sheffield! Those landscapes touched me a lot, i will never forget them, with those beutiful and pure, immaculate brooks and green hills planty of colored flowers!
That is one between the landscapes i like better!
I live in a countryside lowland, that i love above all in autumn, when the leaves become multi-colored! Neverthless i like the city panorama too, as long as the city is not to much crowded and chaotic, and especially when it is at least sufficently clean!
I have always been attracted by those limitless Britain's landscapes that i always whatched in movies, above all those of Scotland! I would like to go to visit them one day!

Hi Everyone..
What kind of countryside do you like best?
Kind of countryside I like best is like Gilimanuk, Secret Bay in my country, Bali.
Secret Bay is the name of the dive site found in Gilimanuk. Guarded by two tiny island, this bay is not deep at all. With the water level rising and falling between 2 and 12 metres deep. Neither very large, the bay measures about 2km across and is made up of mangrove flora. The mouth of the bay is like a canal that provides nutrient-rich currents and a safe place for marine life to reproduce. Making it a protected and ideal nursery to visit in bad weather.
It's one of the few places in my country where we can find creatures that are difficult to believe that they exist.

I really liked the lake and its surroundings.I guess I'd rather to live in countryside.I am fed up with hustle and bustle of the cities as I live in a big city.When you live in countryside you get to enjoy breathtaking views, lead healthy lifestyle as well as knowing less but precious people.

Hi!I like very much countrysides with forests,mountains,lakes, rivers and meadows. Do you know French Jura Mountains? It's a mountain's range spanning two countries: France and Switzerland. The highest point is about1700m. His name is : the "Crêt de la Neige".From this point we have a large view on the Alpes's range and the "Mont Blanc".
But "Jura " is also the name of a french department at the east of France, between the Burgondy area and Switzerland. It's an area with various landscapes as I said above.
"Jura" has also given his name at the géological term: jurassique.Millions years ago, before these mountains rised, there were a sea not very deep; tropical vegetation and dinosaurs. Today, in Jura, near a small village of Loulle, we can see a limestone place with many dinosaur's tracks. It's for me an extraordinary site because we can see 18 sauropod tracks ways and 4 theropod tracks ways. These tracksways had been discovered in 2004 and some scientifics had examined and protected them; It's now a touristic site .The Windermere Lake had intresting me because as I exlain i like landscapes very green with lakes, forests.I could not live in city , far from nature. Thanks