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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 teachers,
First of all, if I heard well there is one word missed out in transcript but it has been placed in the video. "... we carry on average 1.35 million passengers A YEAR on our boats." That is found on 1:59 in the video.

Second, when Ms Jacqui says "...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!" What does she mean with the phrase "It must be done" If I realised from context, she meant that it means something like "that is it" or "that is something you always wanted" or "that is perfect" or something like that. If I am completely wrong could you please explain me a bit about it?

The last one question is about phrase "I am WILD about Windermere, but what about Wales?" Please, what is the meaning of the word wild here? When I checked in the dictionary I couldn't find appropriate meaning, moreover I don't know is it an adjective or a noun in this sentence.

Thank you in advance

Hello andeo,

You are correct about the missing words. Thank you for pointing this out. I have corrected the transcript.

The phrase 'it must be done' here means 'it is so good that everyone should do it'. It's a way of emphasising advice or suggestions. For example, if you are recommending a restaurant then you might say 'You really must go'.

'Wild about' means 'very enthusiastic about'. Again, it's a way of emphasising a strong feeling.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello. This is very great place to visit and relax. I love countryside because I grew up in the countryside in my country, Laos. But everything is definitely different.
I have some questions about vocabularies in this video; How different meaning between
'varied' and 'different', 'stunning' and 'beautiful', 'harbour' and 'pier'. If there are similar meanings, could I use the same situations. Again, could you explain the word 'appealing'. Is it similar to interesting.
Thank you very much for helping to improve my English skill.

Hello Nouytha,

You can find definitions and examples of these words by using the Cambridge Dictionaries Online search box on the lower right side of this page. I think that will help you understand the differences between all of these words, but if anything is still not clear, please don't hesitate to ask us about it. Also, please note that sometimes we simply don't use certain words together. We don't say 'a high woman' for example; we say 'a tall woman', even though 'high' and 'tall' essentially mean the same thing. This is called collocation.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I prefer living in the city. But the England countryside may change my preference, I confess. It's inspiring.


I wonder why the title to be C. "a visit to some British varied landscapes". I thought it would be B. Is it because Richard refers to Wales national park in the video? Thank you for your help.

Hello Keiko,

I think C makes the most sense as a title because at the beginning, Richard introduces his visit to Lake Windermere in the context of the best of the British countryside and varied landscape. Also, at the end, he mentions Snowdonia, so even though it's true that what we primarily see in the video is the Lake District, it's an example of the different kinds of landscape that you can find around Britain.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I learnt at school about Lake District, but I have never had the chance to visit it. It is amazing how many tourists come here, I wasn't aware of this. This way of learning about a country through watching films is really great.

I enjoyed seeing this video of (from my opinion ) a visit to Lake Windermere .I realized that how beautiful is Great Britain .I love a Countryside rich in green hills , flowers,birds ,and fresh ocean breath .All places I have seen in the video interested me .For me Countrysides are best places to live .

I like so munch the farm. But also I believe that the city is important for personal development. The type of farm that like for me is the landscape with varied the mountains and river for capture, for example, one photography and have one wonderful experience. About richard and your places, i liked "the Windermere lake" because i think that is a place very quiet, beautiful, the climate varied and nice people. Thanks