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 meknini on Fri, 15/07/2022 - 09:18


Lake Windermere is the one I would tick first in my travel itinerary to Great Britain. Cruising on the boat with cool breeze gently whipping my face on a warm sunny afternoon would be wonderful. There must be scenic views along the 16 kilometers lake and surely I would expect to see some fish in the clear water amidst the rippled water. Yes, definitely Lake Windermere is my first priority.

Being a nature lover, I have never been able to envision living in a hustle and bustle city as the fast-paced living and constantly buzzing streets might be a little too much for me to breathe in in contrast to a sedentary slow-paced life in a village in the countryside. I am a country grl to the core!

Submitted by meknini on Fri, 15/07/2022 - 09:09


Rolling paddy fields with mountains or hills at the far sight framing the sun rise would be a sight to behold what more if there are water buffaloes grazing and birds flocking amidst the azure blue sky.

Submitted by Chaunb2 on Tue, 31/05/2022 - 11:56


I think these landscapes are beautiful and I would love to visit them.

Submitted by Luis Castillo on Tue, 03/05/2022 - 22:43


Hello, great class! Can you tell me if this video can be found on Youtube? or, do you have the link?
Thanks a lot!

Hello Luis,

I'm afraid that the Word on the Street videos are not available on YouTube. We do have lots of other videos on our channel, though, so please check them out.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by ibsk on Mon, 18/04/2022 - 01:33


This video gives me a lot of new sentence structure

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Submitted by Fabio Gutterre… on Wed, 05/01/2022 - 12:36


Besides being a wonderful place, this series of videos are a great opportunity to learn English. Thanks. ;)

Submitted by Ramazan Altınışık on Mon, 07/09/2020 - 15:53

English countrysides always fascinate me and lake windermere is astonishing to watch. Living in countryside has advantages and disadvantages. İn 21. century cities. Living in big cities is going to unhealthy gradually. We can breath the fresh air in countrysides rather than in big cities.

Submitted by loly_alaa on Mon, 15/06/2020 - 16:52

it' so beautiful video

Submitted by Ricardoamador on Fri, 27/03/2020 - 20:19

i love this kind of natural appeal because when you are in contact with them you can get some relaxing moments out of the stress of the city

Submitted by Cristina_cv on Fri, 27/03/2020 - 18:56

To my mind, is increbible like a nature can they gives you too much cal and tranquility, i feel that the landscapes in this place lokks such as a movie film, such a magic lake ,Id definitely like to go. I not thought that Britain´s contryside has this great diversity and beauty. Im very impresionated with this and that every places that him visited, i liked the windermere cruises. This place receives 135 million of people a year from all over the world, moreover its in an national park and its amazing that they have that kind of tourist reception. I guess its such a complete place because it not only has beautiful landscapes, but also very big and impressive mountains that offer a spectacular view.

Submitted by Alexis Quilachamin on Thu, 26/03/2020 - 23:15

This video shows an amazing landscape with amazing biodiversity, from the vast mountains and, with a temperate climate and lots of rain, this is truly a pleasant green land that I am about to explore. Variety of parks with large lakes, I would like to travel to Great Britain

Submitted by DAQV on Thu, 26/03/2020 - 00:58

I really like places with mountains, they are more relaxing for me. Lake Windermere caught my eye If I could live in the country I surely would

Submitted by nikoslado on Sun, 22/03/2020 - 20:14

Dear Team, at these crucial moments for all of us around the world, I deeply feel the need to encourage - with the few English I know - all of you and all the people reading this: -to stay upright and strong, for themselves and for those who love. -to discover within them all the reserves of positive thinking and inner potential they have and offer them to the people around. -humanity will defeat the pandemic nightmare. With the best wishes for all Nikoslado

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.
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Submitted by btriton on Fri, 18/05/2018 - 19:14

I like mountains, these are amazing, the nature around them, the peaks melt and many waterfalls come down, the lakes and all the fauna and flora related to this system is beautiful. I would like visit Great Britain cities and countryside, if you ask me where I prefer to live, I would choose countryside.