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 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
Hello nmenag, I'm sorry to hear you're having problems with the video. I've checked the page and the video is working correctly, so the problem is a local one. Please check the settings on your device and perhaps try accessing the page from a different device (a laptop or desktop computer rather than a mobile device) to see if that helps. Peter The LearnEnglish Team

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.

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.

Submitted by Nizam Balinese on Thu, 29/06/2017 - 09:54

Hello, Team. Help me to improve my listening skills, please. In the transcript, it says : - It really is a green and pleasant land that I'm about to explore. - Oh, I think basically all you have to do is to look around you. - They come to get away, to enjoy peace and tranquillity, ... But I listen to the video : - Time code 0:28 - 0:37 ; [This] really is a green and pleasant land that I'm about to explore. - Time code 2:04 - 2:06 ; Oh, I think basically all you have to do [Richard] is to look around you. - Time code 2:12 - 2:16 ; They come to get away, to enjoy [the] peace and tranquillity, ... ================= So would you like to check it out, please? Thank you in advance.

Hello Nizam,

You have good listening skills! In all three cases, your versions of the sentences are correct. I've just fixed all three in the transcripts.

Thanks very much for taking the time to tell us about this!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Wolves on Sun, 11/06/2017 - 15:40

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!

Submitted by Nizam Balinese on Sat, 18/02/2017 - 05:08

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.

Submitted by Genc on Fri, 17/02/2017 - 11:34

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.

Submitted by Marie17 on Sat, 14/01/2017 - 15:49

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