Easily can we find splendid natural scenes in every great literature work, from the frozen winter of Siberia to wild desert in the west of America. Likewise, this ten breathtaking landscapes in England inspired generations of writers, sparking the most romantic images. Check this places and you would like to go for a trip immediately to where English authors describe as “green and pleasant lands” with all their pride and passion.
The Lake District
When facing this wondrous mix of rolling hills, rugged mountains and limpid lakes, it’s hard for anyone to be grim or unromantic. Centuries ago, William Wordsworth wrote his most beautiful poems here. The fist time Beatrix Potter visited the Lake District with her family, she fell in love with it. And she found almost all inspiration for her fairy tales from the quite lakes and mountains. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Arthur Ransome, Lord Tennyson Sir Walter Scott, and other countless authors were also absorbed in this green wonderland.
I believe Jane Austen had carved the impression deeply enough in people’s mind of the “posh playground” she lived in from 1801 to 1806. The two of her famous novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuation were set in Bath, the upscale city.
If you visit Bath, do walk to elegant Georgian Garden there.Also, in September you can grab a chance to attend etiquette classes, dancing lessons and more about her literature, since there would be a unique Jane Austen Festival every year.
Geoffrey Chaucer, known as the “Father of English literature”, set his most famous work, The Canterbury Tales in Kent. No literary tour of England would be complete without retracing this Middle Ages greatest poet’s work here.
Thomas Hardy must had been totally attracted by the Jurassic coastline and farming villages in Dorset, since of all the greats in English literature, his description of the vivid realities of 19th century rural Britain was even more inextricably linked to the fascinating landscape than most.
Served as a constant muse to Bronte Sisters, Yorkshire Moors is famous for its wildness and romanticism. Standing on these dramatic moorlands, you can feel the charm of the windswept backdrop, and imagination would crowd in as if you can see how the wild, Gothic romance happens here between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshow in Wuthering Heights.
Alfred Lord Tennyson, Dephne Du Maurier and Virginia Woolf were all greatly inspired by Cornwall’s famous castle, craggy coastline and sweeping beaches. Tintagel is a place that oozes medieval intrigue and it is said to be the birth place of King Arthur, which add even more mystery to Cornwall.
Ashdown Forest, East Sussex
Are you a fan of Winnie the Pooh? If yes, this is the best place for you to discover the inner child and step into Winnie’s world. Although Ashdown Forest is a hidden gems with barely a signpost in sight, A.A. Milne managed to capture the beauty of it and create the world full of happiness for Winnie and his friends. If you like, you can even spend some time on a game of Poohsticks under the bridge and have fun.
Whitby, North Yorkshire
An isolated castle standing under the dusk sky, with the wind howling. You can naturally understand how Bram Stoker came up with his masterpiece full of Gothic images, Dracula. Apparently, this imposing picture of North Yorkshire’s Whitby Abbey perfectly display the enchanted horror atmosphere.
Born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, D.H. Lawrence wrote down Sons and Lovers and many of his autobiographic novels related to the experience he had when he went to school in Nottingham and worked as a clerk in a factory.
Anyone who knows England knows Shakespeare. And the birthplace of our greatest playwright of all time is also incredibly charming and peaceful. Surrounded by rolling Warwickshire countryside, Stratford-upon-Avon comforts you from the first sight with its tranquility. Interestingly, it is said that Shakespeare had once caught poaching deer from the grounds of Charlecote Park when he’s young.
All these diverse literary landscapes above will definitely lead you into the world of dark, brooding heroes, love torn asunder, and petticoats and parasols.