10 amazing photographs of Britain’s landscapes
Exploring 50 of Britain’s most amazing landscapes, This Land, is a beautiful new photography book by Britain’s finest landscape photographer, Joe Cornish.
Here we bring you a selection of images from the book, which takes in the country’s amazing diversity from ancient quartzite rocks of the Scottish Highlands to the gritstones and limestones of the English Pennines and rolling chalk downs of Southern England.
With accompanying text by outdoors writer and campaigner Roly Smith, This Land is a fascinating look at outdoor Britain’s many delights.
1 Suilven, Highlands
Scottish mountain Suilven (above) rises in splendid isolation from Inverpolly National Nature Reserve.
2 Loch Duich, Highlands
The crowning glory of the Kintail NSA are the splendid hills around the head of Loch Duich. The much-photographed Eileen Donan castle, an ancient structure, sits on an island in the loch.
3 Derwent Water, Lake District
Tucked away in the north-west corner of England, the Lake District is possibly the nation’s loveliest combination of mountains, dales and lakes.
4 Worm’s Head, Gower, Wales
Worm’s Head is the rocky causeway marking the westernmost extremity of the Gower peninsula in South Wales, and is only accessible for two hours a day.
5 Calanais Stone Circle, Lewis, Scotland
An extraordinary monument, stone circle that sits on the west coast of the isle of Lewis, according to local tradition, are a race of giants turned to stone for refusing to convert to Christianity. Archaeological evidence dates them as late Neolithic, erected around 4,500 to 5,000 years ago.
6 Hadrian’s Wall
Hadrian’s Wall is a masterpiece of second-century engineering, and remains one of the finest examples of Roman military architecture in Europe. It ran for 80 Roman miles (73 miles/117km), putting a stranglehold across the neck of Britain.
7 Kingley Bottom, Sussex
The brooding forest of yews at Kingley Bottom in Sussex offers a truly magical walk with trees which could be in their second millennium.
8 Roseberry Topping, North Yorkshire
Roseberry has been the scene of human interest and activity for millennia. Early travellers were convinced its shape meant it must be an extinct volcano but the earliest dateable evidence is of a hoard of bronze age implements.
9 The Cleveland Way, North Yorkshire
Classic moorland scenery on the Cleveland Way, an interesting and a beautiful path which runs for more than 100 miles from Helmsley, on the southern edge of the North York Moors National Park, to Filey on the east coast.
10 Logan Rock, Treen, Cornwall
The beautiful bay and dazzling white sands beach at Porthcurno, enclosed by the headlands of Logan Rock and Gwennap Head, has been listed among the ten most beautiful bays in the world.
This Land, photography by Joe Cornish with words by Roly Smith, published by Frances Lincoln, £30.