10 amazing photographs of Britain’s landscapes

    Cotton grass, Suilven, early summer morning Credit: Joe Cornish

    Exploring 50 of Britain’s most amazing landscapes, This Land, is a beautiful new photography book by Britain’s finest landscape photographer, Joe Cornish.

    webThis-Land-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

    Loch Duich, Scotland
    Loch Duich in winter Credit: Joe Cornish

    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

    Calf Close Bay, Derwent
    Calf Close Bay, Derwent Water Credit: Joe Cornish

    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, Rhossili, wales, gower
    Worm’s Head from Rhossili Credit: Joe Cornish

    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

    Calanais, Lewis
    Calanais Stone Circle, Lewis Credit: Joe Cornish

    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
    Hadrian’s Wall and Crag Lough Credit: Joe Cornish

    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

    Kingley Bottom
    Kingley Bottom, yew tree Credit: Joe Cornish

    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 Topping, north yorkshire
    Roseberry Topping, Odin’s Hill, North Yorkshire Credit: Joe Cornish

    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

    Cleveland way, north yorkshire
    The Cleveland Way, North Yorkshire Credit: Joe Cornish

    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

    LOgan rock, Cornwall
    Logan Rock and Pedn Vounder from Treen Cliff, Cornwall Credit: Joe Cornish

    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.


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