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      The Royal Wedding - Jerusalem (from the poem by William Blake) (HD) (29 April 2011).

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    Swim: Cumbria has more than 80 lakes, meres, waters and tarns, making it the perfect place to enjoy a spot of wild swimming. The Lake District tends to be busy in summer but it is still possible to escape the crowds if you’re willing to explore.Even popular Ullswater, widely regarded as the most beautiful lake in England, has its share of secluded bays and beaches from which to enjoy a dip. Or hire a boat, fish for trout, dive, sail, canoe, catch the steamer or simply skim a pebble.

    Unique, historical buildings in which to stay in the UK for less than £40 per night. Here: The four-storey Clavell Tower is probably the most distinctive property in Landmark Trust's books, and it sits on the Dorset coast.

    Hampton Court Palace clock

    View from the London Eye. Best places to see London from above ('though I'd have to add The Shard to this list)

    Norfolk lavender

    Sezincote House, (1805), Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

    Painhill Park | 18 Incredible Places You Won't Believe Are Actually In London

    Great little secrets

    Protected: The Grade 1 listed Fountains Abbey, which is located around three miles south-west of Ripon in North Yorkshire, is one of the largest and best-preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England. It was founded by Benedictine monks expelled from St Mary's Abbery in York in the early 12th century and operated until 1539 when King Henry VIII ordered the Dissolution of the Monasteries

    2nd June, 1840 - Thomas Hardy was born in this picturesque Dorset cottage. Built of cob and thatch by Hardy’s grandfather, little has been altered since the family left. It was here that Hardy wrote his early short stories, poetry and novels including ‘Far from the Madding Crowd.’

    Back door of St. Edward's Church, Stow-on-the-Wold - said to be the inspiration for the Moria door in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. He was known to have passed through this area prior to writing the series.

    Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, Dorset - feels like another world from the moment you step ashore. Best known for its thriving natural habitats - including woodland and a lagoon which act as a unique haven for wildlife. More info / how to get there etc. at the NT site here: www.nationaltrust...

    English bluebell wood in Rolvenden, Kent, England. The perfume from the bluebells was exquisite. By B Lowe

    The cliffs above Heddon Valley, Devon - During the warmer months, common heather, bell heather and western gorse can be found lining the coastal path on the Hangman Hills in Heddon Valley. The towering sea cliffs and moorland scenery offer views over Combe Martin and the Bristol Channel.. [National Trust Facebook page]

    National Trust Upton House and gardens near Banbury, Warwickshire, England in July 2014 with some magnificent paintings (Bosch et al).

    The world's first postage stamp was issued by Great Britain in 1840. Featuring a bust of Queen Victoria, it has come to be known as the "Penny Black."

    Beautiful place to visit ~ Lyme Regis is a coastal town in West Dorset, England, situated 25 miles west of Dorchester and 25 miles east of Exeter. The town lies in Lyme Bay, on the English Channel coast at the Dorset–Devon border. It is nicknamed "The Pearl of Dorset." Location for the film 'The French Lieutenant's Woman

    Oxford, England

    The 16th century Fords Hospital Courtyard, Greyfriars Lane, Coventry, England Founded by merchant William Ford in 1509 to provide accommodation for elderly people

    The Teddy Bear Shop and Museum - Handmade Teddy Bears - Ironbridge, Shropshire, England

    Kingsgate Castle in Broadstairs, Kent, England was built for Lord Holland, 1st Baron Holland, in the 1760s. The castle has now been converted into apartments, what a view!

    Prince George poses for a Christmas portrait (c) THR The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, what an absolute cutie!!

    "If you're visiting from out of town don't bother with the London eye -- head straight to the top of the Shard! You can stay as long as you like, buy a glass of champagne, they play soothing floaty music and you have epic 360 degree views of our beloved city ... Honestly, it was the freaking business" ~ [♥] Photo and info, Susannah Conway, via FB. Views, visiting London

    moorland heather...Roseberry, England