Beautiful Britain - desktop wallpaper - page 1
Quote:- 'The loveliest flowers the closest cling to earth, And they first feel the sun: So the soft star-like primrose,
The happiest of spring's happy, fragrant birth.' (John Keble - English poet)'

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Sunday 8th April 2018
Primroses in the grounds of Hornsea Parish Church, East Yorkshire
(OS Grid Ref. TA201476 Nearest Post Code HU18 1AG)

Spring will be a little late this year! The native primrose is my favourite flower. It was also the favourite flower of former Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. On the day of the unveiling of Disraeli's statue, all Conservative members of the House of Commons were decorated with the primrose. Its botanical name is primula vulgaris. Vulgaris means common, although sad to say our native primroses are less common than in the past. Primroses are one of the earliest flowering spring plants and are one of the joys of early spring. The flowers are pale yellow, a colour very rare among flowers, and are deliciously scented. The removal of wild plants is now illegal in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. (Photographed at Hornsea Parish Church. Sir Brian Rix, former actor, life peer and disability campaigner, who died in 2016, was married here in 1949.)

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Location Map

The embedded map uses Ordnance Survey data Crown copyright and database right 2018

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25th March 2018Bridlington North Pier, East Yorkshire (OS Grid Ref. TA186665 Nearest Post Code YO15 2NS)
Bridlington North Pier, East Yorkshire

The photograph was taken at Bridlington's North Pier in East Yorkshire when the storm billed as "The Beast From The East Two" was at its height (Saturday 17th March 2018). Although the power of the waves is obvious from the picture, only the photographer can appreciate just how bitterly cold the gale force wind was! The town still has a small a working harbour and is well known for its shellfish. The North Pier is a breakwater wall that forms the east side of the harbour. The sculpture on the pier was designed in 2015 by Steve Carvill and honours Bridlington's fishing families. It is called the Gansey Girl and depicts a young woman knitting a gansey, the traditional jumper worn by fishermen. Bridlington old town was used as a major location in the 2016 remake of the film Dad's Army, as was North Landing at Flamborough, which is six miles from Bridlington.

16th March 2018Lymington Marina, Hampshire (OS Grid Ref. SZ328955 Nearest Post Code SO41 3AT)
Lymington Marina, Hampshire

Lymington is an attractive Georgian market town in the south of the New Forest, Hampshire. A series of cobbled streets lead down to the pretty main quay area. Lymington has been an important settlement since the Iron Age and is now an internationally famous yachting centre with three marinas. In recent years it has been home to world-famous regattas such as the Royal Lymington Cup, Etchells Worlds, Macnamara's Bowl, and Source Regatta. The town faces Yarmouth, on the Isle of Wight, to which there is a car ferry service operated by Wightlink. The journey takes 35 minutes, and caters for both foot passengers and cars. It's possible to take boat trips around the Solent from Lymington, in addition to private sailing, motor-boating and fishing trips.

Loch Lochy, Lochaber, Highland ( OS Grid Ref. NN185876 Nearest Post Code PH34 4EJ)

9th March 2018
Loch Lochy, Lochaber, Highland

Loch Lochy in the Scottish Highlands is 9 miles long and is the third-deepest loch of Scotland with a mean depth of 230 ft (70 m). The loch forms part of the Caledonian Canal and is located 10 miles southwest of Loch Ness, along the Great Glen. The 60 mile long Caledonian Canal connects the Scottish east coast at Inverness with the west coast at Corpach near Fort William. Only one third of the entire length is man-made, the rest being formed by Loch Dochfour, Loch Ness, Loch Oich, and Loch Lochy. Folklore tales tell of a supernatural being on Loch Lochy called the the River Horse which was said to emerge from the lake and assume a horse's shape before feeding on the loch's banks.

2nd March 2018
Healey Dell, Whitworth, Rossendale (OS Grid Ref. SD881150 Nearest Post Code OL12 7AZ)
Healey Dell
23rd February 2018
York Minster, City of York (OS Grid Ref. SE602521 Nearest Post Code YO1 7HS)
York Minster
City of York
9th February 2018
Snowdrops at Ablington, Gloucestershire (OS Grid Ref. SP104076 Nearest Post Code GL7 5NY)
Auchencairn Bay
Dumfries and Galloway
2nd February 2018
Spurn Point, East Riding of Yorkshire (OS Grid Ref. TA409119 Nearest Post Code HU12 0UG)
Spurn Point
East Riding of Yorkshire
25th January 2018
Corpach, Scottish Highlands (OS Grid Ref. NN094767 Nearest Post Code PH33 7JJ)
Scottish Highlands
16th January 2018
Arlington Row, Bibury : Gloucestershire (OS Grid Ref. SP114066 Nearest Post Code GL7 5NJ)
Arlington Row
Bibury, Gloucestershire
6th January 2018
Auchencairn Bay, Dumfries and Galloway (OS Grid Ref. NX811508 Nearest Post Code DG7 1QZ)
Auchencairn Bay
Dumfries and Galloway
29th December 2017
Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth, Rossendale  (OS Grid Ref. SD878194 Nearest Post Code OL12 8XG)
Cowm Reservoir
Whitworth, Rossendale
21st December 2017
The Church of St. Mary the Virgin : Bury, Lancashire (OS Grid Ref. SD804108 Nearest Post Code BL9 0YB)
The Church of St. Mary the Virgin
Bury, Lancashire
13th December 2017
St. James' Church, Thornton - West Yorkshire (OS Grid Ref. SE105327 Nearest Post Code BD13 3HN)
St. James' Church, Thornton
West Yorkshire
30th November 2017
Cardiff Bay - South Wales (OS Grid Ref. ST195745 Nearest Post Code CF10 4AX)
Cardiff Bay
South Wales
23rd November 2017
The Stable Pond - Powis Castle Gardens, Wrexham (OS Grid Ref. SJ214062 Nearest Post Code SY21 8RG)
The Stable Pond
Powis Castle Gardens, Wrexham
16th November 2017
Autumn at Bodnant Garden - North Wales (OS Grid Ref. SH799722 Nearest Post Code LL28 5RE)
Autumn at Bodnant Garden
North Wales
9th November 2017
Remembrance poppies at the War Memorial outside Bury Parish Church, Greater Manchester (OS Grid Ref. SD804108 Nearest Post Code BL9 0LD)
Remembrance poppies
Bury Parish Church
30th October 2017
The Chinese Garden at Biddulph Grange, Staffordshire (OS Grid Ref. SJ892591 Nearest Post Code ST8 7SD)
Biddulph Grange Garden
20th October 2017
HMS Victory - Portsmouth Dockyard (OS Grid Ref. SU628006 Nearest Post Code PO1 3NU)
HMS Victory
Portsmouth Dockyard
13th October 2017
Gillerthwaite Cumbria (OS Grid Ref. NY143211 Nearest Post Code CA13 0RU)
6th October 2017
The Ffestiniog Narrow Gauge Railway - Porthmadog, Gwynedd  (OS Grid Ref. SH571384 Nearest Post Code LL49 9NB)
The Ffestiniog Narrow Gauge Railway - Porthmadog, Gwynedd
28th September 2017
Michaelmas Daisies at Threave Garden, Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway (OS Grid Ref. NX752604 Nearest Post Code DG7 1RX)
Michaelmas Daisies at Threave Garden, Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway
18th September 2017
Windermere and the Lakeland Fells from Wray Castle, Cumbria (OS Grid Ref. NY374010 Nearest Post Code LA22 0JA)
Windermere and the Lakeland Fells from Wray Castle, Cumbria
11th September 2017
Haymaking at Brough Castle, Cumbria (OS Grid Ref. NY791140 Nearest Post Code CA17 4EJ)
Haymaking at Brough Castle
2nd September 2017
Portloe Harbour, Cornwall (OS Grid Ref. SW937393 Nearest Post Code TR2 5QY)
Portloe Harbour
24th August 2017
Wild teasels at Penmon Priory, Isle of Anglesey (OS Grid Ref. SH630806 Nearest Post Code LL58 8SP)
Wild teasels at Penmon Priory Anglesey
11th August 2017
Historic canal boats, Audlem Mill : Shropshire Union Canal - Cheshire (OS Grid Ref. SJ656437 Nearest Post Code CW3 0ED)
Historic canal boats, Audlem Mill, Cheshire
25th July 2017
Dunure, South Ayrshire (OS Grid Ref. NS252158 Nearest Post Code KA7 4LX)
South Ayrshire
16th July 2017
Aysgarth Upper Falls, Wensleydale - Yorkshire Dales (OS Grid Ref. SE012886 Nearest Post Code DL8 3SR)
Aysgarth Upper Falls
7th July 2017
Smithills Hall, Bolton, Greater Manchester
Smithills Hall, Bolton
Greater Manchester
30th June 2017
Knipe - the Lowther Estate, Cumbria (OS Grid Ref. NY516196 Nearest Post Code CA10 2PU)

About Beautiful Britain

The Beautiful Britain website has been a hobby since 2001. That makes it almost as old as Google! BB does not generate any revenue and no longer creates links to commercial websites. The pictures are all from our many short break holidays here in Britain.

Why is this website changing?

60% of Internet traffic is now on mobile devices (2017). In the months ahead I hope to convert the most viewed pages of this this web site to a 'mobile friendly' format. If they do not display correctly, please let me know.

What's next?

Proposals include
(1) On This Day crossword
(2) Daily non-surprise jigsaws Done
(3) Daily HD widescreen wallpaper
(4) Full screen 'four seasons slide show'

No time-scale for implementation!

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