12 Famous English Countryside Quotes You’ll Love

The English countryside holds a special place for most of us. It has the power to awe and inspire. Some have grown poetic and have gladly penned their thoughts to inspire others. Today, I bring you Timeless Travel Steps favourite famous English countryside quotes which you’ll love. My selection spans from authors, musicians, actors and actresses. Featuring a range of viewpoints, these famous English countryside quotes tell you about this part of the UK and why so many people fall in love with the English countryside.

Before we take a look at the inspiring famous English countryside quotes, let me share my thoughts about this most beautiful, unspoiled area of England that has a spellbinding effect on its visitors.

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For many, the English countryside is what the UK is: an area dotted with historic sites, monuments, protected areas, pretty market towns, and historic pubs with tables in the garden. Quaint English villages, warm and welcoming reflecting the charms of English local culture, where one could live and relax.

Beyond that, the specialness of the English countryside is in its beautifully diverse landscape. Shaped over centuries, the English countryside is like one large delightfully well-maintained garden. Glowing green rolling hills, hidden valleys, glacial ribbon lakes, rugged mountains, colourful wildflowers in the meadows along with gentle streams flowing through dreamy quaint villages. It seems to go on forever, from the county of Cornwall to the Cotswold and beyond to the Yorkshire Dales! It is a part of Britain where time appears to have stopped in its stride.

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The English countryside and wild Scotland are two of my favourite regions in the UK. I have visited many of the destinations over the years, places that offer solitude where I don’t get to escape nearly enough from my near-city life. In this selection of the famous English countryside quotes, I hope you’ll be inspired to visit, explore and discover the charming countryside in England.

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Bibury, Cotswold

Famous English Countryside Quotes to Make You Fall in Love with England Country

These famous English countryside quotes are great for inspiration to travel to this part of England for rural escapes. An idyllic place where you can relax and embrace life on the slow-side. The quotes are also perfect for everyday use. For example, if you are looking for English countryside quotes to accompany your photos on Instagram.

No matter the way you choose to use them, enjoy these quotes and I hope it shall spur you on to love the English countryside as much as most of us do.


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“The English tradition offers the great tapestry novel, where you have the emotional aspect of a detective’s personal life, the circumstances of the crime and, most important, the atmosphere of the English countryside that functions as another character”

Elizabeth George, American Author.

“What is it about the English countryside — why is the beauty so much more than visual? Why does it touch one so?” 

Dodie Smith, English Author

“Growing up in the English countryside seemed an interminable process. Freezing winter gave way to frosty spring, which in turn merged into chilly summer-but nothing ever, ever happened”

 Jessica Mitford, Author.

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“If your first Christmas tree is a wilting eucalyptus and if you’re normally troubled by heat and sand… then, to have just at the age when imagination is opening out, suddenly find yourself in a quiet Warwickshire village, I think it engenders a particular love of what you might call central Midlands English countryside. Based on good water, stones and elm trees and small quiet rivers and so on, and of course, rustic people about” 

J. R. R. Tolkien.

“What makes me really happy is a walk in the English countryside. A nice sunset, that British countryside — it means I’m home”

 Natalie Dormer, English Actress.

“I live in the English countryside, so I’m surrounded by magpies”

Kenneth Branagh, Irish Actor

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“Growing up in the English countryside, I feel like I’m in a Jane Austen novel when I walk around. I just feel comfortable and confident in those surroundings” 

Lily Collins, English Actress.

“As a little girl living in the English countryside, I used to go running around in the forests, creating my own fairy tale”

Lily Collins, English Actress.

“The English countryside is the most staggeringly beautiful place. I can’t spend as much time there as I like, but I like everything about it. I like fishing, I like clay-pigeon shooting”

  Guy Ritchie, British Film Director.

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“I grew up in the English countryside, raising ducks and chickens”

Jessica Henwick,

English Actress.

“If I’m in the English countryside and get on my bicycle, I see what sort of strange inbred rural locals I can snap”

Alexander Gilkes, British Businessman.

“We lived on a farm in the English countryside, where we wrote a lot of our music. You really were treated like an artist during those days — not like a product, which is now the mode”

Gary Wright, American Musician.

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He stood staring into the wood for a minute, then said:  “What is it about the English countryside — why is the beauty so much more than visual? Why does it touch one so?” He sounded faintly sad. Perhaps he finds beauty saddening — I do myself sometimes. Once when I was quite little I asked father why this was, and he explained that it was due to our knowledge of beauty’s evanescence, which reminds us that we ourselves shall die. Then he said I was probably too young to understand him, but I understood perfectly

 Dodie Smith, English Author.

in ‘I Capture the Castle’.

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Castle Combe, Cotswold


So, this is my selection of the famous English countryside quotes and I hope you have enjoyed them. If you’d like to know about some of the truly wonderful places in the English countryside, go to the following articles which have been recently published. These are helpful guides which make for great reading over a cuppa.

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