The UK is only a small nation, but it has a lot to offer. From beautiful mountain ranges, national parks and quaint countryside, to glorious beaches in the summertime, which rival anything that California has to offer (well, maybe?) Some things you may not know about the towns and landscape:
- Great Britain is a political term referring to the three nations on the island – England, Scotland and Wales; the phrase is often incorrectly used instead of United Kingdom (UK) which refers to Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Be careful not to blur the boundaries of UK/Britain/England. Some people can be quite sensitive to being presumed ‘English’ when they are in fact British.
- The Lake District in the North of England has many scenic views and pockets of water. However, it is not widely known that there is only one official lake, Bassenthwaite, the other ‘lakes’ are officially classified waters, tarns, reservoirs or meres. Either way, bring a boat if you want to explore them.
- If you want an escape on this small isle, the deepest cave in the UK is Ogof Ffynnon Ddu in Powys, Wales, which is 308 m (1,010 ft) deep. It may be difficult to pronounce but it’s probably much easier to fall down it than climb the highest mountain, Ben Nevis, in Scotland at 1,343m (4,406 ft).
- Even more difficult to roll off the tongue is a town in Wales, which is called Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (we’re working on a nickname). Britain is known for having long place names, the city with the shortest name is Ely.
- Size-wise, Great Britain has an area that is 243,820 km2. That is smaller than the US state Oregon (255,026 km2) and could fit into Australia (7,617,930 km2) more than 30 times. Think how many times over we’d fit into Russia (17,098,242 km2)!