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Note: I have been providing desktop wallpaper on this website for 19 years. My wife and I are now both aged 76, but, now that coronavirus infections and deaths have diminished considerably in the UK, we have managed a few holidays so far this year. Updates are currently intermittent, but each new wallpaper now has a link to the equivalent downloadable jigsaws (3 sizes). There are 180 desktop wallpapers on these pages and seasonal desktop wallpaper each day as 'Picture of the Day' from previous holidays. I hope that you enjoy viewing and using these.

North Landing, Flamborough, East Yorkshire
(Posted 31st July 2021 : Click the picture for full-size desktop wallpaper)
North Landing is a small, picturesque beach situated in a natural cove on the north side of the Flamborough headland in East Yorkshire. It has sea caves, and is the smallest of four beaches in this seaside village. The side of the headland is exposed to the northerly winds and the walk down to the beach is steep and may be difficult for those with mobility problems, but worth the walk if you are able. North Landing is a popular spot for walking, snorkelling and kayaking and is surrounded by white cliffs which are popular with nesting seabirds. There are cormorants, kittiwakes, razorbills and puffins between late March and July, with peak viewing in May and June. The beach was used as the backdrop for Walmington Beach in the 2016 re-make of Dad's Army.
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North Landing, Flamborough, East Yorkshire
North Landing, Flamborough, East Yorkshire

Smithills Hall, Bolton - Greater Manchester
(Posted 24th July 2021 : Click the picture for full-size desktop wallpaper)
Smithills Hall, Bolton - Greater Manchester
Smithills Hall, Bolton
Greater Manchester
Smithills Hall is a Grade I listed manor house, set in land on the edge of the West Pennine Moors, near Bolton in Greater Manchester. It is one of the oldest and best-preserved manor houses in the northwest of England with the oldest parts dating from the 15th century. The buildings include Tudor and Victorian wings, in addition to the Medieval Hall, and a private Chapel. The property is now owned by the people of Bolton through their Council with whom the Friends of Smithills Hall work in partnership and is open to the public. Admission is free (2021). The name Smithills derives from Old English and means smooth hill. The Hall was once owned by Sir Ralph Radcliffe, High Sheriff of Lancashire from 1384 - 1387 and twice MP for Lancashire. There are 120 acres of gardens, with formal gardens around the hall.
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Semerwater, Raydale : North Yorkshire
(Posted 4th July 2021 : Click the picture for full-size desktop wallpaper)
Semerwater, south of Askrigg in Raydale is the second largest natural lake in North Yorkshire, with Malham Tarn being the largest. The lake is opposite the River Bain, is half a mile (800 m) long and covers 100 acres (0.40 km2). The area is remote and beautiful and was the subject of several sketches and paintings by the artist J.M.W. Turner. The name Semerwater was first recorded in 1153 and derives from the Old English elements sæ 'lake', mere 'lake' and water. The lake is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, first notified in 1975. According to an old legend, Semerwater was once occupied by a prosperous city. One night an old man came down to the city, in search of food and drink. He went from door to door, and at each house he was turned away. Finally, he came to the hovel of a poor couple just outside the town. The couple took him in and treated him with great kindness. The old man cursed the town, and the legend was the subject of a poem, The Ballad of Semerwater, by Sir William Watson.
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Semerwater - North Yorkshire
Semerwater - North Yorkshire

DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
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Native bluebells near Caulkerbush, Dumfries and Galloway
Threave Garden : Dumfries & Galloway
Native bluebells near Caulkerbush, Dumfries and Galloway
Loch Arthur - Beeswing : Dumfries and Galloway

NORTH AYRSHIRE
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Eglinton Country Park - Kilwinning, in North Ayrshire
Eglinton Castle : Kilwinning in North Ayrshire
Portencross Harbour, North Ayrshire
Boydston Shore : Ardrossan, North Ayrshire

'STAYING LOCAL' - IN WHITWORTH, ROSSENDALE
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Open moorland, a few hundred yards from our home in Whitworth, Rossendale
Pine cones and needles - Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth, Rossendale
A friendly local, on the wild moors at Whitworth, Rossendale
Lone tree - Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth, Rossendale

RURAL CANAL & RIVER SCENES FROM THE COUNTY OF CHESHIRE
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Sunrise at Whatcroft Flash, Trent & Mersey Canal, Cheshire
Ducklings at Broken Cross, Rudheath, on the Trent and Mersey Canal - Cheshire
The River Weaver, Cheshire
Sunset at Whatcroft Flash, Trent & Mersey Canal, Cheshire

WALLINGTON GARDEN - NORTHUMBERLAND
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Wallington Garden near Cambo in Northumberland
Fungi at Wallington Garden, a National Trust property in Northumberland
A lakeside walk to Wallington's walled garden
Autumn colours at Wallington Garden, 12 miles from Morpeth in Northumberland


THE HOLY ISLAND OF LINDISFARNE - NORTHUMBERLAND
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Lindisfarne Castle - the Holy Island of Lindisfarne
The Gertrude Jekyll Garden and Lindisfarne Castle
Lindisfarne Boat Sheds and Lindisfarne Castle
St. Cuthbert's Island viewed from Lindisfarne

CUMBRIA
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The ruins of Frith Hall, viewed from Long Garth Farm, Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria
Tarn Hows, Lake District National Park, Cumbria
Sizergh Castle Gardens, Cumbria
Windermere viewed from the Brockhole Visitor Centre, Cumbria

DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
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Clatteringshaws Loch - Dumfries and Galloway
Threave Garden, Castle Douglas - Dumfries and Galloway
The River Cree, Newton Stewart - Dumfries and Galloway
Thistles (village of Parton) Dumfries and Galloway

THE NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDEN OF WALES
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The National Botanic Garden of Wales - the Great Glasshouse and fountain
Protea plants in the Great Glasshouse
Herbaceous borders (rhododendron - 'Pink Gin')
The Japanese Garden : National Botanic Garden of Wales

SPRING AT PENRHYN CASTLE - GWYNEDD
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Penrhyn Castle and native primroses
Tulips in the upper walled garden at Penrhyn Castle
Gunnera plants in the jungle like bog garden at Penrhyn Castle
Native bluebells - Penrhyn Castle

TYNE & WEAR
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Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
Roker Beach Marina, Sunderland
The Penshaw Monument (The Earl of Durham's Monument)
Souter Lighthouse (Marsden : South Shields)

A WINTER WALK ROUND COWM RESERVOIR - WHITWORTH
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Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth, Rossendale in the South Pennines
Nursery rhyme ".... two little ducks went swimming one day ... " Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth
A duck watching sheepdog at Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth
First signs of spring - Catkins at Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth

LAKELAND WINTER
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Ennerdale Water - Cumbria
Wastwater- Cumbria
Windermere - Wray Castle, Cumbria
Tarn Hows - Cumbria

CHRISTMAS WALLPAPER
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Gordon Rigg Garden Centre - Walsden, West Yorkshire
The Apothecary, Haworth - West Yorkshire
Selby Abbey - North Yorkshire
Howden Minster - East Riding of Yorkshire

NORFOLK
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Horsey Windpump - Norfolk
Duke of Wellington Statue at Norwich Cathedral
Happisburgh Lighthouse
Wroxham - Norfolk
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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.

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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.

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