Currency: British pound
Size: 50,346 square miles (130,395 square kilometers) - about the size of Louisiana
Border countries: Scotland and Wales
National tourist office: www.enjoyengland.com
At a glance
England's incredibly rich history has impacted much of the world through the far reaches of its former empire. A visit to the storied island offers a glimpse at its history and traditions through ancient villages, medieval castles, prehistoric structures, and leading museums. Such a history is set alongside the vibrant, ever-evolving British culture, making it one of the most diverse places in the world. London attracts millions of visitors a year, while its famed universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, draw exchange students from around the world.
Combined with its history and appeal, is the beautiful English countryside that has romanticized and immortalized by great Western writers for centuries. Its lovely meadows, hills, and lakes are dotted with quaint villages that seem frozen in time.
Why cyclists love it
An England bike tour is a great way to experience the lovely and diverse countryside of the British Isles. Costal areas feature dramatic cliffs and charming seaside villages, while the inland counties are home to grazing pastures and green farmland divided by neat hedges. Its rolling hills make for pleasant and leisurely cycling. The Lake District in northern England, which is associated with the writings of William Wordsworth, offers spectacular vistas and more challenging bike routes. Contrary to popular belief, England has lovely weather for bike with mild springs and summers.
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Whether it is watching the sun setting over the rolling hills or rising on Broadway's high street, you will not want to leave this idyllic region. The Cotswolds is an area pretty much universally renowned as beautiful and essentially English.
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Cycle alongside the famous Roman Hadrian's Wall and into the English Lake District and through the Pennine Hills to Newcastle.
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