England's green and pleasant land
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Image captured in the Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK, looking southwest towards Sheen Hill and the Dove valley This very traditional landscape is not only quintessentially English, it is also typical of this beautiful region. The dry-stone walls marking the boundaries of tiny parcels of land, the traditional field barn built from the same local stone (carboniferous limestone) as the walls, the extensive pasture land (almost no arable farming here), the gravel strewn green lane winding its way into the valley below, and the scattering of native trees just beginning to turn in the early Autumn sun. These are the pleasant pastures green in which William Blake would have revelled. How ironic that this region with its deep dales and tumbling rivers was to be the birthplace of the ‘dark satanic mills’ he so feared and loathed. The mills, however, have long since fallen silent, and this wonderful landscape remains intact and beautiful.