Magazine article Geographical

England's 100 Best Views

Magazine article Geographical

England's 100 Best Views

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ENGLAND'S 100 BEST VIEWS

by Simon Jenkins

Profile Books, hb, 25 [pounds sterling]

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The history of civilisation is 'a search for a community of terms', writes Simon Jenkins, challenging the notion that 'beauty' is necessarily subjective. Human responses to landscapes can be instinctive, he says: some evolutionists claim we're hardwired to welcome open, expansive views, a reaction rooted in Homo sapiens' survival instinct--open grassland allows us to spot predators. So, allowing for certain biases of his own ('I cannot rejoice at grim spruce plantations'), Jenkins is hopeful that his selection of the country's most beautiful views will find general approbation.

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It's certainly wide-ranging, even if spruce plantations don't get a look-in. Jenkins can find pleasure in both the wild and the tame, and his inclusions range from the 'X-cert' Hartland Quay, whose vicious rocks and angry seas present nature at its most irritable, to the civilised pleasures of Little Bredy, combining a cricket field with the wonderfully named Heart Clump Wood. …

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