England - East England

    

One of the nine official regions of the country is the East of England, formally established in 1994. This region includes the following major counties:

• Essex (home to the highest number of residents in the region)
• Hertfordshire
• Bedfordshire
• Cambridgeshire
• Norfolk
• Suffolk

 


Its busiest urban areas (in terms of population and development) are:

• Peterborough
• Luton
• Southend-on-Sea

The East of England is one of the flattest regions in the country in terms of its topography. The highest point (which remains unnamed) peaks at less than 300 metres above sea level, while the lowest point (Holme Fen) dips to three metres below sea level. The East of England is situated directly to the north of London, making it accessible to tourists from all over England and the world.

Image of Sheringham Park, North Norfolk
Clouds blowing quickly across the sky creating bands of shade and sunlight
on the grass at Sheringham Park, North Norfolk. The sea and Weybourne
Mill can just be seen in the far distance.

Before 1994, the East of England was represented by an area called East Anglia, which excluded the counties of Bedfordshire, Essex and Hertfordshire. The counties were, at that time, part of the formal region of the South East. Due to its history, the eastern parts of the region continue to be known as East Anglia.

By the time that the weather fronts and low pressure systems come from the Atlantic Ocean, across the rest of England and to the East of England, they have lost much of their moisture and strength. Therefore, it remains one of the country’s driest areas. Its geographical positioning also causes summers to be quite humid and, sometimes, even uncomfortable. The climatic conditions are also affected by the region’s nearness to the rest of Europe.

Despite its close proximity to the bustling epicentre of London, the East of England has maintained its charming rural appeal. Vast expanses of jade-coloured farms and grazing livestock set the scene for this beautiful area. The Broads, a system of rivers and lakes throughout the district, are another natural lure as these untouched waterways meander through the scene.


The East of England is home to the largest group of cathedrals in the entire country. Some of these include Ely Cathedral, Chelmsford Cathedral, Lincoln Cathedral, Norwich Cathedral, Peterborough Cathedral and St Albans Cathedral. These haunting remnants tell of a rich heritage and cultural import. In addition, there are a number of natural parks and reserves in which an abundance of plant- and animal life resides.

The East of England benefits from having its own coastline, which has proven to be most attractive to water sports enthusiasts from the world over. Combined with the inland waterways, this region is ideal for exploration on sailboats.

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