East of England is one of the least populated areas of England, but also one of the most beautiful. It’s mostly flat with miles of quiet sandy beaches. The water across is kind of Belgium & Netherlands area. Actually it resembles Holland with its marshy bogs, fens and windmills. Very pretty indeed. There are a few cities an towns. But mostly this is basking seals and canal boats down the Broads.
- Bedfordshire is a small mostly rural county, not far from London. The land is flat, mostly within the beautiful Chiltern Hills, although there are few urban areas (the best known is Luton Airport). Bedford has the highest ratio of Italians, a throwback to immigration of the last World War.
- Cambridgeshire is a mostly rural county, outside of Cambridge, Ely and Peterborough (one of England’s greenest cities). This is home to the Fens, marshy fertile wetlands fed by rainfall, where most of our food is grown.
- Lincolnshire is on the northeast coastline, with one of the best expanses of sandy shores in England. At breeding time, you’ll find thousands of seals in these parts (leave them alone, and keep dogs safely away). As one of the few counties without a motorway, local shops thrive as there are no gateways for lorries to thunder down from supermarket warehouses.
- Norfolk is a flat and sparsely populated county. The Norfolk Broads (a series of man-made wetlands that are popular with holiday makers and wildlife) is accompanied by miles of sandy beach walks and plenty of windmills. Even the pretty seaside resorts like Cromer don’t get swamped in summer.
- Suffolk is just south of Norfolk and just as pretty. Again there are wide sandy beach, pastel-coloured beach huts and the equally lovely Suffolk Broads. A county of contrasts: from seaside holiday ports like Felixstowe to inland countryside. Constable’s The Hay Wain painting is set here.