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The southeast region cocoons the country's wealthy elite in a web of rolling agricultural fields and chalk downs. Its combination of beauty, history and proximity to London makes it popular with visitors and it is here that traditional England is at its most impressive. Quaint villages, rickety old pubs, castles, cathedral cities, great historic houses and kitsch seaside resorts combine with a dynamism and development which belies its centuries-old appearance. The region encapsulates the counties of Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire and West and East Sussex, and most of it can be visited on day trips ...

The southeast region cocoons the country's wealthy elite in a web of rolling agricultural fields and chalk downs. Its combination of beauty, history and proximity to London makes it popular with visitors and it is here that traditional England is at its most impressive. Quaint villages, rickety old pubs, castles, cathedral cities, great historic houses and kitsch seaside resorts combine with a dynamism and development which belies its centuries-old appearance. The region encapsulates the counties of Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire and West and East Sussex, and most of it can be visited on day trips from London making it both accessible and very convenient. Although it's the most populated part of the country, gentle walking and cycling opportunities still abound in places such as New Forest, an ancient swathe of heath and woodlands. The spectacular coastline, consisting of castles, fortified ports and dramatic cliffs, was once England's first line of defense against attack. Much of this era can still be seen today in places such as Portsmouth, with its historic dockyards and captivating maritime history.

Alan Murphy
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Alan Murphy is coauthor of Lonely Planet's Britain, Scotland, India and North India. He has been writing and updating travel guidebooks for the past 12 years.

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  • Location: Southern Most Region of England, Located to the East
  • Language: English, Irish (Gaelic), Welsh
  • Currency: Pound Sterling
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
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