Photo of Countryside near Shap, Cumbria

Scenic travel photos of England, Scotland, and Wales

by , Photographer / Editor

Featuring our favourite photos from our travels throughout England, Scotland, and Wales. We got up before dawn and stayed out late to photograph the most historic sites and the most stunning scenery in Britain, just for you.

Archived Images

More images: Barsalloch Point, Dumfries and Galloway >>

Countryside near Shap, Cumbria

License this image for your own use

Countryside near Shap, Cumbria
Lake District - Shap, Cumbria, England
Photo location map

About the photo:

The small village of Shap is located on the eastern edge of the Lake District. A mile to the west of the village is Shap Abbey, the remains of a medieval abbey set in wonderful countryside beside the River Lowther. I had been photographing the abbey ruins in the late afternoon sunlight, when I looked the other way, away from the abbey, and saw this idyllic view of an old bridge and the country lane snaking away through beautiful countryside.

Save this image as Desktop wallpaper for your computer - free!*

Choose from these Common monitor resolutions:
800x600 - 1024x768 - 1600x1200 - 1920x1200

A note for Mac users

RIGHT-CLICK on the image size you want to use, and select 'Save link As ...' (The exact wording may vary according to your browser). Choose a location on your computer to save the image, 'My Pictures' is a good choice in Windows XP. Other operating systems will have a similar folder. Remember where you saved the image! Now right click on your Desktop.

In Windows XP choose Properties > Desktop > Browse and select the image you just downloaded. In current Mac versions just right click on the desktop and select Change Desktop Background ...

Did you miss a daily image? Don't despair, check out our Archived Images. All images are available as free computer desktop wallpaper in a variety of common sizes.

* Free means free for your own personal use. If you like our wallpaper images pass them on to your friends (and tell your friends where you got them!). You may not sell our images or use them for any commercial purposes without obtaining prior licensing approval. C'mon! Be nice!

Monitor resolution, or 'how can I tell what size image I need to use to fit my monitor?'

While we can't give instructions for every operating system, here's how to determine your monitor resolution in Windows XP and Mac OSX.

Windows XP - right click anywhere on your desktop. A menu will pop up. Choose 'Properties' from the menu. A window with several tabs will pop up. Click on the 'Settings' tab. Look at the numbers under the Screen Resolution slider. That's your current setting.

Mac OSX - click on System Preferences, then Displays, then the Display Tab (should be showing by default). Your current resolution will be highlighted.

Images are set to a gamma of 2.2, which is pretty much industry standard for image display and printing. The only trouble is that Mac monitors generally have a gamma set to 1.8 by default, which means that images MAY appear slightly washed out, or show colours not quite as intended. You can reset your monitor's gamma easily on a Mac. Do a simple search for 'reset gamma Mac' on Google. And in case anyone thinks we're putting Mac users second, let me reassure you that we use both Macs and Windows machines at Britain Express!

Image is © David Ross

Attraction search
Featured Historic Hotel
17th Century Orton Hall

17th Century Orton Hall

Orton Hall is a superb Jacobean Mansion built in 1662 standing in 7 acres of its own mature parkland. We have 3 suites, each with its own unique charm. All … more >>


Name the Historic attraction

Name the mystery historic attraction
See larger image

British History Quiz

This Christian missionery served as the first Archbishop of Canterbury


This Day in British History

22 October, 1877

Blantyre mining disaster

The worst mining accident in Scottish history hit the Blantyre Colliery, killing 207 miners. The company evicted the surviving families from their cottages 6 months later.

Monarch Mayhem

This king erected memorials to mark places where his beloved wife's body rested on her final journey to burial in London


National Trust

National Trust membership

National Trust membership

Free entry to National Trust properties throughout England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, plus discounted admission to National Trust for Scotand properties.

Membership details

About the National Trust

Passionate about British Heritage!