Prominent chalk hills, in places forming a distinct edge, elsewhere incised by dry valleys to create a rounded rolling landform. Often well wooded with long distance views, this is a large scale landscape with an ordered pattern of fields and woodlands
This is a relatively simple landscape comprising extensive areas of conifer plantations, arable land and some remnant heaths, reflecting the underlying sandy soils. Scots Pine shelterbelts and 'pine lines' are defining characteristics.
This is a well settled, low lying landscape which is often crossed by major river corridors. The high density of settlement, intensive agriculture and major transport infrastructure mean that this is often a busy, rural landscape.
A flat, low lying and sparsely populated landscape characterised by dark peaty soils, a grid like pattern of large arable fields bounded by drainage ditches and wide views to distant, often dramatic skies.
A dynamic coastal landscape comprising extensive natural habitats of saltmarsh and intertidal mudflats. A natural landscape where human influence occurs in the form of recreation, fishing activity, or sea defences.
Settled, chalk valley landscapes, distinguished by their soft, rounded and sometimes steeply sloping topography. There is a good balance of woodland and farmland, with distinctive vernacular style villages and associated parklands.
A distinctively flat and intensively farmed open arable landscape, with a densely settled character of towns and villages expressing periods of past wealth in stone buildings and churches. Tree cover is restricted to small shelterbelts and orchards.
Flat, low lying valley floors supporting a pastoral land use, associated with notable watercourses/rivers. Generally unsettled, with occasional areas of carr woodland and gravel extraction lakes, or ancient meres.
Steep sided, wooded valleys which penetrate the surrounding upland plateau, becoming shallower with only seasonal watercourses in their upper parts. Larger valleys have permanent watercourses, often associated with river meadows.
Elevated wooded ridges (sometimes steeply sloping) with notable areas of mixed woodland and also areas of arable farmland. Underlying geology gives rise to distinctive vegetation and a textured appearance.
A gently rolling, elevated arable landscape with ancient woodland blocks and small, nuclear villages. Often an open landscape with long distance views, although woodland contains views particularly around settlements.