The total area of the United Kingdom is approximately 245,000 square kilometres (94,600 sq miles) comprising of the island of Great Britain, the northeastern one-sixth of the island of Ireland (Northern Ireland) and a number of smaller islands. It lies between the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea, coming within 35 kilometres (22 miles) of the northwest coast of France, from which it is separated by the English Channel
When measured directly north-south, Great Britain is a little over 1,100 kilometres (700 miles) in length and is a fraction under 500 kilometres (300 miles) at its widest, but the greatest distance between two points is 1,350 kilometres (840 miles) between Land's End in Cornwall and John o' Groats in Caithness. Northern Ireland shares a 360 kilometres (224 miles) land boundary with the Republic of Ireland
The United Kingdom has a temperate climate, with plentiful rainfall all year round. The temperature varies with the seasons but seldom drops below −10 °C (14 °F) or rises above 35 °C (95 °F). The prevailing wind is from the southwest, bearing frequent spells of mild and wet weather from the Atlantic Ocean. Eastern parts are most sheltered from this wind and are the driest. Atlantic currents, warmed by the Gulf Stream, bring mild winters, especially in the west, where winters are wet, especially over high ground. Summers are warmest in the south east of England, being closest to the European mainland, and coolest in the north. Snowfall can occur in winter and early spring, though it rarely settles to great depth away from high ground
Within CS, for the purposes of structure, search and statistics etc, the United Kingdom is treated as a single ‘country’. Obviously, this is not entirely true, but we have learned to live with it ;o) Each of the actual countries are treated as ‘areas’ or ‘provinces’ and each of these has their own group too, included as a sub-group of the United Kingdom group. The City groups are all included in these sib-groups, and this is where you will find information and resources on more local activities and events
There is much more to the UK than its cities. For those who are looking for something out of the city centres, why not have a look at the RURAL COUCHSURFING IRELAND AND BRITAIN Group http://www.couchsurfing.org/group.html?gid=18791.
and the fledgling rural couchsurfing map here: http://goo.gl/maps/9bX6d
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Created: Aug 15, 2004
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