Spectator readers are known for their views — fierce, funny, original. Now we want not only your opinions, but your visual views as well. This week’s magazine features Sam Leith’s lovely review of Simon Jenkins’ wonderful book, ‘England’s 100 Best Views’. What are your favourite views, from these shores and beyond? Send them to us. Also, don’t forget we’re canvassing your viewpoint with our Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize — the £2,000 award for unconventional travel writing. Only three more weeks till that competition closes.
To kick off our reader photo spree, we thought we’d give you some views of our own.
The photo above shows editor Fraser Nelson’s favourite view, Eilean Donan Castle on Loch Duich. Fraser says: ‘We Highlanders have a great many stunning views to choose from; this is perhaps, for me, the most emotional. It’s an iconic image of Scotland: the bridge, the loch, the glen. Not nearly as old as it looks, but it’s almost as if the architect wanted to create the perfect vista, the image most likely to pull at the heartstrings of Scots. You see this driving from the Isle of Skye. It leaves you in no doubt that you’re in God’s country.’
Our Coffee House editor Isabel Hardman’s view is of Coniston Water in Cumbria, where she spent a late autumn holiday last year. ‘Everyone clearly thought the Lakes in November would be a stupid idea, so we had a whole week of clear weather and empty fells to trudge over for hours, setting the world to rights. There was a slightly awkward half an hour of wading knee-deep through an icy bog, determined to find a footpath that clearly only exists in the summer. But I’ve never had a lovelier, or quieter, holiday.’
For Spectator Australia‘s editor Tom Switzer, ‘The views of Sydney Harbour at day and night are the world’s most spectacular.