Northumberland is the most tranquil county in England. London is the least tranquil place, according to a new map published by the Campaign to Protect Rural England. (From) The Independent
The five most important components of tranquility listed by the CPRE are, in order, a natural landscape, the sound of birdsong, the absence of man-made noise, woodland, and a clear view of the night stars.
The five phenomena that do most to destroy tranquility , are constant traffic noise, crowds, ugly urban development, light pollution and human noise.
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