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  • n. Plural form of downland.


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  • Her 2007 album White Chalk found her haunting British downlands, while her new one explores the idea of England.

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  • You can see some of that complexity recouped in Ravilious's 1939 painting The Vale of the White Horse, in which the chalk downlands of southern England have been simplified into rolls of colour, atop which sits the abstraction of the ancient cut-out horse.

    Watercolour at Tate Britain - review

  • Crossing the Ridgeway, the country opens up to reveal a spectacular view across rolling downlands, to the Vale of the White Horse.

    Enjoy the Ride

  • In the Ruin we have to be careful in valleys and downlands.

    Rot & Ruin

  • The way home lay across country, through deep little lanes where the late foxgloves sat seriously, like sad hounds; over open downlands, rough with gorse and ling, and through pocketed hollows of bracken and trees.

    The Trespasser

  • She drove to the Smugglers Inn at Osmington Mill, to the east of Dorchester, which had been built in the thir­teenth century, beside a stream, in a cleft between two swooping downlands that rose to meet the spectacular Jurassic cliffs of the Dorset coast.

    Disordered Minds

  • He tossed his head with pleasure and trotted jauntily up the rutted access to the downlands which spread for fifty miles east to west across central southern England - from the Chilterns to Salisbury Plain.

    To The Hilt

  • In winter the wild-fowling in the marshes was varied and exciting, but there 117 was hunting to be had as well, deer and boar, in the rolling country to the eastward, or among the wooded slopes that rose towards the downlands in the south.

    The Wicked Day

  • And though both the Israeli and the Egyptian had official engagements in this general area at midday, one on Salisbury Plain and the other at Portland, these woodlands struck him as being even less suitable than the open downlands.

    The Alamut Ambush

  • Farther away, and only just visible over the downlands that separated it from the Vale, was Great Chipping, the largest town in that part of Dorset.

    Overture to Death


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