American writer Bill Bryson's love of the English countryside has been recognised with an award for his efforts to preserve the landscape.
The Outdoor Writers' and Photographers' Guild has conferred its annual Eagle award on the author, who is chairman for the Campaign to Protect Rural England.
Walkers using their Ordnance Survey maps
would have seen the entire countryside marked as national park had Bryson got his way, noted guild president Roly Smith.
He said this suggestion - made during the campaign to make the South Downs a national park - was "perhaps" the best example of how "Bill's love for the British countryside is second to none".
Bill Bryson did formerly live in one national park, residing near Malham in the Yorkshire Dales before moving to his current home in Norfolk.
While the whole of England is not about to become a national park, the Dales is set to expand, subject to the secretary of state agreeing Natural England's plans to add Leck Fell, the Orton Fells and the northern Howgills to the designated area.