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A British geography quiz you can do in the car

  • 9 August 2014
  • From the section Magazine

How much do you actually know about Britain? Test your geography knowledge with these 20 quick questions.

1) Which is further west - Bristol or Edinburgh?

2) Coton in the Elms in Derbyshire is the furthest place from the coast - how far away is it?

1. 50 miles

2. 70 miles

3. 110 miles

4. 250 miles

3) How many deer live in the UK?

1. About 100,000

2. About 2m

3. About 9m

4. About 13m

4) How much of the UK is woodland?

1. 1.2%

2. 4.8%

3. 12.7%

4. 21.9%

5) Which has the largest population?

1. Newcastle upon Tyne

2. The London Borough of Croydon

3. The Borough of Reading

4. Milton Keynes

6) How many counties border Wales?

1. Two

2. Four

3. Eight

7) Which is the wettest city in the UK?

1. Glasgow

2. Liverpool

3. Manchester

4. Belfast

8) What percentage of people in the UK live in a town or city?

1. 50%

2. 80%

3. 99%

9) Which is the longest bridge?

1. The Humber Bridge

2. The Tamar Bridge

3. The Sec­ond Sev­ern Crossing

4. The Menai Bridge

10) Which is the longest motorway?

1. M6

2. M1

3. M5

11) How many acres does Spaghetti Junction cover?

1. 2 acres

2. 10 acres

3. 30 acres

4. 60 acres

12) Which is the UK's longest river?

1. River Avon

2. River Severn

3. River Thames

4. River Clyde

13) Put Belfast, Cardiff, London and Edinburgh in descending order of population size.

14) Southend-on-Sea in Essex has the UK's longest pier. How long is it?

1. 297 metres

2. 987 metres

3. 2,158 metres

4. 4,967 metres

15) What percentage of the UK is used for agriculture according to 2012 government figures?

1. 90%

2. 70%

3. 40%

4. 10%

16) How many islands are there on the river Thames?

1. About 20

2. About 110

3. About 190

4. About 420

17) Which is Britain's most easterly town?

1. Lowestoft

2. Margate

3. Felixstowe

4. Whitby

18) What are Grey Friar and Cat Bells?

1. Fells

2. Farms

3. Waterfalls

4. Streams

19) Which is the UK's smallest city by population?

1. Bangor

2. St David's

3. St Albans

4. Truro

20) Name four Channel Islands.

Answers

1) Edinburgh - despite it being on the east coast of Scotland, it is more westerly than Bristol, in the south-west of England.

2) It's 70 miles away.

3) About 2 million, according to the RSPCA.

4) It's 12.7%.

5) The London Borough of Croydon is the largest - with a population of 364,800.

6) Four - Cheshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire.

7) Glasgow is the wettest city on average, according to the Met Office

8) It's 80%.

9) The Sec­ond Sev­ern Crossing longest bridge. The Humber is the longest suspension bridge.

10) The M6, at 225 miles long.

11) It's 30 acres.

12) River Severn is the longest - at 220 miles (354km). The River Thames slightly shorter at 215 miles (346km).

13) London is the largest at about 8.3m, Edinburgh is about 487,500, Cardiff has about 346,000, Belfast has about 280,962

14) It's 2,158 metres.

15) It's 70%.

16) About 190.

17) Lowestoft.

18) They are fells.

19) St David's in Pembrokeshire, Wales, is the smallest city, with a population of just over 1,600.

20) You could have had Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, Sark, Herm, Jethou or Brecqhou