Despite that its all relative. Its never that rural in southern or central England.
"Rural" isn't the same as "wilderness", you know
In the Weald - the area between the North and South Downs, there are miles and miles of unpopulated or very low populated countryside. It's a bit of a myth that the South is 'full' - if you go to the coast it is very busy, but you only need to cross the Downs and, with the odd exception like Crawley/Gatwick Airport, you are in some of the nicest countryside you can find anywhere.
I used to live in a village, travelled the world, lived in big cities and would love to live back in a small village again. Unfortunately the small village I grew up in is now a small town and most people have moved out that I grew up with. Whenever I work away I always try to find a B&B or pub with rooms in a village, so much more enriching than a Premier Inn!
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