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Blue John Mines, Peak District

The Blue John Cavern in the Peak District is a series of caverns considered to be the finest range in Great Britain. Blue John is Britain’s rarest mineral first discovered at Castleton by the Romans almost 2000 years ago. And are the worlds only known deposits of this extremely rare and beautiful stone. During excavations at Pompeii two vases of Blue John Stone were supposedly unearthed, evidence therefore that the Romans not only discovered the stone but also appreciated it for its ornamental value. The Blue John Cavern is home to 8 of the 14 known veins of this beautiful mineral. The semi-precious mineral “Blue John” or “Derbyshire Spar” is mined from this cave. Although the cavern works as a show cave, the mineral is still worked outside the tourist season. The miners who work the remaining seams act as guides for the underground tours.

Official Website : www.bluejohn-cavern.co.uk

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Castles

Castles were first built in England during the Norman Conquest in the 11th century as fortifications. There are many hundreds of castles throughout England some in good repair whilst others have all but completely disappeared other than a few stones to mark the spot.

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England has many lakes spread out over the whole of the country but the most famous must be the Lake District which draws around 16 million visitors each year to admire the beauty of the countryside around the lakesides. Lake Windermere is England’s largest lake.

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The National Parks of England are quite diverse but all have in common one thing and that is their beauty. From the windswept reaches of Dartmoor and Exmoor to the mountains and lakes of the Lake District or the ancient, peaceful tranquility of the New Forest all are worthy of a visit.

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