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Bekonscot Model Village and Railway, Buckinghamshire

The pretty little village of Bekonscot is situated in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire and although there are plenty of houses and shops and even a regular train service no-one actually lives here! why not? It is in fact a model village and is the oldest original model village in the world. Bekonscot was first created by Roland Callingham(1881-1961), in the 1920s and portrays aspects of England dating mostly from the 1930s. Since 1978 the village has been run by the Church Army and donates large amounts of money to charity.There are six model villages set within the miniture landscape and the whole site is approximately two acres of which just over half is a miniture. Besides the houses and quirkily named shops there are castles, Windmills, Trams, Pier, Cable Car, Fishing Port, Coal Mine and a model Railway. The Railway is possibly the largest public garden railway in the U.K at ten scale miles. Some of the trains and equipment dates back to the 1930s and is still in daily use.Some of the trains have been running for 50 years each covering about 2,000 miles per year.

Official Website : www.bekonscot.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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