Based next to the Peterborough Nene Valley Railway (NVR) Station, Railworld is an award-winning volunteer project that spans both sides of the River Nene. It has a 1,500 sq ft Garden Railway, an amazing indoor 7 track ‘OO’ gauge Model Railway, plus the Wildlife Haven: primarily a habitat creation programme, with ponds, waterfalls, nature trails, places to view and picnic. There is also a big screen cinema featuring railway and wildlife films and images throughout the day.
Facilities – at a glance
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open Mar-Nov, weekends & school hols 11-4. Always check website before visiting
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About the area
To the west of East Anglia is Cambridgeshire, a county best known as the home to the university that makes up the second half of ‘Oxbridge’ (the other half is Oxford). As well as its globally renowned educational credentials, it also has a rich natural history; much of its area is made up of reclaimed or untouched fens. These are low-lying areas which are marshy and prone to flooding. The lowest point in the UK is at Holme Fen, which is some 9 feet (2.75 metres) below sea level. Some of the fens had been drained before, but it was in the 19th and 20th centuries that wide-spread, successful drainage took place, expanding the amount of arable and inhabitable land available.
Ely Cathedral was built on an island among the swampy fens, but now sits among acres of productive farmland, albeit farmland criss-crossed by miles of flood-preventing watercourses. Oliver Cromwell was born in Ely, and his family home can still be visited. Cambridge itself is a beautiful and historic city, with any number of impressive old buildings, churches and colleges, and plenty of chances to mess about on the River Cam which gave the city its name.
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