If you love Eng­land, the English coun­try­side, English his­tory and English cus­toms and tra­di­tions, you will not want to be without the lat­est edi­tion of Ex­plore Eng­land.

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High­lights in­clude:

• TRANS­PORTS OF DE­LIGHT: We pay a visit to the Ox­ford Bus Mu­seum, where ex­hibits such as a pre­served horse- drawn tram, mo­tor buses, coaches and a wide se­lec­tion of arte­facts re­call travel in days gone by. Clas­sic Mor­ris cars and 40 vin­tage bi­cy­cles are also on dis­play.

• NORTHUM­BER­LAND’S CROWN­ING GLO­RIES: Cel­e­brat­ing the climb and spec­tac­u­lar views from the county’s high­est peaks of Che­viot and Hedge­hope.

• FOTHERINGHAY’S PLACE IN ROYAL HIS­TORY: This tiny Northamp­ton­shire vil­lage, site of a for­mer cas­tle, boasts a wealth of royal his­tory in­clud­ing the birth of Richard III and the ex­e­cu­tion of Mary, Queen of Scots. We go on a jour­ney of dis­cov­ery.

• WEL­COME TO ELY: A long- time res­i­dent takes us on a tour of the his­toric cathe­dral city, whose mag­nifi cent ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal struc­ture dom­i­nates views of the fen­land coun­try­side for miles around. An­nual events in­clude fes­ti­vals de­voted to ap­ples ( in­clud­ing a long­est ap­ple- peel­ing com­pe­ti­tion!) and plough­ing with horses.

• ENG­LAND’S WORLD HER­ITAGE SITES: From the Derwent Val­ley Mills in Der­byshire and Stud­ley Royal Park in York­shire, to Iron­bridge Gorge in Shrop­shire and Stone­henge in Wilt­shire, there are 20 places in Eng­land recog­nised by UNESCO for their great beauty and his­toric im­por­tance. We look at what makes them so spe­cial.

As in pre­vi­ous years there is a use­ful re­gion- by- re­gion sec­tion pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion about places to visit in each county, a use­ful diary of events and nu­mer­ous other il­lus­trated fea­tures.

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