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Rope making equipment in the cave mouth, looking out.
Castleton, England

Peak Cavern's Rope Factory

Some of England's last cave dwellers lived and worked within this huge cave.
53.3407, -1.7789
The 2010 dressing of Coffin Well in Tissington.
Tissington, England

Derbyshire Well Dressing

The tradition of using flowers to decorate wells is once again thriving in England.
53.0670, -1.7385
Winnats Pass
Derbyshire, England

Winnats Pass

A winding road through a steep valley with deep natural caverns at the bottom.
53.3414, -1.7921
Ladybower Reservoir, the largest of the 3 in the chain, and its hypnotic western overflow.
Derbyshire, England

The Upper Derwent Reservoirs

This chain of artificial lakes was an ideal test ground for the aircraft that would carry the "bouncing bombs" used by the WWII "Dambusters" squad.
53.4009, -1.7422
Caves at Crewell Crags
Derbyshire, England

Ice Age Cave Dwellings at Creswell Crags

A gorge full of caverns where early humans lived alongside cave hyenas, giant mammoths and wooly rhinoceroses.
53.2635, -1.1935
Smoking the Fool, the prelude to the contest.
Haxey, England

The Haxey Hood

One of England's oldest ongoing games is basically a town-wide scrummage that aims to push a leather tube into a local pub.
53.4898, -0.8383
Gainsborough Old Hall
Gainsborough, England

Gainsborough Old Hall

A medieval relic whose great hall once hosted Mayflower pilgrims, one of Henry VIII’s ill-fated wives, and plenty of royal intrigue.
53.4007, -0.7777
Epworth, England

Sandtoft Trolleybus Museum

The world's largest collection of preserved trolleybuses.
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The Trent Aegir tidal bore.
West Stockwith, England

The Trent Aegir

In the right conditions a wall of water up to five feet tall flows upstream against the current on the River Trent.
53.4453, -0.8092
Bolton Strid
Yorkshire, England

Bolton Strid

This lovely little burbling creek is actually a deadly waterway that has dragged down everyone who ever set foot in it.
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Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival
North Yorkshire, England

Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival

Each year this small English village becomes overrun with outlandish straw men.
54.1472, -2.0475
Malham Cove
North Yorkshire, England

Malham Cove

Harry Potter once visited this massive limestone cliff, which was carved by an ancient glacial river.
54.0725, -2.1579
Fountains Abbey
North Yorkshire, England

Fountains Abbey

One of the oldest and certainly best preserved Cistercian abbeys still in existence.
54.1095, -1.5819
Knaresborough, England

Mother Shipton's Cave and the Petrifying Well

Once thought to be the mysterious work of a witchy prophetess, a well with unusual properties turns objects into "stone".
54.0087, -1.4674
The circular structure of houses.
Alaior, Spain

Torre d'en Galmes

This remarkable prehistoric town is full of watchtowers and houses that have withstood thousands of years.
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The church's interior
Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Família

Construction of Barcelona's iconic (but controversial) church is expected to be completed in 2026—a century after the death of its architect.
41.4036, 2.1744
Güímar, Spain

Pyramids of Guimar

Lava stone structures possibly dating back to the 19th century may have been a stopping point for voyagers between ancient Egypt and the Mayan Civilization.
28.3196, -16.4129
Lanzarote's barren Timanfaya
Tinajo, Spain

Timanfaya National Park

Visit a surreal landscape so otherworldly NASA actually used it to train the Apollo 17 crew.
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The Chester Rows in an earlier century.
Chester, England

Chester Rows

Mysteriously stacked storefront paths give this medieval British town an iconic style like none other.
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St. Mary and All Saints Church's spire.
Chesterfield, England

Chesterfield's Crooked Spire

The whimsical twist of this spire was either caused by the Devil, an unexpected virgin, or lead.
53.2362, -1.4240
Red kites at Gigrin Farm
Powys, Wales

Gigrin Farm Red Kite Feeding Station

A Welsh sheep farm provides daily (non-sheep) meals to red kites, producing dazzling displays of aerial acrobatics.
52.2986, -3.4976
A Blue John seam.
Derbyshire, England

Blue John Cavern

A semi-precious cavern system that not only mines rare minerals but also tourists' dollars.
53.3455, -1.8036
The train station.
Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Wales

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

This Welsh village gave itself a ridiculous name in a publicity stunt a century ahead of its time.
53.2211, -4.2099
Indoor and outdoor exhibits abound, including live demonstrations of historic locomotives in action
York, England

British National Railway Museum

The National Railway Museum in York is the largest railway museum in the world, attracting almost 1 million visitors per year.
53.9606, -1.0979