Ely Winchester Train
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The cathedral city of Ely in Cambridgeshire is a city in a rural region of the country whose economy is largely agricultural based. Prior to the Fens being dredged the harvesting of osier (willow) and sedge (rush) along with the extraction of peat were the main activities. Ely was also famed for eel fishing, for both income and food, and it may be from this activity that the city gets its name. Although the settlement existed during Roman times there is little evidence of this now.
Annual events held in Ely include Aquafest, which has been staged at the riverside by the Rotary Club on the first Sunday of July since 1978. Other events include the Eel Day carnival procession and the annual fireworks display in Ely Park, first staged in 1974. The Ely Folk Festival has been held in the city since 1985 and the Ely Horticultural Society have been staging their Great Autumn Show since 1927.
Ely Cathedral dates back to the 11th century when construction began under the supervision of the first Norman Bishop, Simeon. The cathedral's construction continued until the 16th century and was restored in the 19th century by George Gilbert Scott.
The city of Winchester in Hampshire, on the couth coast of England, is packed with historic buildings, monuments and museums - all within a short walking distance of each other and just waiting to be explored. Whilst in the city explore the medieval streets and admire the magnificent cathedral and Wolvesey Castle before taking a gentle stroll along the River Itchen to The Hospital of St Cross (a medieval almshouse - or charitable housing). The city is also recognised as a foodie destination and has the largest Farmers Market in the United Kingdom. The River Itchen, which runs through the heart of the Winchester, along with the River Test to the south west of the city, are famous for the wild trout which thrive in their clear, fast-running waters. The city is located on the edge of the South Downs National Park, and combines cosmopolitan elegance with rural idyll. The park covers an area of 628 sq miles, and stretches for 87 miles from Winchester in the west to Eastbourne in the east through the counties of Hampshire, West Sussex and East Sussex. The park includes the infamous iconic chalky white cliffs of Beachy Head.