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Heart of England

Central England
Central England oozes history, from the Gothic towns of Oxford and Gloucester, to Stratford-upon-Avon, home of William Shakespeare. But it's also some of the most picturesque countryside – rolling hills, leafy forests, rivers and canals meandering through lush green meadows. Traveling with kids, alternate cultural sightseeing with days outdoors.
    Nottingham and Lincoln
  Pilot a narrowboat on the canals – Rent a narrow boat and spend several days, navigating the canals, such as The Grand Union Canal. It'll be quite an adventure, opening and closing locks by hand, navigating your boat through sandy sections, eating and sleeping on board. Older kids will want to help open and close the paddle gates in the locks and steer the boat.
      It's easier if you have two adults along, but no prior experience is necessary. You'll get the hang of it after a couple of days and my kids loved it. To learn more about boats and waterways routes, visit the British Waterways site.
kids books central  england
The Wind in the Willows  
The Wind in the Willows
Kenneth Grahame, Ernest Shepard

Tales of Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad in the Thames Valley – tromping through the snow in the Wild Wood, boating on the River, wandering through yellow wheat fields on a summer's day. (Chapter book)



Three children, Oskar, Ping and Ida, spend an idyllic summer exploring miles and miles of river, with meadows and islands (Owl Palace Island, Tangle Island, Flying Horses Island and more), richly alive with creatures large and small. Absolutely magical! (Chapter book)


The River at Green Knowe
(More children's books on other England pages)
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