Fewer than 45 minutes on the overground train from Clapham Junction and you'll be strolling among the butterflies and orchids of this wonderful National Trust estate, smack bang in the middle of bonafide Jane Austen country. The final scenes of the television adaption of Emma were filmed here.
Jump on the train at Marylebone. Hop off 45 minutes later and you'll find yourself a world away from the capital. This quaint, typically English village was the home and workplace of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory author Roald Dahl. Gipsy House, where he lived for 36 years, is still standing, as are many of the local sights that inspired his tales. Take a romantic stroll along the river and admire the picturesque charm of the high street established in the Middle Ages.
A Roald Dahl inspired treat at Twit Cafe, The Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre.
Art and literary types will adore wandering around this chocolate box village. Many of its scenes have been immortalised in the work of artist Sir Stanley Spencer, who lived here for the best part of his life. It was also the childhood playground of Famous Five writer Enid Blyton and home to Kenneth Grahame, Wind In The Willows author. Trains run from Paddington via Maidenhead.
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