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    23 Places You Won't Believe Are In England

    It's not all just green and pleasant.

    1. This is an abandoned house on some amazing, faraway Mediterranean beach, right?

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    Nope! It's a beach in the town of St Just, Cornwall. Who knew England was allowed to have water that blue?

    2. This is some fairytale forest in Germany, right?

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    Nope! It's Epping Forest, in Zone 6 London, just after a springtime snowfall.

    3. This must be some faraway Greek island, surely?

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    Nope it's just St Ives, Cornwall.

    4. This looks like some grand palace in India, right?

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    Actually it's the Royal Pavilion, in Brighton.

    5. There can't be wild horses in England. You must be kidding.

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    Nope, Konik ponies roam wild in the Oare Marshes in Kent.

    This wild horse is actually just a train ride away.

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    6. This ancient ruin, beautifully backdropped by the northern lights – this couldn't possibly be in England, right?

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    Actually that's Dunstanburgh, Northumberland.

    7. These sand dunes belong in a desert, and there are no deserts in England, right?

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    These dunes aren't actually in a desert, they're in Braunton Burrows, North Devon.

    8. This deserted ruin is in Greece, or maybe Italy, surely?

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    Nah, it's the Penshaw Monument in Sunderland.

    9. This is a quiet fishing village in the South of France though, right?

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    Nah, that's Brixham, Devon.

    10. These rocky mountains are surely the Alps in summertime?

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    Nope, that's Scafell Pike, Cumbria.

    11. These tropical gardens look like they're in southern Spain, or even North Africa, right?

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    Nope, they're the Tresco Abbey Gardens, on the Isles of Scilly.

    12. These dramatic cliffs and stalactite-filled caves are in New Zealand, right?

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    Nah, these are in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset.

    13. These dramatic falls are in the wild forests of North America, right?

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    Nope, this is Aira Force, in the Lake District.

    14. This must be a marvel of ancient Rome, probably somewhere in north Italy, right?

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    Nah, it's the Ribblehead Viaduct in North Yorkshire.

    15. Surely this amphitheatre is on a remote Greek island?

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    Actually it's in Porthcurno, Cornwall.

    16. A landscape this dramatic must be in Iceland, right?

    Andi Campbell-Jones CC BY-NC-ND / Via Flickr: andi-cj

    No, that's just the good old Lake District.

    17. This is a magical forest that inspired some folk stories in Finland, right?

    Βethan CC BY-NC-ND / Via Flickr: beth19

    Nope, it's Wistman's Wood in Devon.

    18. That's too romantic to be England. It's probably taken in Paris, right?

    Mark Bulmer CC BY / Via Flickr: the_barbican

    Lendal Bridge in Yorkshire, actually.

    19. These guys only live in the Arctic circle though, surely?

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    No, they live in Northumberland too.

    20. This coastline is in Croatia, right?

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    Actually it's the Jurassic Coast, Devon. Looks like a nice place to be a dinosaur.

    21. This photo must have been taken in the rainforest though, right?

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    Think again: Parakeets are actually common all over south London.

    22. A beach this dramatic and deserted is probably in Thailand, right?

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    Nope, that's Durdle Door in Dorset.

    23. But something this beautiful must at least be across the border in Scotland, right?

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    Nah, that's Wastwater in the Lake District.