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Forest Path © Rachel Henson and Neil ManuellForest Path © Rachel Henson and Neil Manuell

As a prominent part of the Olympic road cycling route, this weekend Box Hill will be a hive of activity. But deep in the undergrowth the wildlife is also stepping into the limelight.

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27 July 2012

Day 70: London


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The London Eye. Photograph by Steve Harris (via.Flickr.com)The London Eye. Photograph by Steve Harris (via.Flickr.com)

At last we have reached the final day of the Torch Relay and the last post of our Torch Relay blog. We hope you have enjoyed following the blog and have managed to visit some of the special places and spaces we have highlighted along the way.

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26 July 2012

Day 69: London


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Camden Lock cc. 425 Franco Caruzzo

It’s the penultimate day of the Torch Relay route and over the last 68 days we have followed the Torch from its starting point in Cornwall , in the West, through Wales and Scotland, across to Northern Ireland, then from Scotland down to the East and South of England. For the past few days we have followed the Torch as it winds its way through Greater London.

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23 July 2012

Days 66-68: London


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Eltham Palace - 425 photo by Wayne Barry (Flickr)

The Torch Relay is getting ever closer to its final destination, the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, and we are following it right to the end, pointing out the best of the history, heritage, landscapes and sites that it passes by. We have travelled with the Olympic Flame around the UK, from the most southerly tip to the furthest north and it has finally arrive in London with just four more days to go.

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Deal Castle. Photograph by Amanda TomlinDeal Castle. Photograph by Amanda Tomlin

It’s Day 62 of the Torch Relay route and over the next four days the Olympic Flame will travel across the South East before heading towards its final destination in London, the Olympic Stadium! We begin Day 62 in the thriving town of Deal in Kent. Deal, situated close to the White Cliffs of Dover and the English Channel, has a rich history.

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16 July 2012

Days 59-61: South East


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Chichester Cathedral. Photograph by Paul GillettChichester Cathedral. Photograph by Paul Gillett

With only 11 days until the Torch Relay reaches the Olympic stadium in Stratford, the Torch has travelled around the country, over sea, mountains and through cities and the countryside. We have striven to help you discover the best of the historic sites, beautiful gardens, stunning wilderness and engaging heritage. Today we have more of the British sights, sounds and smells for you explore. Starting off in Portsmouth, on the south coast of England, we will guide you around the South East, pointing out the finest heritage, sites, forests and museums for you to see.

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Shaftesbury Gold Hill. Photograph by Joe Dunckley (via Flickr.com)Shaftesbury Gold Hill. Photograph by Joe Dunckley (via Flickr.com)

Over the next few days, the Olympic Flame will continue through the South West and head across the Solent and the English Channel across to the Isle of Wight, Guernsey and Jersey. On Day 55, we start our journey in Salisbury and head west towards the Dorset town of Shaftesbury.

Read more about Days 55-58: South West, South East, Guernsey and Jersey»


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Leighton Buzzard Railway. Photograph by Mervyn LeahLeighton Buzzard Railway. Photograph by Mervyn Leah

The London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay is more than halfway through and we are still following its exploits around the country, from north to south, east to west and into the South-East today to highlight all the best of the sights and sounds that the UK has to offer. Over the next few days, in the South-East and West, we have museums, gardens, ancient libraries, palaces and beautiful landscapes for you to discover and delight in as you follow the Torch on its journey.

Read more about Days 52-54: The South-East and South-West»


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Lowestoft Ness Point. Photograph by  Josh Blacker (via flickr.com)Lowestoft Ness Point. Photograph by Josh Blacker (via flickr.com)

It’s day 48 of the Torch Relay route and for the next few days we will be continuing our journey through the East of England. From Norwich, the Olympic Torch will head towards the coast and pass through Lowestoft, a town situated on the most easterly point of the United Kingdom.

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Coventry Cathedral. Photography by Tim Simpson via Flickr.comCoventry Cathedral. Photography by Tim Simpson via Flickr.com

The Torch Relay has been travelling around the UK for the last 44 days and we have been following it on its journey, picking the best places for you to discover and enjoy near its route. Today, we will accompany the Torch and its bearers run through the East Midlands across to the East of England, enjoying all the sights and sounds along the way.

Read more about Days 45-47: West Midlands, East Midlands & East of England»

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