The Broads is a wetland National Park that defines East of England’s topography. The highest point of the region is a mere 249 metre-high near Ivinghoe Beacon and some people draw comparisons here with parts of the Netherlands. Fens, rivers and lakes have proven highly popular with boaters and cyclists, who can travel extensively around the pretty countryside with minimal exertion. Essentially an extension of East Anglia – one of the former Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms – the region has largely retained much of its bucolic charm. Although bordering the north and east of Greater London, East of England lacks the importance as a transport hub that the South East has. But thanks to eminent university towns like Cambridge, has long been an important region for scientific study.