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If you are stuck for holiday inspiration, try this. Visit Davyhulme wastewater treatment works, one of the largest sewage plants in Europe; take a look at the Runcorn-Widnes road bridge, at 360m the longest steel bow string arch in the UK; or go underground at Hack Green nuclear bunker, Nantwich. The North West Tourist Board has drawn up a list of 24 major civil engineering projects that have shaped the region's history.

These include Blackpool's 19th century cast iron tower and The Big One, its state-of-the-art roller-coaster, Salford Docks and the Lowry, the Anderton Boat Lift and Bolton Wanderers' Reebok Stadium. In producing the civils tourist trail, the tourist board said it wanted to celebrate north west England as 'the home of civil engineering excellence'.

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