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Olympic Venue Guide: Eton Dorney

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Where is it?: Dorney Lake, Court Lane, Dorney, Buckinghamshire.

How do you get there?: A journey by road or rail is the only real option. If you are travelling by road, Dorney is about 25 miles west of London, near Windsor, and can be accessed via Junction 7 off the M4, although you will have to use a park-and-ride service to the venue, as there is no public parking there.

As for rail travel, Dorney is close to two National Rail stations — Slough on the Paddington line and Windsor & Eton Riverside from Waterloo. Shuttle buses will run from both stations, as they are 15 minutes' drive from Dorney Lake.

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Capacity: 30,000.

What events will be held there and when?: Rowing (July 28-August 4), canoe sprint (August 6-11).

Public facilities: The Eton Dorney Rowing Centre is set in a 450-acre park, which includes a nature conservation area. It has its own kitchens, a bar and three conference rooms.

History: The centre is owned by Eton College, who spent £17million developing it, starting construction in 1996 and finishing in 2006. The 2,200-metre, eight-lane course with a separate return lane was originally meant only for Eton pupils, but it was built to such a high standard that the World Rowing Championships were held there in 2006, being lauded by competitors and spectators alike.

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The centre also stages dragon-boating, triathlon, running, open-water swimming and roller-skiing events. In preparation for the Games, the roadway has been improved and two bridges have been built on the island between the main and return lakes.

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