Set in a wonderful 400-acre park near Windsor Castle, Eton Dorney will host the Paralympic Rowing competitions. The eight-lane, 2,200m course was already a world-class training and competition facility when it hosted the Rowing World Championships in 2006 to critical acclaim. For London 2012 several enhancements have been made, including warm-up lanes, a new cut-through between the competition lake and the return lake, and a couple of new bridges. Located 25 miles west of London (a short 15 to 45-minute train ride from Paddington or Waterloo stations), the superb venue - which should attract up to 30,000 spectators daily during the Games - is privately owned and financed by Eton College, the swish alma mater of Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson.