The best thing about Arundel is the Wetland Centre. A beautiful and life-affirming sanctuary for wildfowl. The best thing about Ford is The Engine Shed – the UK’s biggest laser cut model railway shop. You don’t have to be a nerd to enjoy this kind of experience, but it helps. If only the real railway system was as well designed and efficient as Karl Gebele’s worlds within worlds miniature reconstructions – but then if it was we wouldn’t have stumbled upon the shop. We left smiling and clutching our Noch catalogues.