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Rutland Water You can discover a thousand years of history by visiting the East Midlands seeing many castles and ancient forests, battlefields, examples of the industrial revolution heritage and beautiful peak district excursions.

Leicestershire, described by many as the “curry” county of England, and who can argue with them, has some of the best restaurants around. The Grand Union canal, once the MI of transport in the days of the industrial revolution, classy shopping, and England’s smallest county Rutland, with the one of the largest man-made reservoirs in Europe, Rutland Water, it has a 25-mile circular track for walking and you can hire a cycle or bring your own.

Lincolnshire, the bread basket of England, is largely agricultural but has one of the finest cathedrals in England, situated in the city of Lincoln. Blue skies wide open spaces and rolling sandy beaches and gently undulating Wolds, Lincolnshire offers a wide variety of activities for the visitor, embracing caravan and chalet parks in addition to first class hotel and B&B accommodation.

Althorp Regarded as one of England’s best kept secrets, Northamptonshire at the far south of the East Midlands region is claimed to be within just 2 hours drive of 75% of the population of Britain. Known previously as a shoe making town, Northampton Town football club is called the cobblers, and you can follow some great rugby with Northampton Saints. Britain’s premier motor racing circuit is of course Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix and many other motoring events. English history is prominent in Northamptonshire particularly the English civil war period and two monuments at Naseby mark the site of the battle in which Charles I was defeated, a turning point in the Civil War. There is wealth of castles, stately homes and gardens to visit with a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes.

Nottinghamshire, Sherwood Forest and Robin Hood, we are all familiar with these wonderful tales of robbing the rich to give to the poor. The city of Nottingham is famous for very many things, Raleigh bicycles, John Player, and of course lace. Ever famous for culture, Nottinghamshire lays claim to many famous names, from poet Lord Byron to D.H. Lawrence of Lady Chatterley fame, but the county is an area of outstanding natural beauty, with historic buildings and many market towns offering first rate accommodation to access its wonderful historic buildings and sporting arenas.

The Peak District National Park Derbyshire is a stunning area of diverse countryside with the famous Peak District, which was the very first national park in England. Derbyshire is a true paradise for walkers, cyclists, ramblers or just lovers of beautiful countryside. There is a mass of historical heritage to be experienced in Derbyshire, through the Amber Valley for example, regarded as the heart of Derbyshire, offering stately homes, water powered mills first seen in the cotton spinning era, to country parks and collections of locomotives and rolling stock, not forgetting the famous Crich tramway village. Derbyshire has so much to offer, you will return again and again.