Last Updated: 20th February, 2019
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The East Midlands region is a vast and varied area, including Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire. Boasting a rich history dating back to Roman times, lush forestry and nature parks, incredible walking routes, as well as artisan foods and excellent shopping, the East Midlands is an excellent choice for travellers seeking to explore a pocket of England that retains its traditional charm and natural beauty
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One of the main sights you must visit is the infamous Sherwood Forest of Robin Hood fame, a Royal forest in Nottinghamshire. A natural nature reserve, the forest is over 1000 acres in size, with clearly marked walking routes and good visitor facilities. Other incredible sights in Nottinghamshire include the ice-age drawings at Creswell Crags, Nottingham, Belvoir and Newark castles, the underground City of Caves - a city below a city - walking tours that help you retrace the footsteps of some of the areas literary greats; Byron and DH Lawrence are two of the most popular.
Other areas of natural beauty in this region include the Leicestershire coast, stretching for an impressive 50 miles before terminating at the wetlands of The Wash, near Norfolk. Packed with bustling towns and quaint villages, this part of the East Midlands is known for its fishing, picturesque beauty, tourism and charm. While in Leicestershire, take a ride on a steam train, visit the National Space Centre for all things astronomical, and take a peek at the critters at Twycross zoo. The Battle of Bosworth Heritage Centre and the Jewry Wall Museum will help satisfy inquisitive minds and the shopping districts to hunt out include Highcross, St Martin's Square Stoneygate and Belgrave Road.
Northamptonshire is home to the grand country estates of Althorp House, Kirby Hall and Broughton Castle, to name but a few. Adventurers can also opt to swing, glide and clamber through the trees at the Irchester Country Park adventure course or search for kingfishers at Barnwell Country Park.
One of the most scenic areas is the 50 miles coastal stretch in Leicestershire that includes Cleethorpes, Mablethorpe, Sutton on Sea and Skegness. The Lincolnshire Wolds are a stunning mix of low hills and valleys, perfect for walking, camping, cycling and exploring nature at its most beautiful.
For walking, drive out to the Peak District a wonderful national park covering more than 550 square miles across several counties, with its highest peak scaling over 2000ft. The fifth largest national park of its kind in England and Wales, there are a multitude of walks on offer, varying in length and difficulty.
A drive out to the Fenlands is also unbeatable, with a rich reward of handsome walks and quaint villages along the way. Take your time and stop off along the way to get the most out of this stunning area. Check out the cathedrals at Ely and Ramsey, the windpumps at Wicken Fen and salt marshes