The county of Leicestershire is mainly flat with few hills. From Leicester (in the centre of the country) the land rises to the east and in the west towards the craggy and untamed Charnwood Forest. The countryside is dotted with small wooded areas, strategically planted as fox coverts, once providing Leicestershire with the finest fox-hunting country in the land.

Roman Wall Leicester
The Jewry Wall - Leicester © Travel About Britain
'Beneath yon eastem ridge, the craggy bound, Rugged and high, of Chamwood's forest ground, Stand yet, but, stranger! hidden from thy view, The ivied Ruins of forlom Grace Dieu.'

William Wordsworth (1811)

County Town:

Leicester - distance from London: 103 miles (165 km)

Nearby Counties:

Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland, Warwickshire

Train Operators:

East Midland Trains / London Midland

Nearest Airport:

East Midlands

Major Roads:

A47, M1, M69

Highest point:

Bardon Hill, 912 feet

Rivers:

Soar, Wreake

County Flower:

Foxglove

Local Delicacies:

Whetstone Cakes - biscuits, flavoured with caraway seeds and rose water.
Pork pies - Melton Mowbray is world famous for its pork pies.

The Meaning of Leicestershire

First recorded in 1087 as Laegreceastrescir. Leicester is an Old English corruption of the Latin meaning 'a fort on the river Leire'.

Map of Leicestershire

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Towns and Villages in Leicestershire

Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Coalville, Hinckley, Leicester, Loughborough, Market Bosworth, Melton Mowbray, Lutterworth

Attractions in Leicestershire

Ashby-de-la-Zouch Castle | Belvoir Castle | Bosworth Battlefield | Bradgate Park | Conkers | Donington-le-Heath | Foxton Locks | Kirby Muxloe Castle | Shackerstone Railway | Snibston Discovery Park | Stanford Hall | Twycross Zoo

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