Market Harborough a town in south east LeicestershireLeicestershire

One of the Largest counties in the east Midlands the country easily divides into pictorial small country towns and villages surrounded by gentle hills, whilst the centre of the county is dominated by the city of Leicester. At one time 4 roads dominated the county, the A6, A46, A47 and A50 all crossing each other at Leicester. Today it is the M1 and A46 that tends to dominate the county with the M6 merging off the M1 near to the counties southern boundary.

 

 

 

 

Old John in Bradgate Park near LeicesterGeography

The county has no major rivers it is mainly a county of rolling hill land either agricultural or in some instance wooded, the city of Leicester sits at the bottom of a dip and is surrounded by rolling hill land in all directions, this unusual landscape has made the city very bad for asthma. The surrounding hills make the county very pictorial with some very nice villages often with thatch roofed cottages.

 

 

Leicester City CentreCities and Towns

As the name Leicestershire suggests Leicester is the largest city which tends to dominate the county being roughly in the centre of the county. Towns are effectively satellites of Leicester the larger ones being Loughborough, Hinkley, Coalville, Ashby de la Zouch, Melton Mowbery famous for its pies, Market Harborough, Wigston and Oadby.

 

Foxton Locks in LeicestershireThe A6 and M6 in Leicestershire

The A6 has under gone a lot of change with the buildings of new roads in Leicestershire, it enters Leicestershire just before it crosses the M1 south east of Derby, it continues south eastwards after the M1 roundabout through the small town of Kegworth near to where a plane crashed into the M1, then a few miles later through the town of Loughborough turning more southerly It then passes through a number of villages before entering the city of Leicester. Through Leicester the route has been changed in recent times making it impossible to follow itthrough the city centre pedestrian area, however it reappears as London Road and continues south easterly eventually leaving the city and passing through or past several villages. Just north of where it once entered Market Harborough it follows a new bypass to the east of the town crossing into Northamptonshire after about 3 miles.

 

The M6 enters Leicestershire in its south western corner after crossing the A5 going south eastwards in less than 2 miles it finished with its junction with the M1