The East Midlands is a region in the UK which is made up of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire and parts of Lincolnshire. The region covers the most eastern part of England. There are large parts of the region which are ideal for those who love hiking and walking including The Peak District, Sherwood Forest and The Lincolnshire Coast. The region offers plenty of opportunities for outdoorsy types who love exploring the natural landscapes, from hiking and camping to climbing and mountain biking. There’s also plenty to explore in the cities of Derby, Leicester, Lincoln and Nottingham with each city offering museums, theatres, music venues and a range of great restaurants.
A run-of-the-mill hatchback would be ideal for city driving and manoeuvring into small or tight parking spaces as well as being adequate for any motorway driving.
Driving in East Midlands
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Important things to note
Seatbelts are compulsory in both the front and rear seats of the vehicle, as is the case elsewhere in the UK.
Most parts of the East Midlands, with the exception of Lincoln and Lincolnshire, are served by the M1 motorway.
Roads in and around the region’s major cities of Derby, Leicester, Lincoln and Nottingham may be heavily congested during morning and evening rush hours, so it’s advisable to avoid driving in the city at these times wherever possible.
Highlights & Hotspots
Anyone visiting the region should take a trip to the beautiful Peak District National Park. The area, comprising most of North Derbyshire, is made up of rounded hills and is excellent for walking with many trails and hiking opportunities.
Nottinghamshire is home to Sherwood Forest, the alleged home of Robin Hood. This area has been redeveloped as a leisure park in recent years, but the forest is still home to some of the oldest trees in Europe – including the Major Oak which has been standing in the forest for 800 years.
A visit to Lincoln to explore the cathedral is a must for those with an interest in history and architecture. Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful buildings in Europe, the cathedral also houses one of four surviving original copies of the Magna Carta.
Leicester, the region’s most popular city, is a great place for shopping. The Highcross Shopping Centre, recently renovated, is home to numerous department stores and national chains, while you can also visit the Haymarket if you want something a little different.
East Midlands Airport is located between Derby, Leicester and Nottingham, all of which are in a 20 mile radius. The airport is accessible via the M1 and M42 motorways.
Flights to and from all over Europe are available, although the number of flights tends to increase in summer due to higher demand.