LEICESTERSHIRE

Leicestershire is perhaps best known for being the place where the Battle of Bosworth took place. The site is at Sutton Cheny near Market Bosworth.

Charnwood Forest has some of the oldest rocks and fossils (Pre-Cambrian) in England. Bradgate Park has the Elizabethan ruin of Bradgate House; the birthplace of the ill-fated Lady Jane Grey.

Ashby de la Zouch Castle can be explored - the high medieval tower being the most visible part of what remains. Kirby Muxloe Castle (near Leicester) is a lovely moated castle dating back to the 15th century. Also near Leicester there's the rather ornate 19th century revamped Belvoir Castle [pronounced Beevor].

Rutland Water near Oakham is a huge man-made reservoir, and although used for recreational purposes like sailing, those parts set aside as Nature Reserves are home to large bird populations.

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