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Ashby-de-la-Zouch - A very pleasant town, a former spa with a ruined castle, coaching inns and Georgian buildings. The church includes the tomb of the Countess of Huntingdon who joined Wesley's movement. It also has a unique finger pillory.

Coalville - An industrial and mining town on the north Leicester coalfield, however far from a typical colliery centre. With pleasant countryside, and many other enterprises mining is not dominant industrially. Coalville's leading attraction is the 100 acre Snibston Discovery Park, a former colliery turned ito a scence technology and leisure centre.

Hinckley - Located midway between Leicester and Coventry, Hinckley gained the title home of the hosiery industry; here the first stocking frame was installed, in 1640. The Hansom cab was born here, designed by Joseph Hansom. The site of the battle of Bosworth (1485) is a few miles to the north.

Lutterworth - This was an important coaching stop, and two coaching inns remain, the Denbigh Arms and the Greyhound. It was also the 'birthplace' of the jet engine, commemorated by a statue of Frank Whittle. More importantly, this was the parish of John Wycliffe who first translated the Bible into English.

Market Harborough - Fifteen miles south east of Leicester. A famous hunting centre and pleasant market town, with many Georgian buildings, with fine church and 17th century Grammar School standing on pillars. Local museum relates story of days when coaches stopped here. Nearby attractions include the canal engineering feature, the inclined plane at Foxton and the unique Triangular Lodge at Rushton.

Melton Mowbray - Twelve miles north east of Leicester. A pleasant market town, on the junction of the Wreake and Eye, with beautiful ancient church and 17th century Almshouse. For long has been the centre of the fox-hunting world, being within easy reach of the Quorn, Cottesmore, Pytchley and Belvoir hunts. On the route of the Jubilee Way. Famous for two local products: Stilton cheese and pork pies, celebrated in local Melton Carnegie Museum.

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