National parks, forests, extensive coastline and waterways make the Midlands an appealing part of England. The region encompasses Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. Highlights include Leicestershire's Rutland Water, the largest man-made lake in Western Europe, and The Peak District in Derbyshire, established in 1951 as Britain's first national park
Walking is one of the best ways to start your adventure - routes include Nottinghamshire's 169 kilometre Robin Hood Way or the Nene Way, which follows the Wash coastal path through Northamptonshire. Leicestershire's rugged Charnwood Forest and open uplands also provide a wealth of walking trails including the 161 kilometre circular walk around the entire county. Picking up the pace Sherwood Forest has a number of cycling trails and a BMX track. The Derbyshire Peak District National Park promotes an array of adventure activities, from orienteering to hang gliding and rock climbing. Horses are a historical feature of the Lincolnshire landscape, thanks to the gentle terrain and the extensive network of bridleways and the traffic-free country lanes makes the area one of the best destinations in the country for a horse-riding break. Beyond the vast Rutland Water other watersports can be enjoyed such as boating on the Nottingham Beeston Canal, kayaking on the Trent River and sailing on the Ogston Reservoir in Derbyshire. Also to note is the spectacular sandy beaches of Lincolnshire's Coast, a great place to take up a whole range of water-sports. Kite surfing and windsurfing. are popular on the beaches at Skegness and Cleethorpes, while land yachting and motorcycle sand racing are some of the more unusual activities on offer at Mablethorpe.