I lived in Loughborough for 5 years, a mere stones throw from Melton Mowbray; home of the two-headed calf! Yes seriously, before the advent of genetic engineering and the Tate Gallery animal exhibitions there was a two headed calf born in the Mowbray region and someone had the sense to preserve it. I've been to the small town centre museum where the calf with 2 heads and two tails plus four legs stands proudly in a glass case near to the clothes of one of the roundest men in the county during the 1800's. Melton Mowbray is such a surprising town; befre the foot and mouth outbreak it had a thriving auction market where they sell Stilton Cheeses (whole) to the highest bidder; where they auction all live animals including rabbits and birds and where you can get at Christmas the biggest turkey on your roof rack through the auction for a knock-down price. The town centre is fairly small, built on a crossroads pattern but with a superb cheese and melton mowbray pie shop in the high street. If you've ever bought the melton pie from a supermarket; forget it - these are fresh, moist, low in fat and staggeringly delicious.....see my mouth dripping already ! There are some lovely farm house holidays to be had in this area and one or two good quality caravan and camping sites. Around the area is some beautiful woodland and arable scenery with the old roads formerly cart tracks; visit Normanton on Soar about 8 miles away for an olde worlde village and on to Loughborough for a developing market town. Such a change from the intensive feel of Leicester, a city about 15 miles away or Nottingham; home of Robin Hood and producing Lady Chatterley's Lover..... but more on another article I think !