There’s the north of England and there’s the south of England, and the battling pair are often pitted against one another, each convinced of their superiority. And then there’s the bit in between, the Midlands, which can all too easily be ignored.

But do so at your peril. Between Oxford in the south and Sheffield in the north, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire in the east and the Welsh borders in the west, England’s Mid Country takes in Shakespeare’s birthplace, the Industrial Revolution, the beautiful Belvoir Valley, Rutland Water, mysterious fenland and miles of empty rolling hills. Fail to explore and you’ll miss Lincoln and Chester cathedrals, Georgian Stamford, Chatsworth House, the Malvern Hills, the Wye Valley and so very much more.

hotels in mid country