Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Halesowen Folk Loved Leicestershire Wanderer

I took a party of people from Halesowen in the West Midlands on a Coach Tour around parts of Leicestershire recently.

I had been asked to do this by Mark Smith of Quest in Halesowen. Mark organises Coach Trips to a variety of destinations. He is aware of my own excursions, and felt that his regulars would enjoy being shown Leicestershire.

We called the trip “Leicestershire Wanderer”.

There were three stops on the tour.

I got on the coach at St. Margarets Bus Station in Leicester, and took a route through Charnwood Forest, stopping at the attractive market town of Melton Mowbray, where many of the passengers bought the famous local hand raised pork pies and Stilton cheese.

Then it was on through Oakham and into High Leicestershire, stopping at the delightful picture postcard village of Hallaton, scene of the annual Bottle Kicking and Hare Pie Scramble.

The last stop was at the old market town of Market Harborough, whose story involves the Civil War, coaching inns, Thomas Cook and the infamous Liberty Bodice.

Then it was back to Leicester, where I got off!

Mark told me afterwards that everybody loved the tour, and obviously I’m very pleased to hear that. We are planning another Leicestershire tour, involving Burbage, Market Bosworth and Ashby-de-la-Zouch, for later in the year.