The picturesque Borough of Melton is a hidden oasis in the beautiful Leicestershire countryside, consisting of some 70 villages dotted around one of the oldest market towns in the UK including the larger settlements of Asfordby, Bottesford, Long Clawson and Waltham on the Wolds.
Being centrally located in the country and well connected to the nearby town of Loughborough and cities of Leicester, Lincoln and Nottingham, makes it a prime location to visit and work and a great place to live.
Melton has a colourful history rooted in farming and food, as well as a strong record of manufacturing success, being home to many award-winning businesses. Melton is well known for its incredible town centre markets, with the renowned town centre cattle market being the largest in the country and dating back 1,000 years.
Melton’s history, combined with its association with Melton Mowbray Pork Pies and Stilton Cheese, has enabled Melton to rightly gain recognition as The Rural Capital of Food.
Beyond the picturesque landscape and alongside these culinary exploits, the Borough of Melton enjoys a rich cultural heritage developed over hundreds of years. It includes many fascinating places and builings that provide the backdrop to numerous stories and folklore.
Since the Middle Ages, Melton has been a thriving destination for royal visits that are commemorated throughout the town with Blue Plaques. Among the most notable is the famous Anne of Cleves public house – which was a gift from Henry VIII to his wife of the same name.
Melton may appear to be a traditional rural area yet hidden within is something unique and special. A vibrant region steeped in culture and history, but with a renewed confidence and big ambitions for the future.
With funding secured for the new Melton Mowbray bypass and significant growth in jobs and housing planned, it really is a great place to live.
Melton’s road connections generally are excellent. Two main A-roads intersect at Melton Mowbray: the A606 Nottingham to Oakham road, and the A607 Leicester to Grantham road.
Melton is just a 30-minute drive from Leicester and 30 minutes to the M1 motorway to the west. The A1 (Great North Road) is only 12 miles to the east, while it’s 21 miles northwest to Nottingham and 36 miles southwest to Peterborough. The A52 Nottingham to Grantham road runs through the northern edge of the Borough.
London is 120 miles by road, Birmingham 50 miles and Manchester 100 miles.
Melton Mowbray Railway Station is on the line from Birmingham to Stansted Airport, which also serves Leicester, Peterborough and Cambridge. Trains run hourly in both directions.
East Midlands Trains provide a single daily return journey from Melton Mowbray to London St Pancras.
Hourly rail services run to Leicester (16 minutes), Birmingham (68 minutes), Peterborough (40 minutes), Cambridge (90 minutes) and to Stansted Airport (2 hours 50 minutes). London can be reached in 90 minutes with a change at Leicester.
Bottesford Railway Station in the village of Bottesford is 15 miles northeast of Melton. It’s on the Nottingham to Skegness line and provides a good connection to Grantham just 7 miles to the east. The typical journey time between Bottesford and Nottingham is 28 minutes. The line generally operates every two hours. Westbound trains to Nottingham depart from platform 1, while eastbound trains to Skegness via Grantham depart from platform 2.
Some Grantham trains connect to London King’s Cross and York services. Additionally, one train to Liverpool operates each day. On Sundays, an extra service operates to Norwich.
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Arriva Midlands operates service 5A/5X into Leicester. Centrebus operates the other services around the town, with longer-distance routes to Syston, Nottingham, Grantham, Loughborough, Oakham and elsewhere, as well as to surrounding villages.
Melton is ideally located for personal and business travel by road to several of the country’s major airports. Nottingham City Airport is only 15 miles away. East Midlands Airport is 23 miles to the northwest. Birmingham International Airport is 54 miles. Luton Airport is 90 miles. Stansted Airport is 95 miles. Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport is 65 miles. Manchester Airport is 101 miles. London Heathrow is 115 miles.