1 Nottingham to Loughborough

Energetic Nottingham to lively Loughborough with tranquil retreat in between!


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No. of Attractions:

5 places to visit

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Journey Duration:

61 minutes

Route Frequency:

Every 20 minutes

Starting point:

Loughborough, Baxter Gate BA

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Journey fact:

East Leake is associated with the World War II code-breaking efforts. The village was home to a secretive project known as the East Leake Bunker, where British intelligence operatives carried out crucial code-breaking and intercept operations. This clandestine site played a role in decoding and intercepting enemy communications, contributing significantly to the war effort. Despite its covert significance during the war, the details and activities within the East Leake Bunker remained highly classified for many years after the conflict ended.

Journey Overview

Nottingham is one of the most lively, diverse and fascinating cities in the UK – castle, caves, culture galore, incredible nightlife and sporting prowess. The number 1 bus cuts through the heart of this great city across Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire countryside to Loughborough, a famous market town with a hugely successful University, renowned also for its success in developing sporty students.

Starting in the Beast Market, the bus canters through the outskirts of Nottingham, past the two football grounds either side of the River Trent, in Notts County, then Nottingham Forest before Trent Bridge cricket ground, the home of Notts and international venue. The bus touches West Bridgford then follows close to the Trent before cutting inwards to the lovely village of Gotham and then East Leake where the scenery is really rural – pretty fields, thatched cottages and tree lined lanes, beside the River Soar, before the pretty sight of Stanford on Soar Church and very soon over the Midland Mainline railway to Loughborough Baxter Gate where this picturesque and fascinating journey comes to a conclusion. On the approach to Loughborough, the build up of Victorian and Edwardian buildings, like the Town Hall and the Carillon Tower, add real character, so too the stunning All Saints Church, a prominent feature which boasts Gothic Revival design.

A Fab Day Out!

There really is an enthralling day out to be enjoyed on the Number 1 bus! Even before boarding, it’s well worth checking out Nottingham’s Beast Market – immerse yourself in the bustling energy of this historic market. Explore the variety of stalls offering fresh produce, artisanal crafts, and local delights.

Architectural gems like the Old Market Square, Nottingham Castle, and the Lace Market are really fascinating too. If there’s a game on, then Nottingham Panthers ice-hockey is a ‘must’. This hugely successful team play right in the centre of the City, close to the historic Lace Market area. From puck to round ball, football at Notts County in League 2 or Nottingham Forest in the Premier League is always certainly memorable or maybe watch the stumps fly next door at Trent Bridge, the iconic venue where cricket legends Stuart Broad, Sir Richard Hadlee, Clive Rice, Sir Garfield Sobers and Harold Larwood plied their trade, among others!

Continuing the route, pass through the picturesque village of Gotham. Known for its association with the Batman mythology, this picturesque village offers more than just its comic book connections. Wander through its winding lanes flanked by traditional stone cottages, each steeped in centuries of history. The village boasts St. Lawrence’s Church, a medieval marvel featuring ancient carvings and architecture. The surrounding countryside offers opportunities for scenic walks or cycling along tranquil paths.

Further along, East Leake offers a serene retreat with a blend of historic landmarks and modern amenities. Begin by exploring the picturesque Rushcliffe Country Park, a short distance away, perfect for leisurely walks, picnics, and birdwatching. Discover the village’s heritage at St. Mary’s Church, a Grade I listed building showcasing stunning architecture dating back centuries.

The bus then takes you through Stanford on Soar, a quintessential English village adorned with thatched cottages and a delightful country pub. The village’s idyllic setting offers a glimpse into rural life. The quaint Stanford on Soar church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, stands as a picturesque gem in the village’s tranquil landscape. It’s certainly worth getting off the bus to have look at the outside and wander in. Dating back to the 13th century, its ancient charm is reflected in the enchanting stone architecture and intricate details. The church boasts a stunning interior, adorned with historic artifacts and beautiful stained glass windows, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in centuries of local history and craftsmanship. Surrounded by idyllic countryside, the church serves as a serene sanctuary, captivating with its timeless beauty and peaceful ambiance.

Finally, arrive in Loughborough, where modernity meets tradition. Explore the renowned Loughborough University campus, known for its innovative architecture and green spaces. Delve into the town’s heritage at the Carillon Tower or take a stroll along the Grand Union Canal.

There’s also the fabulous Great Central Railway, which is also part of the Great Scenic Journeys collection. It stands as a living heritage railway, preserving the golden era of steam travel. Stretching from Loughborough to Leicester, this iconic line showcases meticulously restored steam and diesel locomotives, offering a nostalgic journey through time. Enthusiasts and visitors can revel in the railway’s interactive displays, museums, and workshops, unveiling the intricate workings of these majestic locomotives. Special events like themed dining experiences or ‘days out with Thomas’ cater to families, making it an engaging experience for all ages. To find out more about this fab railway, check out Great Central Railway – Great Scenic Journeys


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Places to visit & things to do on this journey

Nottingham Castle:

National Justice Museum

Old Market Square

Charnwood Museum

Queens Park

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