Tackling the Midlands Meander

For the uninitiated, the Midlands region can be a bit overwhelming. It’s full of twee venue names such as ‘Piggly Wiggly’ and ‘Ugly Duckling’, with little explanation as to whether they’re tasteful galleries or kitsch gift shops. Also here are a couple of microbreweries and the Nelson Mandela Capture Site.

The Meander – stretched out over a valley and its offshoots – is relaxing and enjoyable and well worth a detour off the N3. The Midlands Meander brochure is available from tourist offices and contains a detailed colour-coded map of the area.