Portal:East Midlands England

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The East Midlands is one of the regions of England and consists of most of the eastern half of the traditional region of the Midlands. It consists of the combined area of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and most of Lincolnshire.

The highest point in the region is Kinder Scout, in the Derbyshire Peak District, at 2,088 ft (636 m). A looser definition of the East Midlands would include Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

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English Midlands - Showing 5 Boroughs in 912 AD
East Midlands English is a dialect traditionally spoken in those parts of English Midlands lying East of Watling Street (the A5 London - Shrewsbury Road). Today this area is represented by the counties of the East Midlands of England, (Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland and Northamptonshire, see left).

Like that of Yorkshire, the East Midlands dialect owes much of its grammar and vocabulary to Nordic influences, the region having been incorporated in the Norse controlled Danelaw in the late 9th century. At this time, the county towns of the East Midlands counties became Viking fortified city states, known as the Five Boroughs of the Danelaw. For example, the East Midlands word scraight ('to cry') is thought to be derived from the Norse, skrike in modern Scandinavian, also meaning to cry.

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The Kinder plateau seen from the south

Kinder Scout is a moorland plateau (and mountain) in the Dark Peak of the Derbyshire Peak District in the United Kingdom. Part of the moor, at 636 m (2,088 ft) above sea level, is the highest point in the Peak District and the highest point in Derbyshire. It is accessible from the villages of Hayfield and Edale in the High Peak of Derbyshire.

To the north across the Snake Pass lie the high moors of Bleaklow and Black Hill, which are of similar elevation.

It is a popular hiking location and the Pennine Way crosses Kinder Scout and the moors to the North. This has resulted in the erosion of the underlying peat, prompting work by Derbyshire County Council and the Peak District National Park to repair it. The plateau was also the target of the mass trespass of Kinder Scout in 1932, which resulted in a UK-wide rethink of access to public footpaths. From the National Park's inception, a large area of the high moorland north of Edale was designated as 'Open Country'. Eventually, in 2003, the "right to roam" on uncultivated land was enshrined into law, and this area of open country has been significantly extended.

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