The East Midlands is one of nine official regions of England. It consists of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland.
The high point is Kinder Scout, in the Peak District of the southern Pennines in northwest Derbyshire near Glossop.
Other upland, hilly areas in altitude, together with lakes and reservoirs, rise in and around the Charnwood Forest north of Leicester, and in the Lincolnshire Wolds.
The region's major rivers, the Nene, the Soar, the Trent and the Welland, flow in a northeasterly direction towards the Humber and the Wash. The Derwent, conversely, rises in the High Peak before flowing south to join the Trent some 2 miles before its conflux with the Soar.