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|Length:||19 mi (31 km)|
| A6004 road
M1 motorway Junction 23
A42 road Junction 13
|West end:||A42 Junction 13|
The road begins just outside Loughborough Town Centre, near to The Rushes ( It heads out of town, crossing the A6004 Epinal Way and passing ).Loughborough University. On leaving the town, there is a short dual carriageway section, leading to the junction with Snells Nook Lane to Nanpanton and Woodhouse.
After this junction, the road returns to single carriageway for about 1 mile (1.6 km), to Junction 23 of the M1.
At this junction, much of the traffic from Loughborough turns off, and it is a much quieter A512 that enters Shepshed. After Shepshed, the road passes through Northern Charnwood Forest, near the villages of Peggs Green, Thringstone, Griffydam, Belton and Osgathorpe. Shortly before Ashby it passes Coleorton Hall on the right – a house which has played host to Scott, Wordsworth, Coleridge and others – now converted to apartments.
The A512 is 11 miles (18 km) long, with the M1 junction 8 miles (13 km) from the southern end.
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