It is close to the A5 road which forms the border with Warwickshire - the nearest town is Rugby, about four miles (6 km) south-west. The parish had a population of 179.
The village has given its name to the road junction where the M1, M6 and A14 roads meet, which is known to be regularly congested owing to its poor, and slightly dangerous design. The underpass used by the A14 under the M1 and M6, was built in 1965 for the former A427, which ran through Catthorpe to Swinford from Rugby across the A5.
Catthorpe briefly came to national attention in 1999 when alleged war criminal Konrāds Kalējs was discovered to be living at a nursing home near the village[
Major Road Links
Catthorpe is located close to Jct 19 of the M1 and also has very easy access to the A5, A14 and M6.
The towns of Leicester, Rugby, Lutterworth and Market Harborough are also within easy access.
The nearest health services are located in the nearby town of Lutterworth, only 5 miles away, and include;
The Wycliffe and Masharani Practices at the doctor's surgery on Gilmorton Road, LE17 4EB
The Fielding Palmer Cottage Hospital, Gilmorton Road, LE17 4DZ
Dentist’s offices and pharmacies throughout the town
Further hospital services are available in Leicester and Rugby, both of which are not too far out field of the village.
Councils and Authorities
The parish is Catthorpe Parish Meeting where their contact information can be found on their website.
The Community Forum is Lutterworth, Broughton Astley & Rural West.
The Neighbourhood Policing Unit is Lutterworth South.
The District Council is Harborough District Council.
Primary schools can be found in neighbouring village of Swinford.
The nearest secondary school is Lutterworth High, which has achieved an outstanding reputation, and the nearest upper school is Lutterworth College, which is heralded for having outstanding aspects.
The parish church is St Thomas in the village and the local pub is The Cherry Tree on Main Street.
Manor Farm Shop in the village offers a wide range of local and organic produce. A tea room is also available which attracts custom from the local towns and villages.
A substantial library is located on George Street in nearby Lutterworth, which is also home to a number of other facilities, such as the Leisure Centre and various sporting grounds.
Culture and Events
The village regularly hold fund raising events for the village facilities.
The Kilworth House Theatre, only a few miles outside the village, stages productions at their open air theatre and other performing arts groups regularly produce shows at the venue of Lutterworth College.
Clubs and Leisure
Leisure events are regularly held by the parish council. Further clubs and facilities are available in many of the nearby towns and villages.
Many clubs are located around the village, several at the Lutterworth Leisure Centre, and further afield at the Harborough Leisure Centre in Market Harborough. Other clubs include the Lutterworth Soccer Centre, Lutterworth Rugby, Lutterworth Golf Club, Kilworth Springs Golf Club, Ullesthorpe Golf Club and the Lutterworth Cricket Club all a short distance away.