The Welland Valley Wander passes through Leicestershire, Rutland, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.
The Quorn and Woodhouse station, opened in 1899 is one of the restored stations on the Great Central Railway, the UK’s only heritage Main Line track. Currently running from Loughborough to Leicester, the line is regularly used for period filming and runs a busy timetable throughout the year. A large car park serves the fascinating location which has been restored to a 1940’s theme. Besides the station itself, the site includes a bistro-style café and a NAAFI style refreshment room plus many interesting exhibits. The Welland valley Wander will start from the station where tea, coffee and breakfast rolls will be served.
The lunchtime halt will be either at the beautiful countryside setting of Launde Abbey, where you can enjoy your own picnic, or in the historic town of Uppingham – a small and very pretty English market town which is packed with honey-coloured buildings and interesting features. A number of eateries and cafes can be found around the town, catering for a range of tastes and pockets.
The finish will be be on the banks of the River Welland in the heart of the charming town of Stamford
Proclaimed by Sir Walter Scott as “the finest stone town in England”, Stamford was declared a conservation area in 1967. It has over 600 listed buildings of mellow limestone in the town centre including five medieval churches, all real gems.
A joyous coincidence of geography and geology has allowed Stamford to remain the “finest stone town in England”, its prosperity drawn from the wool trade and its historical position as a mail coach inter-change on the Great North Road almost halfway between London and York.
Stamford was the first town in the country to create a conservation area in 1967 and it has this to thank for the fact that over the subsequent half century much of its historical architectural heritage has remained intact. The large grassy area of The Meadows will host finishers with afternoon tea provided