The Welland Valley Wander passes through Leicestershire, Rutland, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.
Situated in Mountsorrel village near Loughborough, Stonehurst Farm is a proper working farm with a delightful tea room, farm shop and a fascinating motor museum. The collection of veteran, vintage and classic cars, motorcycles and motoring memorabilia has been built up over the past 50 years by the Duffin family. The exhibits include Leicestershire’s first motorised bus, 1930’s period garage, motorbikes from a 1922 ‘TT’ Ariel through to classic Vincent models and cars ranging from an original, unrestored 1911 Wolseley, Austin 7’s, Vauxhall 30-98 to 1960’s sports cars.
The event will start from Stonehurst where tea, coffee and breakfast rolls will be served.
The lunchtime halt will be at Stamford
The lunch halt will, appropriately, be on the banks of the River Welland at 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.
The finish will be be at Deene Park
Located 5 miles northeast of Corby in Northamptonshire, Deene Park has been the home of the Brudenell family for 500 years and was the seat of the 7th Earl of Cardigan who led the Charge of the Light Brigade in 1854. The house has grown in size as generations have made their own mark through the years, providing the visitor with an interesting mixture of styles.
The largely Tudor house is surrounded by historic gardens set in beautiful parkland with a formal section together with landscaped lakes and wild gardens.
The event will finish at Deene with afternoon tea and cakes.