The Welland Valley Wander passes through Leicestershire, Rutland, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.
The River Welland rises in the Hothorpe Hills at Sibbertoft and passes close to the lovely Hothorpe Hall Hotel. The present house was built in 1801 on the site of an earlier Tudor mansion. The hall is close to the Leicestershire and Northamptonshire border just a few miles from Market Harborough and next to the village of Theddingworth.
The event will start from the hall where tea, coffee and breakfast rolls will be served.
The lunchtime halt will be at Grimsthorpe Castle
Rising majestically from the undulating landscape of South Lincolnshire, Grimsthorpe Castle is set in extensive parkland designed by Capability Brown. One of Hidden England’s gems, the castle was the final masterpiece of Sir John Vanburgh, architect of Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard. The manicured lawns and the impressive approach lead to the castle and exquisite formal gardens. Welland Valley Wanderers can elect to picnic in the park or take refreshments in the tearoom.
The finish will be be at Bruntingthorpe
The end of the event will be in the enclosed confines of Bruntingthorpe airfield with its fascinating collection of aircraft and wide open runways. Cold war military planes mingle with light aircraft and huge airliners. After use as a military airfield, the site was subsequently owned by the Rootes group and subsequently, the Chrysler Motor Corporation, and used for vehicle testing. Now controlled by the Walton family, car testing still takes place along with the storage of vehicles and aircraft as well as events and corporate hospitality.