The Welland Valley Wander will take place in 2018 on Sunday 19 August. The start will be close to the source of the river Welland at Hothorpe Hall near Market Harborough. The lunchtime halt will be at one of England’s hidden gems – the impressive Grimsthorpe Hall in South Lincolnshire, before returning for the finish to Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, near Lutterworth.
Some photographs from this year’s event have been added to the 2017 Gallery page. These were taken by Chris Glasby, Ben Powers and Dave Cram. More will be added at a later date.
The fifth Welland Valley Wander enjoyed fantastic weather for another great event. A few pictures from the day. A full album will follow in due course.
The fifth running of the Welland Valley Wander sees a bumper entry with a record number of 85 cars on the entry list. Start Times and Final Instructions have now been distributed to participants and are also shown on this website. Please note that there may be updates and amendments to the start list before the event as cars and occupants change.
The Final Instructions for the 2017 event will be sent by email to all participants around 3/4 August. Once again, we will attach the route narrative so that it can be read at leisure before the event. We are heading for another bumper entry, but due to the locations being used, we are not bridled by a upper limit on entries so if you have friends who wish to come or you have not yourself entered, please use the entry form on another page on this website.
We are on track for another bumper entry in 2017. Entries received so far are now shown on a separate webpage. If you are intending to enter, there are still places available and we will be happy to see you. You can either download an entry form for the webpage on this site, or send an email via the contact page and we will contact you by return.
Participants have a choice for the lunch stop this year. Those wishing to picnic can choose the picturesque settings of the grass meadows at Launde Abbey. As an alternative, for those who wish to be catered for, Uppingham School have kindly agreed to allow the quads within the walls of the school grounds to be used for parking before a short walk to any of the various pubs, coffee shops of hotels serving lunchtime refreshments.
A new start venue has been announced for the 2017 Welland Valley Wander. The fascinating Quorn Station on the Great Central Railways heritage line will be the start-point for the tour. As the location is to the west of Leicester, the event will travel through the little-known Charnwood Forest before moving east towards Uppingham and then onwards into Lincolnshire to finish at Stamford on the river meadows alongside the Welland. In recognition of the new areas to be visited, perhaps the title should be ‘The Wreake, Soar and Welland Valleys Wander’!
The fifth Welland Valley Wander will be announced at the HRCR Open Day at Gaydon on Saturday 14 January 2017. Full details will be updated on this website and details will also be distributed to past participants. The event, to be held on Sunday 13 August 2017, will see a new start venue and a return to a favourite place for the finish.