February 24th 2019.
In February, Doncaster Outsiders set off south into The Unknown. Our destination was Stamford in Lincolnshire. Group A started on the edge of Stamford, following the route of Ermine Street, a major Roman road, then strolled along the sleepy River Welland to Tinwell in Rutland. Group B started at Tinwell Forge, making their way through All Saints Churchyard, over the river and up the hill.
By the time Group A reached Tinwell, Group B were already at Easton-on-the-hill in Northamptonshire. They visited The Priest’s House with some interesting exhibitions, then onto the Peace Gardens and then a coffee.
Group A weren’t far behind. They visited The Priest’s House and All Saints Church, stopping for coffee at The Peace Gardens.
Feeling refreshed, both groups continued through the village and onto Wothorpe Towers, the Tudor country cottage on the Cecil Estate.
We passed under the A1 and over the border into Cambridgeshire, fourth county of the day for Group A. We continued down Wothorpe Hill and through St Martins Without to Burghley House. We entered the park through the Bottle Lodges Gate and stopped for a breather. Burghley House is one of the finest Tudor buildings in the country. The park is vast and we had perfect weather for it.
Finally we crossed back over the River Welland, by Albert Bridge, to Stamford and a pint at St Mary’s Vaults.
The afternoon walk meandered through the town, taking a glimpse at Stamford’s history. Stamford was originally a Saxon settlement and prospered because of its links, via the Welland to the ports on the Wash. At the time of the Norman invasion, it was one of the ten largest towns in England. In 1967, it was awarded conservation status and today it has over 600 listed buildings, which gives it an olde world charm. A great day was had by all.
Thank you to Viv and to Kev for leading Groups A and B. Thank you to everyone else for your company and the wonderful photos, which help to tell the story. We are always looking for new ideas for walks. If you have an idea, then why not have a chat with Phil, Bev or Viv. John leads our next walk around Wharrem Percy in North Yorkshire. The date is Sunday March 24th. We hope to see you there,