This one is Friend orientated from Nottinghamshire to Milton Keynes.
Starting point is Cotgrave a village close to the Grantham canal, near the Fosse way to the town of Milton Keynes a distance of 59 miles. The walk will be broken up so we can take in the sites of various towns along the way.
Cotgrave to Melton Mowbray 14 miles
Melton Mowbray to Market Harborough 22 miles
MarketHarborough to Brixworth 10.9 miles rounded up to 11 miles for ease of counting
Brixworth to Roade 12 miles
Roade to Milton Keynes 12 miles
All milage is worked out using Google maps
This is Cotgrave
Coal was discovered here as late as 1950 and people were relocated to Cotgrave from other the North East of England to mine the coal.
This is part of the Grantham Canal that is north of Cotgrave
This article tells you a bit about the canal an its history and how it is now being re-opened
Grantham Canal Cotgrave
As we reach each destination I will add pictures and information about the area we have arrived at.
The first leg of our journey is
Cotgrave to Melton Mowbray a distance of 14 Miles
Map from Cotgrave to Melton Mowbray
Date started 1st November 2014
Arriving at Melton Mowbray 8th November we learn about the town.
Melton Mowbray is an old Market town and still has a large livestock market.
I had the good fortune to visit the town this year and really enjoyed the day.
It was refreshing to find a town that still has a real High Street with all the shops still intact like a real butchers shop. The market holds stalls that have really fresh fruit and vegetables and stalls that have fresh baked cakes and pies.
Melton Mowbray is famous for it Pork Pies and a visit to the Olde Pork Pie Shoppe is a must.
We bought a pork pie and have it in the freezer ready for Christmas as a reminder of our visit.
The town has some lovely old buildings and one of them houses the Museum and is well worth a visit as it is a reminder of days past and what we once had.
We had a rest sitting on the bench pictured and talked about some of the things we had seen like to old fashioned toys and the items that were used by our parents and grandparents. The old telephone box with its notices and how to use the the phone was a blast from the past. How would people manage today without their mobile phones? Old toys that were part of our childhood would seem boring to children today but much loved by us.
Take a trip round the Museum use the links on the left hand side of the page.
See the Museum
So what is Melton Mowbray like? well have a look at this site and be taken on a journey into the town and its history.
So onto the next part of our journey:
Melton Mowbray to Market Harborough 22 miles see you there.
Market Harbourough is an old Market town and still has ome lovely old buildings.
|St Dionysius Church and Old Grammar School|
To get a feel of Market Harborough a trip to the Museum is a good idea as it will take you back in time to the Roman's and you can see the Iron age treasure that was discovered in the year 2000.
Museums are far from the dusty boring places they used to be so always worth a visit if you wat to discover the history of the town. Museum follow the various links to discover more about the museum and what it holds.
It is well worth a detour of 10 miles to visit Rockingham Castle trust me you will not be disappointed it costs £9.50 per adult rather expensive but the tour is good and you learn a lot about the history as well.
So onto the next leg of our journey Market Harborough to Brixworth a distance of 10.9 miles rounded up to 11 miles