More Stumbles

As you will see from the Calendar, we have quite a selection of walks to choose from in the local area. Some are exceptionally good in our opinion, so we decided to share them for others to enjoy.
Each of these walks has a downloadable map and guide in pdf format. We have also posted them on the Walk4Life website, which enables you to zoom in to the OS map for more detail, or out to see how to get there.

One of our favourite summer walks. It’s about 45 minutes drive from Stilton and a popular day out, so we usually leave a bit earlier than usual.You will enjoy some fascinating industrial heritage from the golden age of canal building, a bracing climb over Smeeton Hill, from where you have a splendid view, and a gentle towpath stroll back to a choice of refreshment opportunities.
A bracing hike over Smeeton Hill brings you back to a canal-side stroll back to Foxton Locks. March 2008.

Best enjoyed during the summer months; partly because some parts can be very muddy in winter but mostly to take advantage of the flying season at the Shuttleworth Collection, around which the walk passes.The route is fairly level, well waymarked, with a bit of walking on tarmac. It starts and ends next to one pub and passes another roughly halfway around.

Update 2016

Following the Southend disaster, airshow operators are required to take even greater safety precautions. At Old Warden, this involves closing the B658 in both directions and the footpath from the 658 alongside the airfield for the duration of the event. So if you do tackle this walk on a flying day you will have to forego the loop between the 658 and Warden Warren and road walk back to the village.

Still, it gets you back to the pub sooner…

The Shuttleworth Collection is, of course, well worth spending an entire day at. Stumblers recommended! Check the Shuttleworth flying calendar.

Shuttleworth's 1942 Supermarine Spitfire

An excellent whole-day outing, this starts on the Norfolk Coast Path before heading inland to Burnham Thorpe, the birthplace of Admiral Lord Nelson. Look for a fruit farm selling excellent plums in season. Discover the church that flies the White Ensign and enjoy a pub lunch where Nelson himself once treated villagers to dinner.
Refreshment stop at Burnham Thorpe, July 2008