Stamford and Rutland Water

July 9th 2018

Following the departure this morning of the last of the weekend participants we said farewell to my cousin who organises the annual event and motored off to Stamford a short distance away, even though we had programmed the sat nav to avoid the A1 it still took us on that route, I’m sure we are supposed to be in charge of these instruments!

Finding parking in Stamford isn’t easy I use Parkopedia as my guide it didn’t show a great deal of hope as most car parks had height barriers, there were road works and diversions in town and luckily they sent us on a route which passed Morrison’s with their large car park which we took advantage of.

We spent an hour in Stamford and could easily have spent at least double that but conscious of where we had parked we limited our time. It’s a beautiful unspoilt town and even buildings such as an unused church have sympathetically been converted into other use. It has a long history from Roman through Boudicca , Anglo Saxons, Danes to the Normans who built a castle there about 1075. Stamford stands on an ancient Roman Road which centuries later became a coaching road, the Burghley family, commencing with Sir William Cecil later Lord Burghley first minister of Queen Elizabeth 1st, having huge influence over its development across centuries.

When we left Stamford we motored a short distance into Rutland county and on to Rutland Water Campsite adjacent to the sailing club on the edge of Rutland Water.

Rutland is the smallest county in England and is another one I can tick off my list of counties stayed in, Rutland Water is a man made reservoir built during 1971-1975 and opened in 1976 as a water source for Anglia Water. The area provides a variety of water sports and it’s possible to cycle or walk around the perimeter of the reservoir.

The site has a number of touring caravans around the edges of the field that are obviously permanently sited here, there is no site hut and no one here to greet us and tell us where to park ( so different to the little Hitler rule enforcers on Caravan and Motorhome sites) speaking to one of the occupants of a caravan we discovered the owner of the site was away and we were expected to put the camping fee in a provided envelope and post it in the honesty box. What a difference.

The site is basic providing only water and a toilet emptying point but is in a good location and at the moment certainly quiet, we’ve had a good chat and swapped visits and information re solar panels, layouts etc with a neighbouring motor-homer.

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