The Hereward Way

2008 and 2009
110 miles from Oakham in Rutland to Harling Road Station in Norfolk.
We used this path as training for the Coast to Coast walk in 2008 and for the Dales Way in 2009, completing it as several isolated stages rather than walking the whole thing in one go. Each stage was between 15 and 20 miles long and started and ended at a railway station on the main East-West line making the logistics a piece of cake.

Day 1 - Oakham to Stamford

27th March 2008.
16 miles (plus 3 miles or so for the walk to and from Peterborough train station). Initially walking along the northern shore of Rutland Water, then cutting south east to Ketton and Easton-on-the-Hill before heading northeast to end at Stamford.

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Day 2 - Stamford to Peterborough

31st March 2008.
16 miles (plus 3 miles return trip, home to the train station).
A saunter through the Burghley Estate, following the old roman road Ermine Street, then through Sacrewell Farm to join the River Nene at Wansford. Initially walking alongside the old Nene Valley Railway track, the walk then follows the Nene into Peterborough via The Boardwalks local nature reserve.

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Day 3 - Peterborough to March

21 miles - A walk from home. From Town Bridge in Peterborough, walking along the River Nene past Flag Fen sewage treament works to Whittlesey. More walking along fenland drains before heading out across fields to meet up with the River Nene Old Course, and a stroll into March.

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Day 4 - March to Ely

24 miles (and add 3 miles or so for the walk to and from Peterborough train station, plus 1 from March station to the start of the walk).

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Day 5 - Ely to Brandon

21 miles. After an overnight stay in Ely, including an excellent evening meal at The Boathouse, we were ready to set off bright-and-early.
Initially a very pleasant stroll through Ely and out into the surrounding countryside, but after Prickwillow, a long old tramp along roads, some with a lot of traffic, was not very enjoyable. Eventually, at Shippea Hill Station, we picked up a track-side path, bringing great relief (to both feet and brain).
Once we reached the River Little Ouse at Botany Bay things improved dramatically - lovely pastoral views until we reached Lakenheath Station, then quiet hedge-lined tracks, where we saw deer and a Barn Owl, all the way into Brandon.

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Day 6 - Brandon to Harling Road Station

15 miles. O.K., so glossing over the overnight stay in Brandon, this was a fine days' walking ... right up until the last couple of miles where the whole Hereward Way experience came to a less-than-spectacular finale walking through a grotty industrial estate. What a shame ....

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