Explore The LOCAL AREA
Pictured: Burghley House Stamford, Rutland Water, Holme Fen, Kings College Cambridge, Woodwalton Fen
Without needing to drive anywhere, The Lodge is great for anyone just wanting a walk, run or cycle, simply turn right out of the gate and enjoy the countryside!
Of course, if you prefer horse riding, there are some friendly local stables a few minutes walk away, find out more details here: www.yaxleyridingcentre.com
Eat In or Out
Turn left, out of The Lodge gate and within two minutes of walking you can be in The Bollywood Tiger Indian Restaurant, www.bollywood-tiger.co.uk or Antonino’s Pizzeria, www.antoninospizzeria.co.uk – they both provide takeaway if you prefer to eat in. Talking of takeaways, within the same distance, Chan’s Garden, provides Peking, Cantonese and Thai cuisine; www.chansgarden.simplesite.com.
Stretch your legs a little further and for another two minutes walk, you could be in Sophie T’s Vintage Teashop, www.sophiets.co.uk or at a traditional pub diner, The Three Horseshoes, www.facebook.com/TheThreeHorseshoesYaxley/.
Our Local City Peterborough
If you need a few more shops or eating places, just four miles away is Peterborough. “It’s known for the 12th- and 13th-century Peterborough Cathedral, with its Gothic facade. In a former hospital building, the Peterborough Museum has a reconstructed Victorian operating theatre, plus fossils and paintings. Flag Fen Archaeology Park features Bronze Age village and causeway remains. Nene Park is home to woodlands, footpaths and Ferry Meadows recreation area.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peterborough
It’s worth mentioning Stamford, another local town with a variety of pretty stone buildings and older timber-framed buildings which have been used as a backdrop to films such as the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice starring Keria Knightley and Matthew MacFadeyn. Also, “the town centre is home to many independents and draws people from a wide area for the pleasure of shopping, often in traffic-free streets. There are numerous gift shops, men’s and women’s outfitters, shoe shops and florists, as well as hair salons, beauty therapists and eateries.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stamford,_Lincolnshire.
If you prefer more walking and countryside activities, there is Crown Lakes Country Park, our local country park which is a brief car ride away; www.ohhampton.co.uk/living-working/crown-lakes/.
Then there is also, a little further away, Grafham Water – the fifth-largest lake of England by surface area (2.42 sq. mi); en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grafham_Water.
A few more ideas for local places to visit
Visitor facilities include the Orangery restaurant, gift shop, gardens and beautiful walks around the historic parkland laid out by Capability Brown and still occupied by a herd of fallow deer.”
“Explore peaceful paths through the reeds, hear the calls of birds and watch dragonflies dart along the water’s edge. Woodwalton Fen is a paradise for nature lovers and photographers, and a window into a lost world. Woodwalton Fen is now one of only four remaining fragments of the ancient fens. It would not exist if it were not for Charles Rothschild, successful banker and wildlife enthusiast. Rothschild bought Woodwalton Fen in 1910 to ensure that at least one part of the ancient fens would not disappear forever.”
Cambridge became an important trading centre during the Roman and Viking ages, and there is archaeological evidence of settlement in the area as early as the Bronze Age. The world-renowned University of Cambridge was founded in 1209.”
“With Durham and Ely Cathedrals, Peterborough Cathedral is one of the most important 12th-century buildings in England to have remained largely intact, despite extensions and restoration.
Peterborough Cathedral is known for its imposing Early English Gothic West Front (façade) which, with its three enormous arches, is without architectural precedent and with no direct successor.”
“Nene Valley Railway is the UK’s leading international steam attraction, based at Wansford Station, and covering the stations of Overton (for Ferry Meadows), Orton Mere, Yarwell Junction, and Peterborough.
As both a living heritage railway, which is tended to by its loyal band of volunteers and a thriving attraction for the public to enjoy all year round. Nene Valley Railway offers the chance to experience the thrill of riding a steam engine; learn about the railway’s history; and explore the picturesque surroundings of the Nene Valley area.“
“Rutland Water is a popular sports centre – as well as water sports such as sailing visitors enjoy fishing, walking and cycling along a 25 miles (40 km) perimeter track. A pleasure cruiser, the Rutland Belle, carries people around the lake. Birdwatching brings visitors from far afield. The former butterfly centre at Sykes Lane has been turned into Bugtopia – The Zoo.”
Located in the picturesque converted stables of the Napoleonic PoW Camp which occupied this site, the Gallery has a regularly changing exhibition space which features both local artists and those from further away.”
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