I was annoyed by this. Greatford is one of the prettiest villages on the route. This is looking backwards with Greatford hall grounds on the right and the Macmillan Way on the left. Why the barbed-wire fence? As I travelled through the heart of ‘Middle England’, on no other occasion was I distracted by such an ugly means of saying ‘keep out’. What is the point? We are in a totally rural area: (Greatford’s telephone masts have to be made to look like spruce trees with false, pine-laden branches), yet this looks like its aimed at deterring inner city vandals!

A tale of two vistas! On the left, the entrance to Shillingthorpe Park, where the King George of ‘madness of’ fame was incarcerated. (Bet he never thought that his ride to the asylum would one day follow the Macmillan Way!) And on the right, the entrance to the romantically titled ‘Seven Acre Wood’. Hmm, I wonder if a £100 fine was such a threat after all...

Until...

Gradually, Stamford looms into view...

Closer..and closer...

Coming down to Cobb’s Nook Farm

Can you believe it? What a welcome to glorious Georgian Stamford! The town where ‘Middlemarch’ was filmed. Cited as one of the 16 best towns in England! Cross the stile at your peril - there appear to be more dogs than people judging by the muck all around!

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