The rolling countryside to the west of Stilton offers some excellent walking, whether you’re a serious rambler or just enjoy a stroll after lunch.
In complete contrast, the nearby fenland conservation areas provide a fascinating glimpse into a lost environment and excellent opportunities for wildlife photography.
A pub walk to the Addison Arms in Glatton
(Caution: parts of this walk may be muddy after wet weather.) From the village pump, head south along High Street, through a gate near the Playing Field. Continue ahead before turning right along a footpath between hedges across the golf course. Cross a small wooden bridge and turn left, following the field edge through three kissing gates to a tarred road. Turn right.
In about 100 yards, at the waymark on your left, follow a footpath across fields up the slope to a kissing gate. Turn left along the old drove road into Glatton. Do NOT take the signposted footpath off to your right.
Reaching Glatton, turn left, pass the church and go ahead at the crossroads. The Addison Arms is on your right in about 100 yards. Enjoy a pub lunch!
Retrace your steps back along the drove road, but continue ahead, passing around a gate and follow the track to Denton. Continue ahead on the road through Denton until you reach a crossroads. Turn right and follow the road (beware of traffic) up over Caldecote hill and down into Stilton. Turn right at the T-junction with St Mary’s Road; bear left onto Church Street and continue ahead to your starting point.
A pub walk to The Fox in Folksworth
From the pump, follow Church Street. Bear right onto St Mary’s Road and immediately left onto Caldecote Rd. In about 200 yards go through the kissing gate on your right and proceed diagonally left uphill across the pasture. Go through the next kissing gate and follow a clear path across this arable field (caution: this may be muddy after wet weather). Proceed ahead along Blackmans Road, cross Hawthorn Road and follow the metalled footpath through the houses; turn right onto Washingley Rd and then left onto Manor Road. The Fox is on your right.
To return, either retrace your steps or make a longer circular walk by following Manor Road and Folksworth Road eastwards to Norman Cross and return down North Street to your starting point.
The Stilton Circuit
This is an interesting six-mile circular walk taking in some of the above routes. For a full description and a downloadable map, please see the Stilton Stumblers website.