The holiday starts at Oakham Station, early afternoon, and we begin with a very “local” afternoon. We are going to hunt out owls and falcons, gaze at a maze, and see an impressive viaduct in an unusual afternoon bimble around the UK’s smallest county.
Off to the Peterborough area today for a “posh” train combination. The Nene Valley Railway is well known, and rightly so. but perhaps less so is the charming Ferry Meadows Railway in... Ferry Meadows! On the way back to Rockingham we drop in at the Rocks by Rail Living Ironstone Museum for local industrial/railway history and a steam hauled brake-van rides.
We drive this morning into Leicestershire, heading for Quorn and a morning on the Great Central Railway reliving the age of main line steam. Later, we enjoy a cosmic experience at the nearby National Space Centre…..a series of enormous empty rooms (joke!!) and visit the adjacent Abbey Pumping Station for beam engines and nostalgic memorabilia galore. Our finale to the holiday takes us this evening to Rockingham Castle for a guided tour followed by candlelit dinner - how about that!
A very simple and relaxed final morning sees us sailing on nearby Rutland Water aboard The Rutland Belle among the pleasure boats and wildfowl. Time in Oakham to find some lunch and explore this delightful old market town before homeward bound journeys commence from Oakham Station.