Stamford river walk

Description

From the beautiful stone town of Stamford you will walk close to the river before returning alongside the dried bed of Stamford canal. This is a circular route.  The route is shown in red on the drawing.

Distance

Five miles (8 kilometres)
2.5 hours

Starting point
Tourist Information Centre (TIC) and Arts Centre
St Mary’s Street
Stamford
PE9 2DL
Grid reference TF 031 070
Directions
  1. Leave the TIC, turn right into St George’s Square. Follow the road on the right of St George’s church, Blackfriars Street. At the junction cross the road ahead with care and continue straight ahead along Albert Road. Cross the river Welland and turn left.
  2. At the T-junction with Barnack Road, and opposite an entrance to Burghley Park, turn left. Follow the roadside path for approximately 0.5 miles (one kilometre).
  3. Turn left along a public right of way. Cross the railway line with care and then turn right along a public footpath which forms part of the Torpel Way, a route that links Stamford with Peterborough. This section of path is uneven in places and there may be rabbit holes, please take extra care. Follow the path for 1.25 miles (2 kilometres) and into an open field. Walk along the bank for 150m before bearing right off the bank to a kissing gate and road.
  4. Turn left and cross the old stone bridge over the river Welland. Immediately after the bridge turn left along a public footpath.
  5. After approximately one mile (1.5 kilometres) and at a kissing gate and bridge over the canal turn left. Walk alongside the fence to a bridge.
  6. Cross the bridge and continue straight ahead across the field to walk between the hedge and the river. Follow the path, keeping the hedge on the right, to a kissing gate. Follow the track straight on past Hudds Mill before bearing right to continue along the track and bridleway.
  7. At the junction with a road turn left. At the roundabout bear left along Priory Road and past St Leonards Priory.
  8. At the end of Priory Road carry straight on along St Leonards Street. As the road bends right, turn left along St Georges Street. Follow the road round to the right in front of St George’s Church to St Georges Square. Cross St Georges Square to return to the starting point.
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Accessibility/suitability
Suitable for families with children.
Facilities available on this walk
  • linked to public transport
  • parking
  • refreshments
  • toilets
  • village/town
Features of this walk
  • historical interest
  • river
  • wildlife interest
Map of starting point