Gandalf the VW’s home for the weekend is on the outskirts of Market Deeping, near to Peterborough. We’re staying at a C&MC CL called Keal Lodge– a slightly more manicured CL than we’ve stayed at before with each pitch having its own water intake and grey waste disposal and lovely hard standing pitches. We’ve got lovely neighbours…. ok we’re biased as they are family 😉
My Dad and Stepmum have joined us in their Hymer to celebrate their retirement and have a general post lockdown face to face catch-up.
We arrived mid afternoon to a very friendly and Covid safe check in and before long we had set up and were off to try a couple at the local pub; the Waterton Arms. Sadly COVID restrictions meant that their kitchen was not open, but luckily we were able to order a delivery to the site from nearby The Iron Horse Ranch House which was delicious!
Saturday soon arrived with a terrible forecast ahead, but not ones to let this affect our plans we had a bacon sandwich, got our wet weather gear on and made our way into Market Deeping.
You could be mistaken for thinking we’d arrived into the Cotswolds; the Georgian architecture was lovely and there were some really interesting buildings including the village cross which had a jail in the base; a lovely church, huge manor houses etc etc. We made a stop at Grasmere Farm butchers where we picked up some meats for dinner after, and tried a quick drink in the courtyard behind The Bull.
This point marked the start of the walk that I had prepared for us; a 5.5mile circular walk along the Stamford Canal to West Deeping and then back along the very picturesque River Welland.
We had a refreshment stop at The Red Lion in West Deeping which had a very lovely looking menu including local sausages from the butchers we’d visited- however sadly they were not serving until the insides reopen. Which was a shame as we were starting to feel peckish!
Our walk back to Market Deeping was picturesque and we saw numerous wildlife such as herons and egrets- and a beautiful swan protecting her eggs high upon her nest.
On arrival to the campsite we learned our 5.5mile walk was actually 9.5 miles- whoops; someone hadn’t considered the walk to the start of the walk! 🙋♀️
Dad settled in to watch the FA Cup final whilst Jenny, Keith and I prepared dinner; a bbq serving steak and sausages from the local butchers and the tastiest burger we’ve ever had; a beef and Stilton burger- my oh my it was AMAZING.
We managed to eat just in time before the heavens opened, so we ended up having an earlish night which was well needed- the walk on top of a very busy working week took it out of us.
Sunday dawned all too soon, and after a bit of excitement as we purchased something VERY exciting that will certainly enhance future trips – more on this another time- and a fry up; it was time to say our farewells. The weather gods had been on our side and we enjoyed the warmth of the sunshine as we relaxed this morning.
We’d had a great weekend – this was more about catching up than seeing the area however we all agreed that Market Deeping was a nice place to explore. We HIGHLY recommend a visit to Grasmere Farm butchers for your local meat fix. Our walk was really enjoyable – West Deeping was especially pretty.
Until next time