Corby (5.2 miles)
Corby is being transformed thanks to a visionary programme of new developments that will see the town's population double in size to 100,000 in the next 30 years and create thousands of new jobs. More than 20 projects are underway and helping to make Corby a great place to live, work and visit. This includes Corby Cube, a landmark new arts centre/library and the Corby East Midlands International Pool which was opened in 2009.
Geddington (5.8 miles)
When Eleanor of Castile, the first wife of Edward I, died at Harby, near Lincoln, in 1290, the grief-stricken king was driven to create the most elaborate series of funerary monuments to any queen of England. He ordered the building of 12 elegant crosses to mark each of the resting places of his wife’s funeral procession as it travelled from Lincoln to her burial place at Westminster Abbey, London. The best-preserved of these lies at the centre of the little village of Geddington. An ancient packhorse bridge predates the 13th century cross, and the village also has a 12th century church.
Oundle (7.1 miles)
Oundle is a historic ancient market town in Northamptonshire on the river Nene, near the Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire borders. Its market has existed for over a thousand years and there continues to be a weekly market (on Thursdays) and a Farmers Market (second Saturday of the month). The town boasts 2 large schools, the well known Oundle School (Independent) and Prince William Comprehensive School, as well as lower, middle schools and a preparatory school.
Thrapston (7.1 miles)
Kettering (9.2 miles)
Kettering can trace its origins back to an early Roman British settlement. By the 17th century the town was a centre for the production of woollen cloth but the present town mostly grew up in the 19th century with the development of the boot and shoe industry and the coming of the railway. The town's Heritage Quarter in Sheep Street houses the Manor House Museum and the Alfred East Gallery, the largest in Northamptonshire and commemorates one of Kettering's most famous residents, the painter Sir Alfred East RA.
Uppingham (13.7 miles)
Enjoy shopping amongst honey-coloured buildings in a distinctly charming English market town. A wealth of history and a host of excellent shops can be found in Rutland’s smaller market town of Uppingham - the town's weekly market is held on a Friday.
Stamford (18.7 miles)
Stamford is a unique treasure trove of provincial English architecture built in the finest lincolnshire limestone. Cobbled streets, 11 churches, real ale pubs, Stamford streets have been used as a film location for Pride and Prejudice.
Oakham (20.1 miles)
Oakham is a pretty, traditional English market town, bustling with activity and current holder of a coveted Britain in Bloom award. Packed with heritage, there’s plenty to see in Oakham with markets every Wednesday and Saturday and a Farmers market on the third Saturday of every month. Oakham also has a Castle, Stocks and Buttercross in the Market Square.