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Tourism project Explorer’s Road highlights destinations along the A1 in Stamford and Oakham

A new generation of explorers is set to discover this area thanks to a major national and international tourism project.

Stamford and Oakham are highlighted as destinations on the Explorer’s Road - www.explorersroad.com - promoting quintessentially English cultural and historic attractions along the A1 from Newcastle to Hertfordshire.

Originally aimed at the international market, the project was hit by air travel disruption during the pandemic. It is now focused on domestic tourism and will re-engage with international visitors as restrictions lift.

Explorers Road map
Explorers Road map

The 300 mile route includes: Berwick, Newcastle, Durham, Alnwick, Bishop Auckland, Barnard Castle, Darlington, Richmond, York, Leeds, Selby, Lincoln, Southwell, Newark, Grantham, Oakham, Stamford, Uppingham, Hitchin and Hertford.

In South Kesteven, it includes 16 local tourism sites including gardens, stately homes, tours of Stamford, Grantham Museum, hotels and visitor cottages, luxury glamping, an alpaca farm and a specialist horse carriage driving business.

South Kesteven District Council's cabinet member for culture and the visitor economy Rosemary Trollope-Bellew (Con) said: “We have supported this project since its launch. It’s a really exciting initiative where a visitor can book ahead along the route, and we are delighted that so many of our visitor attractions are set to benefit.

Grimsthorpe Castle
Grimsthorpe Castle

“The Great North Road is a route travelled by the English for 2,000 years. The Explorer’s Road highlights reasons to turn off the beaten track and discover the wealth of amazing local places to visit in a Covid-safe manner, some of them truly unique and best kept secrets.”

Attractions and accommodation set to benefit from the Explorer’s Road, funded by the Discover England Fund, include:

  • Burghley House
  • Stamford Guided Tours
  • Grimsthorpe Castle
  • Easton Walled Gardens
  • Belton House
  • Belvoir Castle
  • Grantham Museum
  • J&J Alpacas, Dry Doddington
  • Bennington Carriages, Long Bennington
  • Angel and Royal Hotel, Grantham
  • Belton Woods
  • National Trust cottage, Belton
  • Millside Glamping Cabins
  • Easton Walled Gardens Cottages
  • William Cecil Hotel, Stamford
  • The Bull and Swan Inn, Stamford
Easton Walled Gardens
Easton Walled Gardens

The Explorer’s Road is being promoted by the Newcastle Gateshead Initiative (NGI), which has partnered with London North Eastern Railway (LNER) to offer rail travel options alongside state of the art online booking for visitor locations.

A UK-focused website and marketing campaign has now launched and will engage with the international visitor market including Europe and North America as worldwide covid guidelines change.

Visit England Director Andrew Stokes said: “The Discover England funding will help to keep England's tourism products and experiences front-of-mind for domestic and international travellers and support local businesses which have been working so hard to welcome visitors back safely, adapting and innovating to meet new ways of working and still providing a great visitor experience."

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