Return to Middlemarch with the Flying Scotsman


Fri-Sun Sep 27th-29th




£54 per person for 2 nights, including supplement


We have exclusive use of YHA Thurlby in Lincolnshire for a weekend exploring the wonderful heritage of Stamford, the Elizabethan jewel of Burghley and a trip with the Flying Scotsman on a preserved steam railway.

Friday night is meet and greet, relax get your bearings, pub is 2 minutes' walk and serves evening meals.

Saturday: We will travel to Stamford, the finest stone town in England. This stunning Georgian town is unique in retaining unchanged its historic architectural heritage. This has been the backdrop for television dramas such as Middlemarch and the film Pride and Prejudice and the Merchant Ivory dramas. Our 7 mile walk will take in the medieval churches of Stamford, the cobbled streets, almhouses and other features. The walk will continue to Burghley House, the captivating Elizabethan house, ancestral home of the Cecils. The parkland (designed by Capability Brown) is free to explore and affords fine views of the house. There is a fee to enter the house and sculpture gardens. There is a formal orangery serving afternoon tea or less formal garden cafe. In the evening we plan a meal at the near by horseshoe pub and restaurant.

Sunday: We plan to travel the short distance to the cathedral city of Peterborough. Sights to see: Peterborough Cathedral, St Johns Church and the Guild Hall. We can also watch the famous Flying Scotsman locomotive steam past on the Nene Valley Steam Railway which starts from the city. The Flying Scotsman is running all weekend on this heritage railway. Option to buy tickets (book early!) to travel on the Flying Scotsman train, tickets £33 see website link to book. Also option to visit Burghley House Sculpture Gardens if not enough time yesterday.


Hostel is self-catering. Tea and coffee will be provided. Pub very close to hostel. On days out, plenty of options with cafes and pubs or you can bring a packed lunch. Nearest pub / restaurant approximately 2 minutes away.


Thurlby is on the A15 between Peterborough and Bourne, from Stamford take the A6121 to Bourne and turn south. Thurlby is clearly signposted from the road, it's 2.5 miles from High Street, a right hand turn opposite the Horseshoe pub. Postcode PE10 0EE. Note there are 2 other Thurlby villages in Lincolnshire. Nearest train stations are Stamford or Peterborough. Buses to hostel or taxi. Car share available, please organise this with other members going.


Thurlby is a 15th century former village forge, there is parking onsite for up to 10/12 cars. Thurlby, Bourne, Lincolnshire, PE10 0EE. We have sole use for our group.