Advice re Stamford and Ferry Meadows please

WayTwoGo replied on 15/04/2019 22:43

Posted on 15/04/2019 22:43

Not knowing the area at all, we'd like some advice about Ferry Meadows and Stamford Club sites.

We will have only about  a  week - which will include travelling from Pembrokeshire and back so we think we'd need overnight stops.

Using our motorhome, we'd take bikes with us.

Would like to visit the Cathedral in Peterborough, Burghley House and Stamford. Possibly Oundle too. (Not sure why, but I gather it's an attractive place! Although I am wondering if I am confusing it with Olney. Friends took me to one or the other many, many moons ago when I was staying with them at Blisworth.)

Would it be better to split the stay between the two Club sites, or just stay at Ferry Meadows?

Maybe visit Burghley the day we leave one site en route to the other?

I understand that cycling from Ferry Meadows into Peterborough is fine???? Is there a decent cycle route from the Stamford site to the town? Or better to drive there?

Where else is not to be missed? Is what I have planned OK in that time scale?

(We will be planning to travel  "when the hurlyburly's done" - i.e. after the Easter holidays, and, ideally, after the Mayday weekend too.)

Comments and suggestions would be most helpful. Thanks.

 

 

takethedogalong replied on 15/04/2019 23:01

Posted on 15/04/2019 23:01

It’s a fairly busy site. Cycling into Peterborough is easy, although if the Cathedral is your destination, you will have to get off and push through pedestrian precincts. We took bike locks with us, and a very kind guide kept an eye on our bikes outside Cathedral. The park surrounding the site is very bike friendly, we hopped on and off at various bird hides. It is heaving at weekends, a very busy place. The Nene Valley Railway runs next to the site, so if you are lucky you might get to see some great steam trains. It was used as Russian railway in Goldeneye.

We visited Ely from here, again another fabulous Cathedral and pretty little town. Oliver Cromwell’s house is in Ely as well. Can’t help on Oundle, and Stamford/Burghley is a day trip for us,  so haven’t used Stamford site. Burghley is impressive.

Another place we visited from FM was Fotheringhay. Although the castle is very ruinous, it’s still worth walking around, but the true gem is the Church. It houses the Yorkist tombs dating from War of the Roses, and is chock full of history. Not sure how big your MH is, but we had no issues parking at both Ely and Fotheringhay.

http://friends-of-fotheringhay-church.co.uk/history/

 

Tinwheeler replied on 15/04/2019 23:03

Posted on 15/04/2019 23:03

I can’t help with most of your questions, WTG, but the park at Ferry Meadows is tremendous. We’ve never managed to walk all the way round it and there’s scope for at least a couple of days cycling I guess. 

Rutland Water isn’t far and well worth a visit. 

WayTwoGo replied on 15/04/2019 23:17

Posted on 15/04/2019 23:01 by takethedogalong

It’s a fairly busy site. Cycling into Peterborough is easy, although if the Cathedral is your destination, you will have to get off and push through pedestrian precincts. We took bike locks with us, and a very kind guide kept an eye on our bikes outside Cathedral. The park surrounding the site is very bike friendly, we hopped on and off at various bird hides. It is heaving at weekends, a very busy place. The Nene Valley Railway runs next to the site, so if you are lucky you might get to see some great steam trains. It was used as Russian railway in Goldeneye.

We visited Ely from here, again another fabulous Cathedral and pretty little town. Oliver Cromwell’s house is in Ely as well. Can’t help on Oundle, and Stamford/Burghley is a day trip for us,  so haven’t used Stamford site. Burghley is impressive.

Another place we visited from FM was Fotheringhay. Although the castle is very ruinous, it’s still worth walking around, but the true gem is the Church. It houses the Yorkist tombs dating from War of the Roses, and is chock full of history. Not sure how big your MH is, but we had no issues parking at both Ely and Fotheringhay.

Posted on 15/04/2019 23:17

Our m/home is not that big. 6.75m in length but quite narrow. We don't encounter many parking problems.

But from what you are saying it sounds an area full of interest. And places reflecting historical periods which fascinate me. Maybe  we need to allow longer that the time available to us and it might be better to wait for another opportunity??? Tantalizing!

(We had been thinking in terms of our usual short getaway, up to the Llŷn, but then I had  hankering after somewhere totally new.)

Thank you.

brue replied on 16/04/2019 09:52

Posted on 16/04/2019 09:52

There is a lot more to do just off site at Ferry Meadows, Stamford has a good set up in the woods but it's limited to those woods and the café which is often busy especially at weekends, although you'll see the Red Kites so that's a bonus!

We parked up our M/H easily at Burghley, the parkland is expansive and there's plenty of room. We didn't manage to park up in Stamford itself it was very busy, so an early visit is needed.

I think both sites have lots to offer but possibly FM with Peterborough so close by has the edge on some things. That said I love the countryside around Stamford and Rutland.

So the choice is a big facility site at FM adjoining a Country Park and easy access to Peterborough (also a train in the park!) Or the more rural Stamford with no facilities but some excellent woodland walks and cycle  rides and Red Kites on view. I think I'd be tempted to do both sites if possible. smile

WayTwoGo replied on 16/04/2019 09:57

Posted on 16/04/2019 09:52 by brue

There is a lot more to do just off site at Ferry Meadows, Stamford has a good set up in the woods but it's limited to those woods and the café which is often busy especially at weekends, although you'll see the Red Kites so that's a bonus!

We parked up our M/H easily at Burghley, the parkland is expansive and there's plenty of room. We didn't manage to park up in Stamford itself it was very busy, so an early visit is needed.

I think both sites have lots to offer but possibly FM with Peterborough so close by has the edge on some things. That said I love the countryside around Stamford and Rutland.

So the choice is a big facility site at FM adjoining a Country Park and easy access to Peterborough (also a train in the park!) Or the more rural Stamford with no facilities but some excellent woodland walks and cycle  rides and Red Kites on view. I think I'd be tempted to do both sites if possible. smile

Posted on 16/04/2019 09:57

That was my thought Brue - visit both and go to, say, Burghley on the day we move from one to the other.

Does anyone know if cycling from the Stamford site to the town is easy and safe?  (As in not too hair raising.)

DavidKlyne replied on 16/04/2019 10:18

Posted on 16/04/2019 10:18

WTG

I think you may find that from Top Lodge (sorry Stamford) you will be cycling along the main A43 unless the site can suggest a back way? We quite like the site which has no toilet block. Lots of walking from the site.

Ferry Meadows is all things to all men! It is a good starting point for touring. You can leave your outfit on site with lots of walking immediately from the site. There is a steam railway if that is your thing. The bus stop is a bit of a hike but not too far. There is a pub and garden centre within walking distance. Road communications are very good from Ferry Meadows for exploring further away. If you are taking bikes make sure you have decent security for them whilst on site as I understand there have been a few issues.

David

brue replied on 16/04/2019 10:26

Posted on 16/04/2019 10:26

I don't think I'd want to cycle into Stamford from Top Lodge either David! (I expect someone will say they've done it but the roads are busy.)

edit I've just checked there is a ring and collect bus service for the site, I wonder how good that is but it sounds as though it might be ok?

WayTwoGo replied on 16/04/2019 20:41

Posted on 16/04/2019 20:41

Thanks both. I did look on Google Maps and, from what I could discern, didn't fancy the cycle ride into Stamford along that road. You've confirmed that for me.

Ferry Meadows sounds.... intriguing!

Taking notes.

 

 

nelliethehooker replied on 16/04/2019 20:42

Posted on 16/04/2019 20:42

Agree with brue and David about not trying to cycling into Stamford from the site. You could of course park up in Burghley (free parking) and easily cycle into Stamford. Alternatively if coming from the Stamford site drive past the road to Burghley and take the next right, just before the river bridge, and you could well find a parking spot along that road, if you're early or lucky enough, and crossing the foot bridge take you up into the town, as we did earlier this year. Rutland Water, easily accessed from Stamford site is good for cycling, and there are plenty of pay and display car parks.

JVB66 replied on 16/04/2019 20:57

Posted on 16/04/2019 20:57

Ferry Meadows although more costly wins every time ,it is the ideal motor caravan site as will be noted with how many are now using it, the cycle ride into Peterborough is a flat 3miles with no traffic, there are two cafes on Nene Park 10%discount with cc mem cardcool

 

Stamford (Top Lodge)is a non facilty site (toilet in cafe complex) but certainly no where near Stamford and A43 not a road to cycle on