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Pub strolls: Stilton
The Bell Inn Stilton
The Bell Inn, Stilton
Take a stroll in Stilton, the village famous for giving stilton cheese its name! Try coming during May Day Bank Holiday and you'll see the World Cheese Rolling Championship, held annually on Stilton High Street!
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Pub strolls: Ely

Pub strolls: Fen Ditton

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Cheese Rolling is an annual event in Stilton and every Mayday hundreds of villagers and visitors make their way to the main street to watch the teams battling for the honour of being called the 'Stilton Cheese Rolling Champions'.

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Our second pub stroll offers walkers (and pubgoers!) a pleasant rural stroll of hills and dips, through Stilton to the hamlet of Denton.

Start and return point The Bell Inn, Stilton
Distance 3 1/4 miles
OS Explorer map ref. 227/GR 163892

Directions to start:
Leave the A1 at the junction with the A15 (Norman Cross) and from the roundabout take the B1043 exit. Follow the B1043 and continue into Stilton. The Bell is on the left in the High Street. Parking is available on the road outside the Bell Inn

About the Bell Inn
Known as the birthplace of Stilton Cheese, this 16th century inn's past visitors include highwayman Dick Turpin and poet Lord Byron. The pub offers an array of real ales and an award-winning restaurant, with overnight accommodation. Telephone: (01733) 241066.

Off we go!
1. Leaving the Bell Inn, turn right and follow the High Street to Church Street. Turn left and follow Church Street, past St Mary Magdalene church and on to a sharp right-hand bend in the road. Leave the road at this bend and follow the public footpath sign straight on along a single track metalled road (which runs between the houses) for roughly 50 yards to a dirt/gravel track driveway.

Countryside views
Lovely views en route

At the entrance to the driveway, follow the public footpath sign straight on towards a house. At the house, continue on the dirt track to the left, into the trees, and follow a yellow waymark arrow over a wooden stile. On the other side of the stile, follow the grass track across the field to another wooden stile. Cross it, over the wooden stile and follow the yellow waymark arrow straight on, across another field; take care at the stile, it crosses over an electrified fence!

2. Pass through a gap in the hedgerow, crossing over a small wooden plank footbridge, and continue straight on across the field. Pass by the end of the hedgerow, bear slightly left and follow the path down along a shallow gully towards the tallest copse of trees. Do not follow the paths to the left or the right at this junction.

3. Cross over the wooden stile and continue on across the field to Red Hill Farm, Denton. At the farm, cross over the metal gate and continue along the public right of way through the small, narrow field, past the farmhouse and on to a single-track metalled road. Turn left and follow this road for about 100 yards to a junction. Bear left at the junction (do not turn right) and continue along the single-track metalled road (past the metal gate) for roughly 2/3 mile.

4. Turn left, cross over a wooden stile and follow the dirt/grass track for approximately 1/4 of a mile, keeping the hedgerow to the right hand side. At the corner of the field, pass through a gap in the hedgerow, climb over a wooden stile and follow the yellow waymark arrows across a wooden footbridge. On the other side of the footbridge, continue straight on for about 300 yards to a footpath junction, following the dirt track and keeping the hedgerow to the right-hand side.

5. Turn right at the footpath junction, cross over a wooden footbridge and follow the fenced-off grass track to cut across the golf course, keeping the hedgerow to the left-hand side. After 300 yards, the track ends at a junction with a concrete path. Turn left and follow the public footpath sign along the concrete path towards Stilton. The path ends at the start of the High Street. Follow the High street all the way back to the Bell Inn. Now you can relax and unwind with a pint!

This walk features as Walk 5 in the Pub Strolls in Cambridgeshire book by Ady Collier. Photographs and information reproduced with kind permission of Countryside Books.

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