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Helpston Village—the home of John Clare

Helpston Village

Peasant Poet—John Clare Country

A drive through the villages and landscapes of local poet John Clare, known as the peasant poet, with a walk around his native village, Helpston. Clare lived through a period of great change in the English countryside and died in the Northamptonshire asylum, but the Helpston of his childhood always remained his inspiration.

Castor Church

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Castor ChurchBadge

Fine churches grace the stone-built villages around Peterborough. This driving tour takes you through a number of these villages and gives you the opportunity to visit at least three churches. These may include St. Kyneburgha’s, Castor, with its fine Norman tower, St. John the Baptist, Barnack, with its Saxon stonework and the Minster church at Fotheringhay, connected to the Royal House of York.  Fotheringhay was where  Mary, Queen of Scots spent her last days before her execution, Castor’ and Barnack’s origins go back to Roman times.

Historic Villages and their Churches

Wisbech and Fenland

A walk round Wisbech, known as the capital of the fens, followed by a tour of Fenland and an insight into how this unique landscape came to be.