Nevertheless, it makes a fine cycle ride as the surface is quite good and there are some pretty villages and some interesting buildings in the vicinity. In particular Belvoir Castle, seat of the Dukes of Rutland stands on a ridge high above the rolling fields and the view from there makes the climb worth the effort.
Also Harlaxton Manor now Harlaxton College a branch of the American University Evansville College.
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The first port of call is to turn onto the entrance drive towards Harlaxton College which is behind these locked gates, but fortunately there is a narrow entrance for pedestrians and cyclists to the left of the wall.
The entrance gates are impressive but wait until you see the house...........
The long and impressive drive gives an idea of the size of the grounds, the actual building being hardly visible in the distance although you can just make out the arch at the lodge gates.
Anyway a relief to get away from the road traffic. Very few cars pass this way. Nor should they since "Roads were not built for cars" according to Carlton Reids new book.
The main building is just visible now through the lodge arch, but the public may go no further.
Some fine architectural detailing above the archway.
And this is the house/college, not normally open to the public
On now to Harlaxton village
which like many villages in East Anglia, has a unique sign on the
Interesting chimneys, which appear to have been extended, either to improve the up-draught for the open fires or perhaps to impress the neighbours.
Here at the Sustrans mile post, Route 15 leaves the canal bank onto a disused railway track.
.............. for the ride back to Grantham