The Way Back Home

Oakham Travel Blog

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We took a slower morning, and enjoyed the full, included breakfast before packing up and leaving the hotel.  We had a little bit of a detour planned for the journey home, and our first stop was to be the pretty town of Oakham.  The town itself was far smaller than I expected, and easily walkable in just a handful of minutes.  Again it was market day, but it wasn't overly interesting for us.  Instead we moved on to the castle. 

The castle is quite unique, and certainly not characteristic of what you'd expect a castle to be.  It is free entry, and resembles more of a church-like look to it than a castle.  Inside it is decorated with collections of horse shoes, which all hold a story.  Certain aristocratic visitors had to forefeit a horseshoe when visiting the castle for the first time, and some date back more than five hundred years.

  It wasn't really worth much more of a stop for us, and so we contined to move around the town, and see the old school grounds, and the church.  We then decided to grab a coffee in one of the plentiful coffee shops.  Sadly we chose one that was reasonably busy, and it seemed to take forever for our coffee to arrive.  We gave up after about fifteen minutes of waiting (when we noticed other people leave, who came in after us, and had also got frustrated with the waiting time), and went to another place, and got served immediately. 

After the coffee we moved on.  We'd seen pretty much everything the town had to offer in a very short space of time, and wanted to enjoy the good weather to drive home in.  We did make another stop off in Melton Mowbray, well known for being where the humble pork pie was created, but once again, there wasn't a great deal to see.  We strolled casually around the park, and continued on home.  The break had be thoroughly enjoyable, and we had been blessed by the starting weather of spring.  Good times.

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