Famous for the cheese of the same name, the village of Stilton lies south of the city of Peterborough within the historic county boundary of Huntingdonshire. Twinned with the French community of Saint-Christol-lès-Alès, Stilton is situated 70 miles north of London on the old Great North Road (A1M).
Prior to the days of motorised transportation, Stilton was an important coaching stop and posting station. The arrival of the railway in the mid-19th century and the A1 in 1959 brought changes to the village; Inns saw a drop in trade, buildings fell to ruin and businesses disappeared. But economic development and infrastructure have changed things for the better. The village now enjoys excellent road and rail communication to London and Cambridge, whilst maintaining a vibrant village community.
Stilton offers an extensive range of local amenities for its inhabitants; it has its own Church of England Primary School, awarded the judgement of ‘Good’ at its last inspection; a shop and post office; sports ground and pavilion and a village hall. Parts of the present village church date to the 13th century with relics suggesting earlier religious buildings. Stilton offers three drinking establishments including the award winning Bell Inn Hotel. Again steeped in history, the Inn dates from the 16th century with the courtyard well believed to date from Roman times. Legend suggests the romanticised English highwayman Dick Turpin spent nine weeks here whilst evading the authorities!
Whether you just enjoy a stroll or are a serious rambler, the rolling countryside to the west of Stilton offers some excellent walks, including an interesting six-mile circular route through neighbouring smaller villages. For budding photographers the nearby fenland conservation area provides fantastic opportunities for wildlife and nature photography.
Finally, it would not be possible to discuss Stilton without mentioning the annual May Day ‘Cheese-Rolling’ event. An ancient tradition revived to bring business back to the village, this event has become a popular bank holiday day out in Cambridgeshire for hundreds of villagers and visitors.
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