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It was the Romans who got around to building the first decent roads around here. These roads steadily then got worst for the next 1700 years or so before the first 'turnpikes' began to open.

The main route from London to Scotland followed (roughly and sometimes exactly) the route of the old Roman road. The Great North Road (later known as the A1) passed through Cambridgeshire on it's way to the north. The stagecoaches and other travellers needed places to stay - and several towns and villages beniffited greatly from this trade.

Nowadays much of the old trackbed has gone under the dual-carriageway or motorway that has replaced it, but the villages remain. Many of these are absolute gems, and contain pubs and hotels that stretch back over the centuries.

Wansford and Stilton are two excellent examples (see other tips), that are worth a stopover if you are heading up the Great North Road.

One of my ambitions in life is to write a guide to exploring the Great North Road - Britain's Route 66.

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  • Written Feb 27, 2007
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