Originally the run retraced the route, which was mainly along the quiet country lanes, taken to deliver cheeses from Quenby Hall at Hungarton in Leicestershire, where it was produced, to the Bell Inn at Stilton in Cambridgshire from where it gets its name. The original route of 39 miles, 300 years ago, was by horse drawn carriage stopping off to make deliveries of cheeses at the various villages and towns along the route including, Bulwick (where they changed horses at New Lodge Farm) before arriving at Stilton. This was one of the longest commercial carriage rides until the new fangled internal combustion engined vans and lorries took over as the main mode of commercial road transport. In recent years the run now starts from Uppingham.
The Market Town of Uppingham in Rutland and its Community Partnership ‘Uppingham First’ have again kindly offered to host the start with a “Carnival Atmosphere”. We will also be making slight detours along the Welland Valley either to Barrowden and Wakerley Woods or a slightly longer run to Rockingham near Corby before rejoining the original route at Harringworth or if you have the time why not enjoy both detours. The views are quite spectacular.
The general plan is to
The event is open to all classic cars, commercial vehicles, motorcycles and kit cars, however in order to avoid congestion we have limited the number of vehicles to 350 so entry will be on a “first come first served” basis. All entries must be received by the date shown on the entry form. Late entries will only be accepted subject to availability and a late entry fee of £5.00
A small charge will be made of £2.00 per car (to help cover expenses), and £2.50 per adult that will be donated to the air ambulance services covering Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Derbyshire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. Registered charity numbers 1098874 and 1083876.
In 2017 we raised nearly £1,500