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Welford is a small village in Northamptonshire, just over the border from Leicestershire, with a population of just over 1,000.

The village has a number of amenities, including a post office, village shop, two pubs and a church – St Mary’s.

Situated on the Welford Arm and a stone’s throw away from the Leicester Line of the Grand Union Canal, Welford is the perfect base for country walking.

Not only does Welford have several well-signposted footpaths, but the Jurassic Way also passes through the village. This 88-mile-long distance footpath connects Banbury in Oxfordshire with Stamford in Lincolnshire, and passes close to both the Oxford Canal and the Grand Union Canal.

After a day of walking, what better to do than relax at a pub? The highly recommended Wharf Inn is a start and end point for five countryside walks, and boasts a beautiful canal-side location.

The history of Welford

Once known as Wellesford, Welford was first noted in the Domesday book in 1086 AD. The parish of St. Mary dates from the 13th century.

Welford was prominent in the 17th and 18th centuries as a coaching stop, due to its location halfway between Leicester and Northampton on the main road to London.

The Welford arm of the Leicester Line of the Grand Union Canal was constructed in 1815, but when trade stopped the canal fell into decline and ceased to be used for navigation. However, in 1969 the Welford Arm was re-opened for navigation.

This information on this page has been written by Maisie-Jo Boggild-Jones, student at Manchester University