Peterborough only has three golf courses. Milton golf course is by far the 'poshest' but unless you happen to know a member - forget it.
Thorpe Wood Golf course has the honour of being the longest 'pay and play' course in the country at 7086 yrads from the back tees. I have played the course many times, and it has now nicely matured over the years. Designed (in part) by Peter Alliss the famous commentator, it is widely regarded as a good inland course. It is only really let down by the sixth and seventh holes - a big lake in the middle would help. The third fourth and fith by the river are all challenging affairs. Many regard the 17th as the finest hole on the circuit.
Orton Meadows (run by the same company) is very much the second public course. You are much more likely to be able to get a slot here. It is a very 'schizophrenic' course. Holes 3-8 thread their way between lakes, in a very American style affair. Your card is uually ruined after these monsters. The second half is however crammed into a much smaller place, where pars are common even for an awful golfer such as myself.
A good walk spoiled ?
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Of course its very possible that you have already had a glimpse of the Nene Valley Railway, it had been used many times in film and television productions !
Have you ever seen the James Bond films Octopussy and Goldeneye ? or seen Band of Brothers ? the railway scenes were all filmed here using their rolling stock
Incidentally some parts of Goldeneye were also shot at the now demolished British Sugar factory in Peterborough
Peterborough: Home Away from Home
"A fine place to live"
My home was in Peterborough from 1998 to 2001, while I was stationed at RAF Molesworth. It was a thoroughly enjoyable time, and I still remain in touch with a few people there.
With its central location in the heart of England, it was a perfect base for exploring the UK. Peterborough is on the Great Northeastern Railroad (GNER) line, From here, one can get to London in just under an hour, to York in less than two hours, and to Edinburgh in about four. The A1 motorway passes just west of Peterborough. From here, travel east and west is generally more difficult than going north and south.
Compared to London, it's a relatively cheap place to live. Some commute to jobs in London.
"Peterborough City Centre"
Peterborough's old city center is a lively, interesting place. It has plenty of good shopping, a cinema specializing in art films, some fine pubs and restaurants, and a excellent nightlife. Shown here is the old Guildhall.
"The Ortons, My Old Home"
I lived in a part of Peterborough called Orton Malborne. It's in an area called the Ortons, which at one time was the Orton Estate. This country estate was sold off, and is now a hotel and restaurant (see my hotel tip). The surrounding lands were made into housing. I very much enjoyed walking and running in the Ortons, and made some good friends in the area.
Living in Orton Malborne was convenient. It was a half-hour commute to my job at RAF Molesworth (just west of Huntingdon), and also had bus service directly to the city center, which took about 10-15 minutes.
Within an hour one can easily walk to the city center, to the parks at Ferry Meadow, the Nene Valley Railway, or one of the many pubs along Oundle Road. The Ortons also have a few pubs and shops of their own. Where I live now, there is nowhere to walk.