Historically a convenient stopover for travellers going from Leicester to London, this charming village is now convenient for commuting pretty much anywhere.

Welford is mentioned in the Domesday book but it's clear that the site was inhabited much earlier than that, as iron age buildings were recently discovered during the building of some new houses.

For several hundred years the road we now call the A5199 was the main road between Leicester and London and Welford was a popular stopover, causing a thriving hospitality industry to spring up - at one point there were seven pubs and a number of ale houses. Our ancestors clearly liked a drink or two.

Welford is known today for its marinas, the distinctive Wharf Inn, the marvellously incongruous Postman Pat statue (renewed recently as the original had rotted beyond repair) and the wonderful Mini Meadows children's farm, which has bought such enjoyment to all of my kids, and no doubt thousands of others too.

Welford has more amenities than the immediately adjacent villages of Sibbertoft and Cold Ashby.

Mark Baldwin Author

Theres a very friendly garage and petrol station where they'll put the fuel in for you (something I haven't seen anywhere else). There's also a pub, a hairdressers and a shop (with internal post office).

Nearby in Husbands Bosworth there is another shop, a pub, a doctor’s surgery and the gliding club. There are golf courses, leisure centres, gyms and an array of supermarkets in both Market Harborough and Lutterworth.

Like its neighbouring villages Welford's location makes getting around the country really easy, with the M1, A14, M6 and the midland mainline only a short drive away. Likewise both East Midlands and Birmingham airports are around a 40 minute drive.