heritage trail walk
The picturesque village of Wymondham is situated in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside about 7 miles to the east of Melton Mowbray, a town famous for its pork pies and stilton cheese. The bustling market town of Oakham is 7 miles to the south, next to the shores of Rutland Water and close to the Rutland Water Nature Reserve.
Wymondham village itself has a rich & deep rooted history and is now a thriving village with an active local community of about 500 households.
Historically, the village took its name from Wymand (Wygmund) the son of Witlaf, King Of Mercia from 827-840AD. By the Norman period, The Domesday Book (1086) calls the village Witmeham, Witmeha and Wimundesham, generally interpreted as meaning ‘Wigmund’s ham’, or Wygmund’s homestead. In more recent times the village was associated
with one of the area’s most famous products, Stilton cheese, and it was a Wymondham cheesemaker who supplied the famous Bell Inn at Stilton.
The Berkeley Arms is the perfect start and end point for you to explore many beautiful walks around the village and into the countryside beyond.
The Wymondham Heritage Trail, produced by members of the Wymondham & Edmondthorpe Civic Society, offers a gentle stroll through the village as you read about the rich history and colourful stories of Wymondham.
View or download the guide here (link to WECS site)
Today, Wymondham (pronounced why-mun-dumb), as well as being the home of The Berkeley Arms, has many sites of interest and amenities including:
- Wymondham Windmill and Tearooms - with shops selling gifts, clothes, furniture, gardenware & flowers, together with a tearoom, a picturesque woodland puzzle trail, and a childrens play area.
- St Peter's Church
- Wymondham Village Hall - with a regular line up of great events and activities, and available to hire.
- Wymondham and Edmonthorpe Civic Society
- A Post Office and local shop
- Parish Council
- The Old Bakery Antiques Shop
- St Peter's Primary School
- Roots to Wings preschool and nursery - accepting children from birth until they go to primary school, the preschool firmly believes in learning through play, whilst having lots of fun.
- WASSP - Wymondham Area Sports & Social Partnership - organisers of the famous Wymondham May Festival and a whole host of other events and activities.