Sample Walks

These are described walks for you to do yourself.

We have made every effort to ensure that the descriptions of the walks and associated information are correct. Nevertheless we accept no liability for any errors or omissions or for any consequences arising from them. Changes are always taking place, and despite our best efforts to update this information, there will inevitably be a delay between any change and our resulting update. In fact we largely rely on you to tell us about discrepencies.

A guide to the format of these walk descriptions.

The map is a reproduction from the Ordnance Survey map mentioned at the start of the description, with a link to Ordnance Survey's page for that map. It is copyright. You may print the map from our website for the purpose of doing the walk, but if you want to do anything else with it you need a license from Ordnance Survey.

The starting point for the walk is given with a grid reference and a link to a mapping site for you to locate the starting point easily.

Each walk is divided into a number of sections A, B, etc., which are marked on the map, and referenced in the text. At the end of the description there is a list of the grid references for these points so that you can create a route in your GPS. I have used 8 figure OS refences - for 6 figure ones leave out the 4th and last numerals - for 10 figure ones add an extra 0 after the 4th and last numerals.

In the description, distances are mentioned. These are distances from the start, so that you can check against your pedometer or GPS.

Routes

A Guide to Symbols used on the Maps

These are the additional symbols that we use in the maps on this website. Additional, that is, to those used by Ordnance Survey on their Explorer maps.

A location where there should be a stile (a fence or gate to climb) will be shown as a disfunctional stile while the Rights of Way respond to our complaint.

Gates are not normally shown on the map. We only show them where your attention needs to be drawn to them, for example where a path switches to the other side of the hedge part-way along a field.

The mauve paths ("routes in general use") have no legal status whatsoever. They merely have an implied permission because nobody has objected. We certainly do not imply any permission.

The mauve access routes ("restricted access paths") are typically through nature reserves or private estates where specific permission is required on a daily basis.

Ramblers Routes

The Ramblers Website lists many walks with full descriptions, photos and map references under the description "Ramblers Routes".

Other Described Walks

These are other local walks for you to do yourself.

We have made every effort to ensure that the descriptions of the walks and associated information are correct. Nevertheless we accept no liability for any errors or omissions or for any consequences arising from them.

Changes are always taking place, and despite our best efforts to update this information, there will inevitably be a delay between any change and our resulting update. In fact we largely rely on you to tell us about discrepencies.

The walk descriptions are copied from the original website format. As these links incorporate part but not all of the original website some links may not work.

These descriptions are available to members only. Password required to view.

Full Walk Descriptions

Blisworth (4.5 miles)
Blisworth (3.25 miles)
Bugbrooke, Stowe Nine Churches and Nether Heyford (7.25 miles)
Bugbrooke, Rothersthorpe and The Grand Union Canal (6.5 miles)
Bugbrooke and The Grand Union Canal (4.25 miles)
Castlethorpe and Haversham (7.5 miles)
Cogenhoe Pocket Park and Brafield (3.5 miles)
Creaton, Cottesbrooke and Hollowell (6.5 miles)
Denton, Chadstone and Whiston Spinney (4.5 miles)
Easton Maudit, Yardley Hastings and Horn Wood (5.5 miles)
Flore, The Grand Union Canal, Upper Stowe and Church Stowe (8.5 miles)
Gayton, Dalscote and The Grand Union Canal (6 miles)
Gayton, the Grand Union Canal, Bugbrooke and Pattishall (9 miles)
The Bringtons and the Burrow Hills (4.25 miles)
Hackleton, Rookery Farm and Piddington (4 miles)
Harlestone, Flore, Bugbrooke & Harpole (13 miles)
Harpole, Little Brington and Nobottle (6 miles)
Hartwell (5 miles)
Kislingbury, Upton and Swan Valley (6 miles).
Kislingbury lakes and Upton Mill (3.5 miles).
Paths on the above two walks have been revised because of the new road, so although the walk is possible it will not follow the description precisely.
 
Little Houghton, The Washlands and The River Nene (5 miles)
Long Buckby to Northampton (19 miles)
Long Buckby, Watford and The Leicester Arm (7.75 miles)
Nether Heyford and The Grand Union Canal (4 miles)
Northampton - River Nene, Northampton Arm, Hunsbury Hill, Delapre Wood and Northampton Marina (7.5 miles)

 

Northampton Marina, Rushmere, River Nene and Delapre (5.5 miles)
Piddington and Rookery Farm (4.5 miles)
Piddington and the Roman Villa dig (3.25 miles)
Rothersthorpe (3 or 2 miles)
Weston Underwood, Yardley Chase and Cowper's Alcove(4.75 miles)
Wolverton to Northampton (17 miles) (800KB)

Brief Walk Descriptions

Brixworth and the Brampton Valley Way (6 miles)
Cogenhoe, Brafield and the Jerusalem Steps (3.5 miles)
Cold Ashby, including Honey Hill (8 miles and 4.5 miles)
Everdon, Preston Capes and Fawsley Church (8 miles)
Farthingstone and Maidford (5 miles)
Gumley, four brooks and Foxton Locks (7.5 miles)
Hackleton (3 miles)
Hanslope and Castlethorpe (7 miles)
Harlestone Firs (4 miles)
Hunsbury Hill, the canal and Shelfleys (4 miles)
Litchborough, the Stowes, the radar site and Grimscote (6 miles)
Medbourne and the Welland Valley (13 miles)
Pitsford Reservoir, Holcot and Moulton (9 miles)
Old, Old Poor's Gorse and Faxton (5 miles)
Paulerspury, Whittlebury Wood and Pury End (4 miles)
Rothersthorpe (2.75 miles)
Rothersthorpe, Blisworth and Milton Malsor (7 miles)
Rothersthorpe, Gayton, The Grand Union Canal and The Northampton Arm (5.5 miles)
Summer Leys nature reserve and Great Doddington (3 miles)
Northamptonshire Boundary Walk

An important described walk is a route that traverses close to the county of Northamptonshire boundary line. The route is sub-divided into 14 stages.

It is assumed that anyone tackling this walk will be an experienced map reader, so the descriptions merely offer a little guidance where we think that the route may not be obvious. The maps are modified to assist, by for example deleting removed hedgerows.

This walk was devised by Chris Eilbeck, The Ramblers' footpath secretary for The Northampton Group at the time. It was first walked in The Northampton Group's walks programme, starting on 5th June 2010.

Download a Text Only version (in pdf format)

This omits the maps and photographs and contains each of the 14 stages on a separate page, so you can print any or all of the stages as you wish.