Released: June 2014
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 220 x 120mm
Author: Cheryl Joyce
Written by Cheryl Joyce, Walks for all Ages Northamptonshire features 19 circular walks of up to 6 miles, suitable for all the family, that have been carefully chosen to deliver an enjoyable day or half day in the countryside.
Describing the local area at the start of each walk, the author then provides a detailed description of the walk with snippets of information as you go along.
Including Ordnance Survey mapping and superbly priced at just £5.99, Walks for all Ages - 19 Circular Walks in Northamptonshire is the perfect accompaniment for a stroll in the county.
Northamptonshire is often said to be an undiscovered county, in terms of its unique history, wildlife and landscapes. Walkers in particular are spoilt for choice, and apart from coastal or perhaps mountain walking, there is much on offer.
As the title suggests, the walks in this book should be suitable for everyone, especially families and those new to walking. They range in length from just under 2 miles to 6 miles, and are spread throughout the county so that you get a taste of all the varied scenery it has to offer. You will discover ancient wooded areas, river valleys and historic landscapes, and see some amazing views over rolling countryside.
The routes mainly follow rights of way such as footpaths and bridleways. Walking along roads has been avoided as far as possible, and any sections you do find will be short, and with little traffic. Even so, take care, particularly when out with children or dogs. For all the walks, keeping dogs on a lead is not obligatory but is recommended, especially as many of the fields are pasture land and are quite likely to have grazing livestock in them, sometimes with young.
The route map and directions should get you safely from start to finish, but please be aware that things change over time. For example, occasionally footpaths are diverted or stiles are replaced by gates. It is always helpful to take the relevant Ordnance Survey map with you, as back up. These maps will also give you additional information about the area you are walking through.
A walker should never be too far from refreshment, so do carry a drink and a snack with you, even on the shortest of walks. It is easy to get engrossed in the scenery or have an unexpected stop to meander around a churchyard, and before you know it you’ve been out twice as long as expected. Local hostelries and other places of refreshment are noted in the “The Basics”, but the list is not exhaustive, and does not indicate any preference one over another. You should check their opening times before setting out.
The good old British climate can be relied upon to be unreliable, so carrying some lightweight waterproofs at all times makes sense. Also make sure you have good walking boots. Even after prolonged dry periods you may find yourself walking over permanently marshy ground, or along a stubbornly muddy path.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, enjoy yourself! The unique and lovely Northamptonshire countryside is out there, waiting for you.
Walk 1. Abington Park 1¾ miles
Walk 2. Grendon 5 miles
Walk 3. Islip 5 miles
Walk 4. Twywell 3 miles
Walk 5. Polebrook 2½ miles
Walk 6. Nassington 4 miles
Walk 7. Maidwell 2½ miles
Walk 8. Stoke Bruerne 4 miles
Walk 9. Paulerspury 4½ miles
Walk 10. King’s Cliffe 4 or 6 miles
Walk 11. Litchborough 3½ miles
Walk 12. Weedon Lois 3 miles
Walk 13. Gretton 5 miles
Walk 14. Wakerley 2½ miles
Walk 15. East Haddon 5½ miles
Walk 16. Little Brington 4½ miles
Walk 17. Braunston 6 miles
Walk 18. Welford 4 miles
Walk 19. Arthingworth 5 miles