Walking the Brampton Valley Way, Northamptonshire

Which way to go..... Footpath Finger Post, Brampton Valley Way, Nothamptonshire

Walking along the Brampton Valley Way.  Another Sunday afternoon walk. We are lucky to have a disused railway line nearby, which has been turned into a linear Country Park.   The ‘Brampton Valley Way‘ runs from Northampton to Market Harborough along the old track-bed.  With a distance of 14 miles and two tunnels, it is easily covered by bicycle in a few hours and is popular with walkers and cyclists.  The many entrance/exits points, make a walk or bike ride as short or as long as you wish. There are several places where you can join the Brampton Valley Way.  Kingsthorpe, Boughton/Windhover pub (P) , Chapel Brampton/Brampton Holt (P), Spratton/Brixworth (P), Brixworth/Cottesbrooke, Hanging Houghton, Lamport, Maidwell/Draughton (P), Kelmarsh/Arthingworth (P), Great Oxendon (P).  (Unless (P) for parking, it is foot/cycle access only). This time we decided to walk, choosing to park at Spratton car park where there is space for about 10 to 12 cars.  There is ample green space for picnics and […]

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A surprising location for The Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret, Southwark, London

Read about my visit to Southwark and a trip back in time to the Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret, housed in a surprising London location. October 2016. I had a rare trip up to London on my own, meeting up with my aunt and uncle in St. Thomas’ Street, Southwark.  I took the tube direct from Euston to London Bridge station and took the exit on to St Thomas’ Street. You come out right underneath the Shard.  It’s one of the best place to take a photograph straight up from the corner. Turn right and after just over 100 yards walk, you see a small church on your right. Rebuilt in the 1600’s, the church is part of the original footprint of St Thomas’ Hospital.  It reopened in 1703 and holds a special secret in its attic. Enter into the doorway under the tower and you find a little door in the left hand corner.  Go through and walk up […]

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