Walking along the Brampton Valley Way, Northamptonshire

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

Another Sunday afternoon walk, walking along the Brampton Valley Way.  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. As the path follows a disused railway, the trackbed is flat and accessible for buggies and wheelchairs too.  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 […]

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Lazy Sunday Afternoon Canal Walk around Whilton Locks.

What to do on a sunny Sunday afternoon?  What about an canal walk?  One of our favourite walks is a canal-side walk on a sunny day. Canals are fairly accessible at most road bridges onto the towpath below.  For this walk, we drove out to Whilton Locks, in Northamptonshire as we needed to visit the Chandlers shop based at the marina there.  We parked in one of the few off road parking spaces alongside the road. Access to the Chandler’s is via the marina access or by walking down the tow path and crossing over the canal via a lock gate.  It’s one of those really useful little shop that also sells ice creams.   We crossed back across the cut and headed up the canal.  This part of the Grand Union Canal is known as either ‘Whilton Locks’ or the ‘Buckby Flight’ of locks.  Built in around 1796 and consists of 7 locks rising 63 feet in 1.5 miles. […]

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