Chapel Brampton

Sunday, 27th January, 2019

Chapel Brampton > Holdenby > Lower Harleston > Church Brampton > Chapel Brampton

Janet Earwaker led this walk starting at Chapel Brampton and we walked towards Holdenby Hall, and came back via Harlestone and Church Brampton. The pub stop was at the end of the walk at The Spencer Arms in Chapel Brampton.

Well, what a walk?!? It was cold, it was windy, but it was DRY! The wind made it feel a lot colder than it actually was, but did that stop us? Not likely!

From Chapel Brampton the walk was fairly level until we dropped down into the valley towards Slow Ramp (Cank) Farm. We then started the ascent to Holdenby where we reached the highest point of the walk. We then dropped down through a rather boggy sheep dip until we reached Delf Spinney where we crossed the railway line. Then it was uphill again past Glebe Farm to Glebe Cottages where we crossed the A428 and then gradually down (with some ups) to Lower Harlestone where we joined the Northamptonshire Round to cross the railway for the second time. We then continued, upwards, along the Northamptonshire Round through Church Brampton till we reached “home” at Chapel Brampton. A quick change of footwear and onwards to The Spencer Arms – a very spacious and friendly pub – for a nice couple of beers.

Mowsley

Sunday, 13th January

Fleckney > Saddington > Mowsley > Fleckney

This walk was supposed to about 7.5 miles. Starting from the Scout Hut Car Park, we set off along Saddington Road towards Saddington in reasonable weather. It was a bit overcast but it looked fair enough for the walk. This all changed as we climbed over the first of many stiles and crossed the fields until we got to Mowsley Road. The mist set in and stayed with us for the duration.

Turning off Mowsley Road, we headed downhill to Saddington Brook, continued along Mowsley Brook, past Brook Farm and Valley View Farm until we climbed up to Saddington Road. Here we walked along the road to Mowsley and turned right onto a footpath to take us towards Peashill Farm and then on to Saddington Lodge Farm. After walking through this rather large and very well-kept farm we turned left onto Shearsby Road and walked a short distance to Arnesby Road.

The original plan was to turn left at the junction of Arnesby Road and Fleckney Road and head back into Fleckney via the excellent, and not too muddy, track that would have brought us back onto Arnesby Road just a few yards away from The Golden Shield. As the weather was more than a little miserable, we decided to take the road into Fleckney and enjoyed our refreshments in said pub.

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