Great Oxendon

Sunday, 7th April 2019

Great Oxendon > Arthingworth > Braybrooke > Great Oxendon

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Norman led this week’s walk from Great Oxendon, Northamptonshire.

We parked in Main Street and headed westward along Main Street until we picked up a footpath heading north. This footpath soon meets the Jurassic Way and we turned right along it until it, in turn, meets up with the Brampton Valley Way.

Turning right again we followed the Brampton Valley Way for about 2 miles after first traversing our way through one of the abandoned tunnels. About 400 yards after crossing the River Ise, we took the left fork of the path that takes you to Kelmarsh Road – the right fork continues along the Brampton Valley Way going over Kelmarsh Road and merges with Macmillan Way and Midshires Way.

Turning left onto Kelmarsh road we followed it all the way to the small village of Arthingworth. We walked through the village and then took the left turn at the church and headed along Oxendon Road until we came to a ‘No Through Road’ sign.

Shortly after this sign is a footpath to the right, just before the road leads through a field. The footpath leads gently uphill to Coldmeadow Spinney and Round Spinney, reaching it’s highest point where it crosses Desborough Road. Here, the footpath joins the Midshires Way for just over 500 yards before linking with the Macmillan Way which took us all the way into Braybrooke and The Swan for refreshments.

Once refreshed, we doubled back along the Macmillan Way for about half a mile and swung right along another footpath heading northwest until it crossed the Brampton Valley Way. Travelling south on the Brampton Valley Way we started the gradual ascent back to Great Oxendon.

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Marston Trussell

Sunday, 24th March 2019

Marston Trussell > Sibbertoft > Marston Trussell

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Norman will be leading this week’s walk from Marston Trussell, Northamptonshire.

Head north-east out of the village and take the footpath to the right that goes through the churchyard of St. Nicholas Church. The latin inscription, Pereunt Et Imputantur, just below the clock face is translated as “They perish and are reckoned,” meaning that the hours and days perish and are reckoned to our accounts.

The footpath leads diagonally to Farndon Road but it may be better to go around the (muddy) field to the footbridge in the far corner. Cross Farndon Road and continue south along the not too muddy path to Dicks Hill. Crossing this road, join the Jurassic Way and follow it for a smidgen over a mile. The path climbs steadily but eventually it levels out until Sibbertoft and The Red Lion pub is reached.

Suitably refreshed, head north out of Sibbertoft, past the sewage works (hidden behind a row of trees), and gradually downwards through Hothorpe Hills and on to Hothorpe Road. Turn right off Hothorpe Road onto Theddingworth Road and thence back to Marston Trussell.

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The Langtons

Sunday, 10th March 2019

Tur Langton > Stonton Wyville > Welham > Thorpe Langton > East Langton > Church Langton > Tur Langton

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Our Leader this week was the intrepid Lady in the Van, Deborah.

We starting from Tur Langton and headed eastward and downward to Stonton Wyville. From there we turned right and joined The Leicestershire Round to climb up and then down Langton Caudle ascending to Thorpe Langton. We then left The Leicestershire Round and headed through Fox Covert and past a disused pit towards Welham. Before we got to the village, we turned sharp right on Thorpe Langton Road and proceeded west to East Langton and refreshments at the Bell Inn. Once suitably “watered” we headed northish through Church Langton and then westward over a slight hill before turning northwest, north, and finally northeast back to Tur Langton.

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