Rothwell - Desborough - Harrington

Map of the walkI am writing this some six years after the event so I can’t remember all the details of the walk. I think we would have parked up in Rothwell on Harrington Road (///orchestra.boast.removals) as we would have entered Rothwell by taking the first exit off the A6 on the Orton Roundabout.

According to the map of the walk, we walked sort of north-eastish through Rothwell via Market Hill, a bit of Glendon Road, Rock Hill, and Rushton Road. Where Rushton Road curves right we turned left onto Shotwell Mill Lane. Just after Grange Farm, the lane bears right, but we took the public footpath directly in front of us.

At the end of this path we turned left and headed through the trees. This path also ended at a T-junction where we headed right and ventured through the fields before joining the B576. This road has a footway and we turned right onto it and then just after bridge we turned right onto yet another footpath.

We were now in Desborough and we walked past St. Giles Church and onto Lower Street before reaching High Street. We followed High Street through the village, turned right onto the B576 and immediately left onto Gold Street.

The next stage of the walk was onto Harrington Road. This road is not drivable as it turns into a track leading into open country. We go under the A6 and follow the track up to the wonderfully named Newbottle Bridge. We turned left and then right and followed Church Lane into Harrington and The Tollemache Arms where it would seem rude not to stop for a beer or a coffee! The “Tolly” (originally called “The Red Cow”) is a traditional English country inn with a thatched roof and low beams and has probably served local inhabitants for over three centuries.

After refreshments we headed back along Church Lane and then through the St. Peter and St. Pauls Church, through a field or two and out onto Thorpe Underwood Road. This road is little more than a track and we leave it just after the “Private Road” to Hospital Farm. Now it’s over a few fields until we turn right and walk parallel with the A6 before exiting onto Orton Roundabout and from there onto Harrington Road and back to the cars.

The walk is about 8.5 miles with a few ups and downs, but the scenery is well worth the effort.

Some of the photos from the walk