Northamptonshire offers a surprising variety of landscapes from the rolling hills in the north, to the scenic vistas and amazing woodlands in the south. If you add the Grand Union Canal with its many towpaths, quaint little villages that are secreted in history it is no wonder that they call this county the “Hidden Cotswolds”.
All of the Adventure Geek Walks usually start from a pub or café and today I would like to share with you one of my favourite walks which is perfect for a morning stroll, followed by a pub lunch.
BRAUNSTON – ADMIRAL NELSON – CIRCULAR WALK
Distance: 4.37 miles
Braunston has for many years prospered from the work and industry brought by the canal system. However, this walk starts at the Admiral Nelson pub and immediately turns its back on the canal.
History fact: The Admiral Nelson Pub dates back to 1730 and pre dates the canal. It was originally a farm building and cows were milked where the restaurant is today and a green grocer’s shop which opened onto the lock side was where the skittles room is now.
As you walk away from the pub the first half-mile is quite an uphill climb. Once this first section is complete then you can relax for the next two miles as the terrain becomes reasonably flat and you will be rewarded with some breath taking views of the Northamptonshire and Warwickshire countryside.
This route takes you back in time through the small hamlet of Wolfhampcote and its beautiful old Church of St Peter. As you look over to your right you will see the undulating hills which is classified as a deserted 14th century medieval village. You can easily imagine the village alive and the blacksmith casting shoes for horses, and the people wandering around in their medieval attire. Local legend suggests that the village was wiped out by the Black Death brought in by refugees from London.
From Wolfhampcote, you will once again find yourself walking alongside the canal and head back towards Braunston. I guarantee that you will spot all sorts of wildlife which may include swans, Great crested grebe and perhaps a moorhen or two. You will navigate through Braunston Marina and the boatbuilding workshops and pass a couple of locks before returning to your start.
Tip: Some areas of this walk are rather muddy, so please bring good footwear.
Parking: The walk starts at the Admiral Nelson pub in Dark lane, Lower Braunston. There is a large car park but it is primarily for the pub patrons. If the pub is open, please pop in and tell them what you are doing and that you will call in for a drink and something to eat after your walk. Sat Nav: NN11 7HU
There is something magical about walking in the winter time. Whether it’s the frosty footsteps, the clear crisp air, or the breath taking views, it’s a wonderful time to go walking and Northamptonshire/Warwickshire have many walks that we can enjoy right on our doorstep.
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