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|Fotheringhay and Woodnewton|
|Author: Claire, Published: 16 Jul 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4.5 mile circular walk from the picturesque village of Fotheringhay in north-east Northamptonshire. The route leaves behind the pretty village with its stone built cottages, crossing arable fields to reach the neighbouring village of Woodnewton. The walk returns through more arable fields and a path running alongside Willow Brook, a pretty shallow chalk stream. |
The walk is relatively flat with just a few steady slopes. The paths are generally field paths across arable land and these can get quite muddy in winter and after periods of rain. There are several gates and one stile (which does have open fencing underneath that most dogs should be able to squeeze under). Approximate time 2 hours.
Fotheringhay can be found about 10 miles west of Peterborough and 4 miles north-east of Oundle. The walk starts from the main street where roadside parking is available. Park as close to the The Falcon pub as you can, with consideration for residents. Approximate post code PE8 5HZ.
|Start to Vehicle Lane|
Start point: 52.5271 lat, -0.4406 long
The walk starts on Main Street alongside The Falcon pub. With the pub on the left, walk along the village road passing between the many pretty stone properties. Ignore the footpath to the right by the telephone box (you’ll be returning via this later) and instead keep ahead on the main road.
|Vehicle Lane to Willow Brook|
Start point: 52.5298 lat, -0.4527 long
Cross straight over and go through the arch in the hedge opposite to reach the next field. Follow the path down the right hand field boundary. At the bottom you’ll come to a stone track with a footbridge opposite. Do NOT cross the footbridge, instead turn left along the stone track and follow it ahead and as it swings to the right.
|Willow Brook to St Mary's Church|
Start point: 52.5343 lat, -0.4659 long
Keep ahead following the left hand edge of the next field. Continue onto a grass track passing the water treatment works on the left and keep ahead on the tarmac access lane. You will come to a T-junction with Oundle Road in Woodnewton. Turn right and then, at the next road junction, keep left on Main Street signed to Apethorpe.
|St Mary's Church to Woodland Lane|
Start point: 52.5388 lat, -0.4791 long
Turn right immediately before the church into St Mary’s Hill. Follow the lane as it bends left and then right passing the very old Stone Cottage, with its undulating roof, on the left. At the T-junction turn right along Orchard Lane.
|Woodland Lane to End|
Start point: 52.536 lat, -0.4469 long
Turn right along the lane. As you reach a stone bridge over Willow Brook ahead, turn left immediately before it onto the field edge grass path with the brook running immediately to the right. Follow the path for some distance steadily swinging right and then as the path begins to swing left, turn right across a wooden footbridge across the brook.
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A beautiful and peaceful walk with plenty of history if you take the time to look.
|By sueb on 26 Apr 2015|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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