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|Cosgrove and River Tove|
|Author: Claire, Published: 28 Feb 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|IMPORTANT NOTE FEB 2017: A bridge on this walk is damaged meaning the walk is currently impassible. The closure is expected to be in place for at least six months. Once repairs have taken place we will remove this note. |
A 2.5 mile circular walk taking in the tiny Northamptonshire village of Cosgrove and a section of the River Tove. The walk follows a peaceful stretch of the Grand Union Canal towpath south to the village and then returns via pastures alongside the meandering River Tove.
The walk is almost entirely flat, but the narrow towpath and the paths through pastures are likely to be muddy after wet weather. There is also a section (about one third of a mile) of road walking along a road without pavements. There are several gates including some kissing gates and two stiles, one of which is quite high with enclosed wire fencing around so dogs may need a lift over. You may be sharing some of the pastures with cows and sheep so take care with dogs. Approximate time 1 hour.
The walk starts from the Navigation Inn at Thrupp Wharf, Cosgrove, Northamptonshire, MK19 7BE. There is a large car park alongside the pub and marina here. If you'd prefer, you can adjust the walk to start from the Ornamental Bridge (Section Two) and then parking can be found along one of the quiet village roads in the centre of Cosgrove.
|Start to Ornamental Bridge|
Start point: 52.0851 lat, -0.8517 long
From the Navigation Inn car park, cross over the road and go down the gravel slope opposite to reach the Grand Union Canal towpath. Turn right and follow the narrow mud towpath with the canal on your left. On the opposite bank you will see Taverners Boat Club.
|Ornamental Bridge to Old School House|
Start point: 52.0775 lat, -0.8446 long
Follow the path as it bends right away from the canal and then at the road turn left to cross over the Ornamental Bridge. Follow the main road as it bends to the right, keeping to the pavement (not the towpath) and ignoring the lane to the left.
|Old School House to River Tove|
Start point: 52.0768 lat, -0.8404 long
Turn right immediately after the Old School House and then turn left through a wooden kissing gate into a field marked with a footpath sign. Go diagonally across the field, keeping the properties close to your left, heading for a wooden bridge ahead. Cross the bridge and continue ahead marked by the direction of the yellow arrow at the end of the bridge.
|River Tove to End|
Start point: 52.0828 lat, -0.839 long
From this bridge over the Tove, there are three footpaths marked with yellow waymark arrows. Take the left hand path, keeping quite close to the river on your left hand side. Please note that this area is used to graze sheep so take care with dogs.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Delightful Sunday afternoon following this walk from Cosgrove. Easy to follow instructions and very useful information along the way. A couple of updates/warnings: it was quite a wet day and the bridge over the Tove was quite wet and extremely slippery. Need to cross very carefully. Also the Navigation Arms pub is currently closed and boarded up. Not sure if it is due to open again, but there were no signs of this at the pub. Highlight of the walk was seeing a kingfisher flying along the Tove. Looking forward to repeating this walk in warmer drier weather.
|By Davidhead on 12 Nov 2014|
The Navigation Inn is open again after refurb, not sure how they would take to muddy walkers, but the food is good. An alternative is to start at the Barley mow inn in Cosgrove, again good food and excellent beer.
|By keithjones on 04 Jan 2016|
Bridge at point three has fallen down, notice of walk closed as at 31st December for at least six months with possibility of extension of closed period.
|By gunner88544 on 13 Feb 2017|
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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