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|Millennium Way: Hellidon and Priors Marston|
|Author: Millennium Way, Published: 24 May 2017||Walk Rating:|
|A 6 mile circular walk from the village of Hellidon in Northamptonshire. The walk incorporates two idyllic villages, quiet country lanes, pleasant woodland, open countryside and an interesting church at Hellidon. It includes a short section of The Millennium Way at Priors Marston, which is clearly waymarked with the distinctive black and white circular waymarkers.
The walk has no particularly difficult parts, with just gentle to moderate gradients. You will need to negotiate several gates, kissing gates and footbridges, a steep flight of steps plus 6 stiles (all of which should be suitable for most dogs). A small section of the walk crosses Hellidon Lakes Golf Course, so extra care should be taken near the fairways. The vast majority of the fields contain crops, but you may come across cattle and horses in a few of the fields. There are a few sections of road walking on lanes so take care of traffic on these stretches. Allow 2.5 to 3 hours.
The Millennium Way is a beautiful 100 mile walk in the heart of England, from Pershore in Worcestershire to Middleton Cheney in Northamptonshire. The route was created by the 41 Club as a community project, with something to offer every walker or rambler across Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire. This is one of 44 circular walks, each of which incorporates a section of the Millennium Way and is published in partnership with 41 Club.
Hellidon is a village located about 5 miles south-west of Daventry in Northamptonshire. The walk starts outside The Red Lion Inn pub on Stockwell Lane. There is roadside parking available. Approximate post code NN11 6LG.
|Start to Millennium Way|
Start point: 52.2181 lat, -1.2427 long
We start our walk from The Red Lion Inn at Hellidon. With your back to the pub, walk ahead up the road which is directly opposite the front of the pub, signposted Priors Marston 2 miles. After approx 100 yards, take the lane on the right and follow this lane around to the left, signposted Priors Marston and Southam. Ignore a footpath on the left near the bend, instead continue ahead along the lane past the road junction. (On your right, you have some splendid views past Canning's Spinney to the north.) Pass the entrance to Hellidon Lakes Hotel and Golf Course and continue along the lane until you reach the crossroads.
|Millennium Way to Golf Course|
Start point: 52.2029 lat, -1.2854 long
Continue with the hedge on your right and follow this hedge as it curves left. You will come to a stile which sticks into the field (there may be a temporary fence here). Go over or past this stile and, after approx 100 yards, go past a metal gate and then, a few paces further on, take a stile right and then go through a metal gate. Continue straight for 20 yards (keeping a hedge on your right and a grassy mound on your left) and, after passing the bush at the end of the grassy mound, go diagonally left across the field (or skirt around the edge if horses are contained by electric fence). At the far side, take the footbridge through the hedge and over a stream. Keep ahead with a house on your left and, after approx 100 yards, take the stile on your left. Follow the track and then a driveway to reach the road.
|Golf Course to End|
Start point: 52.2226 lat, -1.2659 long
NOTE: The next stretch of path crosses the golf course so take care to watch for any stray flying balls and allow golfers to play on the fairways before you cross. At the edge of the golf course, follow the waymark sign and go diagonally right across the first fairway (uphill towards a copse of trees) and pass to the right of a clump of small trees which contains another waymark sign. Enter the copse of trees following another black and white waymark sign and emerge at the other side of the copse to meet another fairway. At this point go diagonally right across this fairway, keeping three trees on the fairway to your left, to find a mid-hedge wooden footbridge.
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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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