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Millennium Way: Hellidon and Priors Marston

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Millennium Way: Hellidon and Priors Marston
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 24 May 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Millennium Way: Hellidon and Priors Marston Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Hellidon and Priors Marston Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Hellidon and Priors Marston Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Hellidon and Priors Marston Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Hellidon and Priors Marston Walking Guide
Northamptonshire, Hellidon
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Millennium Way: Hellidon and Priors Marston
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Millennium Way: Hellidon and Priors Marston Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Hellidon and Priors Marston Walking Guide
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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.

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Start to Millennium Way
Start to Millennium Way

Start point: 52.2181 lat, -1.2427 long
End point: 52.2029 lat, -1.2854 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.

Turn right at this crossroads and, after 100 yards, take a stile and footpath left and walk diagonally right across the field (keeping the communication towers to your far left). As you descend down the field, you can enjoy an attractive panorama of open countryside ahead. Go through a narrow waymarked hedge gap and continue down the field, keeping a low broken hedge on your left. Go past the spinney on your left to reach the corner, then stay straight ahead across an open field through a gap to the right of two trees, into the next field. Keep ahead until you reach the road.

Turn left along the road for approx 70 paces, then take the waymarked footpath right along a track. At the end of this track, take a stile into a field and continue slightly right towards a corner of a copse to take the gap into the next field. Keep the fenced hedge and a small lake on your left. Go through the two gates ahead and turn immediately right, keeping the hedge on your right. Here you have joined the Millennium Way.

Millennium Way to Golf Course
Millennium Way to Golf Course

Start point: 52.2029 lat, -1.2854 long
End point: 52.2226 lat, -1.2659 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.

Turn right on the road (you are now entering the village of Priors Marston) and, on reaching the T-junction, bear left up the road to pass the Priors Marston War Memorial on your right. Where the road divides, take the right fork signposted Lower Shuckburgh and Napton. Continue along Shuckburgh Road, passing a telephone box on your left and continuing past School Lane, St Leonards Close and Vicarage Lane on your right. On reaching a red pillar box (we leave The Millennium Way at this point) continue to the next junction and turn right up the lane. After 50 yards take a lane left, into the second Keys Lane (with a list of named cottages on the sign). This second lane is waymarked.

Stay ahead to the end of the lane, which eventually swings left, and take a gate to follow a footpath under power lines across the next field. Take the next gate and cross a farm track to go through another gate then continue ahead through a small copse. Take a metal kissing gate ahead and follow the footpath diagonally right across the field.

Go through the gap ahead to cross a small plank footbridge and continue directly ahead across the centre of the next field. Go through a large five bar gate ahead then immediately leave the cinder track to continue on your previous line towards a wood (following the direction of the yellow waymarker on solitary waypost). Be sure to maintain a straight line towards the centre of the wood where you will find a narrow gap (with a large black and white waymarker - which is a little difficult to see from a distance) to enter the wood. Go along the well-defined path through the wood, following signs, eventually to emerge onto the golf course after a small pond on your right.

Golf Course to End
Golf Course to End

Start point: 52.2226 lat, -1.2659 long
End point: 52.2182 lat, -1.2427 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.

Cross the footbridge and walk straight on across the fairway, aiming to the left of the green ahead and directly to the tee for Hole 4. Continue past the tee for Hole 4, walk on between the two lakes and immediately turn right before the trees (keeping the lake on your right and the trees on your left). Continue ahead, keeping close to the wooded area on your left, to cross the next fairway to reach another waymarker post just beyond the green. Descend steeply through a small copse, crossing a wooden plank bridge, then go over a gap stile into a field.

Go slightly right up the field to find the top right corner kissing gate (ignoring the first wooden kissing gate on the right, two thirds up the field). Take the corner gate and continue along the edge of the field with a hedge on your left to take the next kissing gate. Follow the path round with the fence left to emerge onto a road. Go left for 50 yards then right and continue down Church Lane, passing Berry Lane and Cox's Lane, until you reach the church.

Go left through the metal gate into the churchyard of St. John the Baptist Church. Go past the front door of the church and continue downhill through the churchyard to take the steep steps down to the lane. Go forward a few paces to reach the main road then turn right, passing the Old Mill House on your right, to walk up the lane. This will bring you back to your starting point at The Red Lion Inn.

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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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