Woodford Halse - Church Charwelton - Woodford Halse

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From the very sizeable village of Woodford Halse, that has a considerable number of shops of all descriptions, this walk is in the midst of lovely rural Northamptonshire agricultural land. It visits the site of a Medieval village, where stands the beautiful little Church of Charwelton.

The route then takes on part of the Jurassic Way, to pass Medieval fish ponds and cross the dismantled railway, climbing gently to give distant views of undulating countryside. The straight course of the bridleway back to Woodford Halse is along a hard laid track in very attractive surrounds.

The village is well worth a wander around, and you could take home a bargain pair of shoes from the huge choice on offer at Faulkners, well known for value in the locality.

England - Central England - Northamptonshire - Countryside

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Pub, Stately Home, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
23/02/2020 - Daryl Chambers

Walked this today, Sunday 23 Feb 2020. A lovely walk, but spoiled by the very muddy path, which had n`t recovered from the excessive rainfall over the past few weeks. I`d agree with Dennis Johnson`s comments re 4-5 where the instructions were confusing. Just follow the signposts. At lovely Church Charwelton, make sure you come back through the gate you entered by, and go back to the farm but turn right and follow the green signpost down the hill to Woodford. At 8-9 the lie of the land has changed somewhat, there`s a housing estate there! Turn right down Grants Hall Road, left along Byfield Road then cross the road to the wood to the left of the Phipps Road junction.Through the wood,turn left at the Memorial Park, down the incline and turn left into Station , stopping at the Chinese chip shop. Follow the road round back to the church.

20/10/2012 - Dennis Johnson

Simple but lovely walk.... Directions are pretty good but at points 4 - 5, quite honestly, just follow the footpath signs rather than get to bogged down with every stile/ gate/ edge of field etc that you follow. There are no other footpaths on this section and until you see the farm on your left at point 5 (footpath to left clearly marked) you can't go wrong! Sometimes it's a shame to be too busy looking constantly at the directions rather than enjoying the pleasant views. ps.. Maybe I got lucky but when I got to the church it was open!

06/06/2005 - Paul Didcott

Worth noting that you must double back out of Charwelton Church to pick up Jurassic Way markers. If you go through the church path you will pick up the Jurassic Way markers in the wrong direction, with landmarks remarkably similar to the guided walk instructions in the M&S publication by Walking World! Also a couple of details missing between points 3 & 4 in this guide.

31/05/2005 - Ian Smith

Path between 3 & 4 still very overgrown. Take care at the church to take the right direction along the Jurassic Way. An extremely enjoyable walk though.

27/09/2002 - James SCOTT

The path between points 3 and 4 is heavily overgrown with thistles and nettles. I walked it in August wearing shorts - not a good idea! But the walk is lovely. You can extend it into Charwelton village and return along Great Central Railway trackbed rejoining the route at the bridge between points 6 and 7 (NB The trackbed is NOT a public right of way).

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