Yardley Gobion and Furtho - The Deserted Village

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This walk was originally submitted by Jim Grindle. Walkingworld is very grateful for Martin Jordan taking over the walk, August 2021.

This is an undemanding walk which goes through two charming Northants villages and has as its objective the church and a dovecot which are all that remain of a third, apart, that is, from some mounds still visible in the fields. Both may be entered, the dovecot still having the stone in which rotated the post by which the birds were reached; the church is very simple and dignified, although I still wonder why there are three hostess trolleys inside! Although the highest point reached is only 80m, there is an extensive view which takes in the church at Castlethorpe and the snow dome in Milton Keynes. We found a wide variety of flowers and birds, including a sparrowhawk and also a number of hares, which made the day interesting.

England - Central England - Northamptonshire - Countryside

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Good for Kids, Mostly Flat, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Wildlife
02/08/2021 - Ken Howard

1/08/2021 Although this a a very beautiful walk, there are some problems with the directions.At (9) the telephone kiosk is no longer there but displayed in a neighbour's front garden! At Furtho (15 onwards) they have imposed new path restrictions and, following the map, we passed the dovecot and went behind the lake to find a 'new bridge'.A second bridge lay ahead which, as directed, we did not cross but followed hedge left. We got totally lost and had to retrace steps to the second bridge whch we did cross and found a third bridge ahead which then put us on the right track.

03/06/2007 - Susan Lewis

Just completed this walk this morning in 90 minutes. Directions were excellent. The Dovecote and the Church were both open so we could take a look inside and take a few minutes rest. The church although no longer used is still consecrated and maintained by the Churches Conservation Trust and there is an excellent leaflet available in the church which you can just read or buy for £1. Money is put in the safe by the entrance door. A thoroughly enjoyable walk that isn't demanding.