Bugbrooke - Gayton

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Beginning the walk opposite the Five Bells public house, the churchyard path is taken to reach the road that runs along to the canal bridge, beside which stands The Wharf Inn. A short stretch of towpath-walking on the Grand Union Canal follows, on a lofty embankment. A marvellous track through open fields is taken next, then on in rural countryside to reach the canal again, this time walking over it on Banbury Lane Bridge to pass the striking white Anchor House and over a level crossing. A couple of fairly steep climbs on the way to Gayton are the most strenuous parts of the walk, rewarded by splendid views across miles of Northamptonshire farmland.

Gayton has some very interesting and elegant buildings, a pleasure to walk through before taking to fields again to reach the canal for the return journey. Nice gentle, easy walking in a green and pleasant environment is accompanied by remnants of the past great working boat era. Added to this is the wildlife aspect, with ducks, moorhens, Canada geese and herons a common sight. Bugbrooke is an attractive village with a history relating to the canal.

England - Central England - Northamptonshire - Canal Walk


Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Stately Home, Wildlife
6/13/2020 - Daryl Chambers

Great walk, really enjoyed it. Will do it again when the seasons change. The narrative would be improved if the references to the canal bridges came with the bridge numbers.

8/19/2011 - larry walder

Wow! What a glorious walk. although Yvonne and I live in Southampton, after visiting friends in Coventry, on the journey home we selected a geographicaly handy walk so as not to have wasted our fuel. This walk is without doubt the finest walk we have done since being WW members. Congratulations to Ron and Jenny and many, many thanks. Larry and Yvonne Walder. Soton

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