Oundle - Polebrook - Barnwell - Oundle

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A walk full of interest, with the historic hamlet of Ashton just after the first crossing of the River Nene, followed by Polebrook, where the names of the cottages give a potted history, so be sure to look for their nameplates. At Armston a new (at the time of writing) red deer farm is under development, supplying Waitrose with fresh venison. Barnwell astride the Branwell Brook (no, I have no idea either why the spelling discrepancy, but that's what the Explorer map calls it) and the old Montagu Arms pub make a good spot to pause en route. Finally, as you return to Oundle, the river is rejoined at the marina, full of cruisers and narrowboats.

England - Central England - Northamptonshire - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Church, Mostly Flat, Pub, Restaurant, River, Wildlife
10/11/2020 - Daryl Chambers

Re parking. Along East Street past Waitrose and just before the 2nd roundabout, turn left to the Joan Strong Centre/Scout Centre and there`s a free car park on the left. Handy, because you go to the mini roundabout and turn left down Ashton Road. Nice walk, well signposted (Nene Way),and varied.Longer than we would normally do, but worth it.

8/3/2018 - Jill Stacey

A very nice easy walk. In view of the problems parking in Oundle we chose to park at Barnwell Country Park which costs £3 for 4 hours. We then joined the walk at point 8. We enjoyed a good lunch at the Montagu Arms in Barnwell. The only down was the Nene Way between points 7 & 8 which followed the road. There was a footpath but the road was fairly busy. However there does not appear to be an alternative.