Wed, 2013 Oct 30 10.45 AM GMT
With Marta. Beautiful day, cool but very bright and sunny. Some muddy patches. Altogether about 10.5 miles.
We set off from Castle Ashby, and rejoin the Northants Round route at Chadstone, where we take the footpath across a field, and stray slightly as it isn't clearly marked. We manage to find our way and follow the path across the longest widest avenue of trees I've seen. It leads to Castle Ashby House.
|The gateway to the avenue|
We cross the main road opposite the shop and the village sign, and walk along Chase Park Road, past some splendid houses. The road bends to the right towards Chase Park Farm, and turns left just before the farm buildings. We walk past two large friendly pigs in an enclosure.
The bridleway takes us more or less southwest, over a disused railway, and we are soon walking with woodland on our right. We follow the woodland edge round to the south. At the end we turn right, over a disused railway line. We turn right at the track leading to Manor Farm, then follow the road Past the Manor House, the Arches and into Horton.
|Fine tree near Ravenstone Road, Horton.|
|Sunset sky from Castle Ashby, just before the drive home.|