Tue, 20 May 2014 10:09 BST
With Marta. Parked at Harlestone.
Walked NR to Nobottle and returned via different path. Then Harlestone to Ch Brampton, there and back on NR. Fine, warm, not much sun. My other device tells me 10.3 miles!
With Marta. We parked at Harlestone - a spread out village consisting of Harlestone, Lower Harlestone and Upper Harlestone. The section near the church has a dead end access road with no parking unless you're visiting the school or church.
We should have turned left, south into the village - there's a pub called The Fox and Hounds, implausibly sporting a sign showing a fox as Master of the Hunt, surrounded by hounds.
We found a spot to park near a footpath and a bridleway, clearly much used by local dog-walkers, and indeed dogless walkers.
This walk followed a slightly different pattern from usual, as we decided to leave coffee and the like at the car, to pick up for a break part way through the walk. Gives us flexibility if we're not up to finishing too! And a lighter pack to carry.
We take the bridleway through a gate with a wooden latch. Soon we're in woodland and the scent of wild garlic takes me back to childhood! Damp woodland earth and wild garlic - close rivals to freshly cut grass and honeysuckle! This part is rather like a magical fairy realm as we walk a large house with a lovely garden, and another house hidden away. It feels as though we've slipped back a century or two, apart from seeing the parked cars.
|Lots of wild garlic|
|The grass is greener|
We go alongside a field and reach a small spinney, where we turn to the right, then left along side hedges and back towards Upper Harlestone. We follow the road to the right, then turn left and walk back to the car - and coffee. 5 miles done so far.
The next section is two and half miles or so out to Church Brampton. We come back the same (shortest) way.
We walk the bridleway through the garlic woods for the second time, of three today. Instead of turning left we carry on after the woods, by some mounds and hollows, and across the road near the pub. It's quite busy for a minor road.
We turn right and walk uphill until we se the bridleway sign, with tiny NR stickers on.
We come out of the woods to be met by warning signs about flying golf balls and the need to keep to the path. Northamptonshire County Golf Club.
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