Fri, 2014 May 30 10:11 AM BST
With Marta. Grey but dry and quite warm for walking. 8 miles plus.
After a wet and dreary week I couldn't turn down the chance for a dry walk. We parked at Pitsford Water/Brixworth Country Park, and did four miles of the Northamptonshire Round, returning via a slightly different route, including a mile of the Brampton Valley Way.
We have to walk along the access road to the A508 roundabout and cross over to the Brixworth Road. Here we turn right and walk for a couple of hundred yards until we meet the bridleway - a wide track which goes up and down in its two miles to the Merry Tom Crossing of the Brampton Valley Way.
|White campion and knapweed?|
|on track, and nearing the BVW|
|At the crossing|
|over the river - not inviting today|
|Wide clear paths lead to the A5199|
|A good viewpoint, and a good job we know which path to take|
|All this for coffee and cake?|
|Marta documenting the point where our route links to the last one|
|Near the Pitsford and Brampton station - colour of a different kind|
This part of the walk is well supplied with benches to sit on, and is used by cyclists and dog walkers, though we see very few today.
At Merry Tom crossing we rejoin our outward route, and turn right along the bridleway, back to Brixworth and the country park café for lunch. This is now a place with good friendly service - and big cups of coffee.