Thu, 2014 Nov 6 8:58 AM GMT
With Gordon. The first frost of the winter soon melted and conditions were v good for walking. Little sun, but dry with a chilly breeze. Around 9 miles. Elevation details ok. Not sure how the max speed is less than average moving speed!
We have walked this way before, in the opposite direction in September 2012 and in August 2012. Time to revisit.
Start from Church Street, walking west past the church (Spire 1), and then along Gate Lane as far as High Street. *Cross over into Cox's Lane, and very soon take the narrow footway on the right, just by the decorative gate made from garden tools. The path crosses Crane Close and comes to a grassy field which you cross to reach the A43. This has to be crossed. The path is directly opposite and takes you diagonally to your left to reach a gate and steps down to Broughton Hill which goes up into Great Cransley.
**This can be avoided by walking along Cox's Lane and turning right at the end on to Broughton Hill/Cransley Hill. This road goes under the A 43.**
|A garden tool gate|
|Skulking in the shade, two lions guard Cransley Hall|
|On the sunny side, there are two miniature Chinese-style lions|
Church Lane is surfaced, and marked not a through road to Mawsley. Turn right at a bridleway sign on a left hand bend. Go through Cransley Wood. The footpath is clear. At the end of the wood, turn left along the edge, the right along a field boundary to reach a dismantled railway line. Turn left along this and follow it for a while. You come out just before Mawsley Lodge Farm - an uninhabited building.
|Mawsley Lodge Farm buildings|
The path goes round this, always well marked. You should have the farm on your right hand side as you turn west, then after a couple of fields turn right when you meet a cross path. You are now walking northeast. The grass track becomes surfaced and you go through two or three gates.
Follow the track as it bends to the left and goes past a few rather secluded houses. Ignore the junction to the left and continue along the road, now called Mawsley Lane. It goes downhill, crosses a stream and then climbs up into Loddington, past the playground and cricket pitch.
Turn right at the crossroads along Harrington Road. The church (Spire 3) is visible to the left. the next mile or so is along Harrington Road with its overgrown pavement for pedestrians, until the right hand turn into Thorpe Malsor.
|The porch at the back of Thorpe Malsor church|
|Thorpe Malsor Church|
|We leave it behind and climb to the road|
Continue into the village and turn left at the Red Lion into Church Street.
As we went past the blacksmith's shop we could hear the clang of hammer on metal - I wonder if they made the gate in the first photo?