We set off near the Woolpack Inn, on the road into Islip. Over the road into Thrapston from the A6116, and hidden in the hedge a sign for the Nene Way footpath. We head along the track, through a gate and over a bund, where cars are not to be parked. There's a fishing lake on our right behind the trees. We make our way south towards the railway bridge and road viaduct carrying the A14. Not scenic but very useful. There's a boat moored almost underneath the road.
We follow the path and when it becomes a wider track we turn to our left and walk along field edges. It's not clearly marked here on the ground, and we have to retrace our steps slightly to get back on track.
Near the weir and footbridge to Denford we turn sharply right and head west to cross the old railway path near Woodford Lock.
|Lots of these poppies flowering at the moment. Garden escapes or just a different variety?|
|Foxes chasing a rabbit, and a pheasant|
|A thatched stag|
|The stile which fooled me.|
|These good-looking goats turned their backs on us|
About half a mile of road walking came next, on a raised footway at first, then turning right into Station Road, which leads only to the marina and fishing area below Great Addington.
Here we met the railway path again, and this time followed its very straightforward course back to Thrapston.
|A branch of the Nene, fringed with water lilies|
|Swan and cygnets - photo taken with phone. Just for the record . . .|
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