Walk 13: Weston Circular: Picturesque South Northamptonshire villages (2) in the Tove valley

The ‘Needs to Know’

Distance: 3.25 miles (5.23km)

Time to walk: Well…I suppose normally a couple of hours, but we got hopelessly lost using the route we had courtesy of the paths not being marked at a certain place. I think we walked about 6 miles!!! Thanks landowners & that’s a real shame as this is lovely countryside.

Difficulty: All pretty flat and apart from the start & end across fields

Parking: On road parking in Weston

Public toilets: The Crown Inn in Weston

Map of the route :

So what can we say about this walk…well it was supposed to be a short one & easily marked & we found our way in the end. Why does this only happen in South Northants?

Apart from that this is another little beauty, away from it all walk, perfect for a family stroll.

So come on…Let’s Walk!

1. Our walk starts from the main street in Weston – another beautiful & largely unknown South Northamptonshire village. We parked outside The Crown Inn on the main street at about 10.30am last Monday. The only person & sound we heard was a lady on a horse…bliss!

Weston Hall has for many years been in the possession of the Sitwell family.

Ok here we go….turn right along the street from the pub & walk along the main street past the bus stop

Party time!

Party time!

2. Opposite the Hall is the village green & we need to turn right here at Armada House which dates (appropriately) back to 1588.

3. Right….it’s time for some serious walking! So at the end of this lane head round to the right of this fence to find the path ahead – and….we’re off!

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Follow the hedge on the right & turn right over the bridge into the next field

4. Once across stick close to the hedge on the left & head to the gate in the corner, passing into the next field & again, follow the hedge – this horse was totally unbothered

 5. Here’s our gate into open fields…

Now all we have to do is follow the brook & keep heading left along the hedge going through the gap below

Just keep following the brook & climb over this one

And through this gap – we love this walk…

6. Eventually we come to this gate so go through to the next field keeping the brook on your left

7. Now here’s when the fun started…..

You can turn left up the track into Weedon Lois or carry on past the advancing sheep & find the ‘picturesque’ track…

Our instructions say follow the track & then turn left over the bridge & go through the hedge on the right – no probs. Great signs of autumn here.

Right after doing that where the hell is the next sign???? After spending ages & finally giving up we find you need to go through the gate at the top on the right & then ‘bother’ the sheep before passing a fish pond & going up the hill to Weedon Lois.

Sorry but this is a public footpath so farmers put the markers up!!

8. Right…well after walking for ages to find the path we gave up & retraced our steps to the track after the gate above. It’s simply a case of turn right & follow up the hill…but there’s more to come…

And when we get to the top what do we find & have to climb over….

Another blocked up right of way

Another blocked up right of way

9. At the top of the lane is the school & some very nice allotments

At the top turn right & follow the road past the village hall to the main road

10. So now you again have a choice depending which path you’ve come up. It’s well worth going into the centre of the village & having a look at the church.

11. Right come on let’s get this finished….so retrace our steps back up the hill & head out of the village on the footpath back towards Weston.

So there we are back at our start & there’s still no-one around in the village. What do we think about this walk…well again it’s a little cracker around some beautiful villages & countryside. Sometimes though the landowners do leave us frustrated…

Go Walk!

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