Walk 146: Walgrave Circular

The ‘Needs to Know’

Distance: 7.2 miles (11.59km)

Time to walk: In December 2020, it took us 3 hours, but it was quite waterlogged most of the way round & a hard slog in some places. If you are not a fan of slipping & sliding & squelchy, then I recommend that you leave this one for late Spring/Summer/Autumn

Difficulty: Some road walking, paths in the villages & field footpaths & bridleways

Parking: On the road in Walgrave in Old Road & then walk to start the walk at the church on the High Street

Public toilets: 

Map of the route:

This way has been done for me by Cari Spokes, which I’m very grateful for. It takes in three Northamptonshire villages, starting in Walgrave, before moving on to Old & then the relatively new village of Mawsley

There’s lots of open countryside & big skies so shall we go & have a stroll with Cari?

Let’s Walk!

1. Today’s walk begins in the village of Walgrave. A couple of interesting facts about the village for you….

Firstly, many of the army boots that marched to the battlefields of the First World War were made in the village. And secondly the village football team is one of the oldest in Northamptonshire

Park your car in Old Road & walk to St Peter’s Church to begin the walk. Walk west up the High Street towards Holcot Road & the village green…

2. Continue to the right along Holcot Road…

…past the spectacular “The Dial House’ on your right. A Datestone dates the property back to 1715 with 19th century alterations

The sundial is on the south wall of the Dial House & is recorded by the British Sundial Society as “a vertical declining 1700’s dial” 

3. As the road bends round to the left. continue forward through the wooden gate on to the footpath…

4. Follow the footpath, past the cemetery, keeping the hedge on your left as you go

5. Follow the very clear footpath signs as it turns to the right now with the hedge (& the stream) on your right….

6. At the next way marker, follow the footpath round to the left keeping the hedge on your left…

This is really amazing rolling Northamptonshire landscape, so take a moment to check out the views…

7. Keep following the way markers & the clear footpath until you reach the farm track…

8. Turn right on to the track & follow it until it just after a bend to the right – there’s a gap in the hedge to the left…

9. Now you’re following the path to Old (which you can see in the distance to the left) making towards the cream coloured house & the church…

10. Keep following the path until you reach the gate. Go through it to the road in front of the cream house…

11. Turn right & follow the road to the T-junction – that’s a gorgeous house straight in front of you…

12. Old was previously known as ‘Wold’ & before that ‘Wolde’. Apparently it was a Celtic tradition to drop the ‘W’. In the ancient domesday hundred of Mawsley in 1086 it was also known as ‘Walda’

Turn left towards The White Horse…

13. Opposite the White Horse turn right at the junction into Harrington Road…

…past the war memorial…

…& when the road splits, keep right into Broughton Road & follow the road out of the village

14. As you leave the village take the footpath signposted on the left…

15. Follow the clear footpath, keeping straight ahead for about 1 mile…

Then follow the path as it heads right diagonally across the two fields…

…& into the woods known as Old Poor’s Gorse. Once again, don’t forget to check out the uninterrupted country views to both sides of you…

16. When you reach the woods, follow the path straight through them until you exit on to Loddington Road at the back of the new village of Mawsley

17. Turn right & walk along the road (carefully) for just over half a mile…

As the road swings off to the left, follow the bridleway to the right…

18. Follow the bridleway straight ahead for about half a mile, until the crossroads with the footpath which runs off to the right through the hedge…

19. Continue to follow the footpath through the fields towards the bottom left corner. Before you reach the corner look out for where the path crosses over into the field on the left…

20. Keep following the path with the hedge on your right until you reach the Kettering Road…

21. Turn right & follow the road back into Walgrave, past the war memorial…

…& on until you reach back to the church & your car

So that’s the end of Cari’s walk across some spectacular open countryside. This would be great walk to do in the summertime when hopefully it could be combined with stops at the pubs in both Old & Walgrave

Thanks Cari &…

Go Walk!