Walk 59: Kislingbury Circular: Why not combine it with Sunday Lunch…

The ‘Needs to Know’

Distance: 3.75 miles (6.04km)

Time to walk: A leisurely couple of hours

Difficulty: A mixture of roads & fields so could get muddy when wet

Parking: Park on the road next to The Mill

Public toilets: Several watering holes in Kislingbury

Map of the route: @ South Northamptonshire Council

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South Northamptonshire Council have put up some cracking walks lately so we though we’d try a couple & this one’s a delight

Flat, very easy going & plenty of watering holes at the end!

We’ve tried to find out the history of this lovely village, but there’s not a great deal online which is a shame. We’ve established that…

The earliest evidence of settlers is around 1500 BC & around 700-900 AD Anglo Saxons settled in this part of the Nene Valley

Domesday entries show Kislingbury divided into two manors, the smaller awarded to the Earl of Moreton by William the Conqueror & the larger given to Gilbert de Grant

Through the years the village was owned by various families until eventually it was owned by Warine de Lisle who took up arms against the King Edward II in 1326 & was subsequently executed

Oliver Cromwell’s troops stationed overnight in the village in 1645 prior to the Battle of Naseby

Well…that’s enough of the history lesson! Shall we go & have a look at what’s there today then?

Let’s Walk!

1. Our starting point, Kislingbury Mill is just one of those places you could just sit for hours & watch the world go by, spotting the different birds that keep coming in. We’ve often seen a White Egret here, but he wasn’t around today…

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2. Head left away from the Mill past the Baptist Church

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…into Mill Road…

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2. We did this walk in early March 2015 & spring was trying to be seen…

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3. Guess what we’re now walking along an old friend…

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…& we keep heading up Mill Road…

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…turning left at the top past The Sun Inn

4. The Sun Inn is a great local story. Five families came together to buy the local pub & run it for the community rather than let it go to ruin

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And what a success it’s been with great ale & food

5. At the junction turn left & head towards the church…

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6. This is St Luke’s Church which dates from the 14th century…

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…which unfortunately we didn’t have time to visit today so turn right down Starmers Lane…

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7. We’ve already seen one good pub, but at the end of the Lane on the right’s another…The Old Red Lion…

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This is another pub with a twist – see this link

8. But we’re heading left away from the pub for this walk passing the village green…

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…& following the road round the right hand bend towards the edge of the village…

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9. Go on….guess what’s on the right down here?

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Yes…it’s another cracking pub & a great place to eat, The Cromwell Cottage..

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Apparently it was used by Oliver Cromwell as a hideout from the Cavaliers. Kislingbury really is a treat for places to eat & drink

10. Unfortunately though we now need to leave the village, so where the road bends left over the bridge, turn right down Beech Lane…

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…& follow it for about 400 yards until reaching the entry into Kislingbury Playing Field…

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…which we turn left into…

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11. The driveway runs straight down to the cricket pitch at the bottom, passing football pitches on the way. There’s also a bowls club further on – this really looks a sporty village

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12. On reaching the cricket pitch turn immediately right & walk along the boundary edge to the gate leading to a wide track…

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There's the exit

There’s the exit

13. Turn left…this track’s now going to take us all the way to Upton on the edge of Northampton – flat, easy walking…

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There’s views to the right across to the monstrous warehouses of Swan Valley

IMG_9130But the new season lambs & pussy willow are a much more attractive view…

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14. The path now crosses the road via a controlled crossing…

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…& carries straight on down a bridleway continuing towards Upton…

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15. Pass through the gate below…

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…& we’re now entering an area known as Kislingbury Syndicate Lakes. This is part of the Stanick Lakes Fisheries near Thrapston

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There’s some really big carp in these lakes – these are a couple of recent catches from here…

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16. The bridleway runs straight between the two lakes & there’s plenty of birdlife, but none of it close…

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If you're desperate...

If you’re desperate…

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17. Eventually it moves away from the water & heads towards a gate…

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…&, after passing through, turn left, over the bridge & then right…

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IMG_9166When passing over the lock have a look to the left as you can just make out Upton Mill…

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18. Immediately over the lock take the left path & head towards the farm…

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19. Don’t be put off as there’s no signs, but you need to walk straight through the gate & farm…

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It looks like these ladies are getting ready to lamb so better move quickly on…

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20. Head up the hard road between the houses of Upton on the right & horses on the left…

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Upton, which is an urban extension of Northampton, was part-designed by The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community (Prince Charles)

It was a project aiming to create a truly sustainable community that demonstrates best practice in sustainable urban growth. There will eventually be 1020 of the most environmentally friendly homes in the country plus shops, a nursery, medical centre & other community facilities nearby so that residents can make basic journeys without having to use a car

IMG_918121. Carry on up the lane, looking for a stone stile into the stables…

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Be careful in here as it will be slippery when wet (Bon Jovi) …

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The gate above was a real pain to get through too, but there was a warm welcome on the other side…

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22. The track’s really easy to follow alongside the wall…

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…to the gate into the next field…

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23. We have to admit the farmer here is very good at keeping the path clear, even at this early stage of the year…

Head diagonally left towards the bridge

Head diagonally left towards the bridge

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…the traffic lights above are about 200 yards away from the ones we used to cross this road earlier…

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24. The route back to Kislingbury’s really well marked, but the gate really needs fixing as there’s sheep about & a stake won’t hold it…

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25. Kislingbury can now been seen in the distance across the fields to the left…

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26. On reaching the hedge turn left through the gap…

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…& then across the bridge before turning right & following the Nene for a shorty distance…

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27. The path veers sharp right & then exits onto the main road…

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…where we turn left & head back towards the bridge leading into the village…

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28. So…over the bridge pass The Cromwell Cottage again & then turn left down the alley…

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…& then right at the bollards…

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29. Before reaching the main road on the left’s a traditional butchers…

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Have a look at this link – think we’re going to have to try the sausages

30. So now cross the main road, turn left & then first right & head back towards where we  left the car near the mill

This really is a lovely flat little walk, ideal for a stroll either before, or after, a meal at one of the 3 pubs in Kislingbury. Go & give it a try..you won’t be disappointed

Go Walk!

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