The ‘Needs to Know’
Distance: Section 6 runs between Sibbertoft & Braybrooke, a distance of approximately 7 miles (11.6 km). Our walkers on this section were Ann, Alison & Helen
Time to walk: Approximately 2.5 hours on 1st November 2020. We had a quick pit stop for our coffee & sandwich, as there wasn’t really anywhere to stop. We could have diverted to the café near Waterloo Cottage in Great Oxendon, but we were nearly at Braybrooke at that point including a picnic lunch
Difficulty: This section was fairly flat with only one climb up to East Farndon. It’s mainly fields with a brief woodland section
Parking: We parked by the church in Sibbertoft. Luckily one of our group lives in Braybrooke, so there was a nice cup of tea & a slice of cake at the end.
Public toilets: Public houses in Sibbertoft
Map of Section 6:
We used Landranger Ordinance survey maps 140, 141, 151 and 152
1. With the church on your left, walk along the road heading out of the village. Just after you leave the village there is a sign on the right hand side of the road – take this…
2. You cross through a couple of fields, which is straightforward. You can always make out the next marker in the corners ahead….
3. You are aiming for a wooded area, which we thought might be called Clipston Copse, but wasn’t named on our map. It was a little confusing when we got there as to the right way to go, but the map helped & using some common sense to see where people had walked!
4. We followed a path alongside a wooded section until it eventually passed through the wood itself…
5. Pass through the wood & into the next field. Keep going straight until you reach a small road. The path continues on the other side of the road heading off diagonally slightly to your right. The route is easy to follow with regular signs & passes through several fields & over styles. Marston Trussell is always on your left as you climb diagonally towards East Farndon…
6. If you zoom in below you can just make out Marston Trussell in the distance…
7. We climb the small hill ahead to reach East Farndon. The views are lovely from the top…
8. East Farndon can be seen in the distance. To the right of here are the fields where the Battle of Naseby was fought on 14th June 1645 as part of the English Civil War. As you enter East Farndon you will see a sign pointing you towards Prince Rupert’s Viewpoint. This is the vantage point taken up by Royalist commander prior to the battle. We didn’t make the detour today, as we are all very local to this part of the Jurassic Way.
We climb a decent hill, past some cows that paid us no attention & arrive at the sign below, which was pretty confusing. If I were you, I would ignore it & head towards the church; there is a path through the houses that take you to the main road through the village….
9. Turn around and enjoy the view!
As you come into East Farndon, head for the church. The path goes through the churchyard
10. We spent a little time exploring the old gravestones, which were beautifully preserved…
11. The path continues through the far side of the churchyard, crosses a small section of field & then joins the road. The road forks here with one fork heading to Clipston & Rupert’s Viewpoint & the other towards Great Oxendon
We need the left fork. The path follows the road for a few miles going through Little Oxendon, which we recognise only as a farm & large white farm house on the left of the road
At this point you could detour left & explore the earthworks of the abandoned medieval village of Little Oxendon, but we pressed on
As you come into Great Oxedon look out for the sign below that takes you round the outside of the village
12. As you pass through the field above you can see Great Oxendon church to your left. We wonder why it is set apart from the village…
13. The path leading towards the A508 is easy to follow & you soon emerge opposite the The George pub / restaurant , which does do delicious food, if you fancied a stop
We need the path to the left of the pub…
14. The path continues past the house with the name Tunnels End towards Waterloo Cottage complete with Mongolian camping yurts & rather large bulls – we didn’t get that close!
15. The path was easy to follow as it crosses over the Brampton Valley Way & continues towards Braybrooke. You go through a short wooded areas. As you leave the Brampton Valley Way behind you, you enter a field. The path lies in the top left hand corner & now joins with the Midshires Way.,,
16. We pass through Waterloo Lodge below & ahead across the ploughed field in the distance…
The path is straight, although there were diversions in place around crops when we passed through. The path eventually joins a track as you approach Braybrooke. The rain was starting to come in, but we still just see the village of Braybrooke below…
17. On the outskirts of Braybrooke there is a sign for the three major long distance paths that cross our county….
18. Turn right at the bottom of the track & follow it into the village. It was October when we completed this section. Not sure if the pumpkin is sad or cute!
We ended this section by the church. Tea & cake were calling!
So that’s it, another section completed. Well done ladies…