Seven miles of glorious Northamptonshire countryside through 3 attractive villages and passing by the impressive Drayton Hall.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D) Parking in the village of Slipton our walk takes us North on the road to Sudborough. This is a quiet road with little traffic and good views across open country. The road enters the village crossing Harper's Brook. Bear right as you enter the village. This is a pleasant village and the road passes a pub on the left and church on the right. Continuing up the main street the road bends sharply to the left, but at this point our route goes straight on. (1)
There is no Footpath sign, ignore the private drive that dips to the right but walk straight on passing a house to your left. You think you are walking down someone's drive but as you continue you reach a gate with a Footpath sign on the rear! The path is a straight line through fields with the brook on your right and the impressive spire of Lowick Church up ahead. There are a couple of stiles. Approaching Lowick the path enters a vineyard (rows of vines to the left). A line of small trees splits the vineyard and when you get to that point the path goes right, leaving the vineyard and passing into a lane to the village. (2) Lowick is worth exploring with the church off to the left and a pub to the right.
Returning back to the Drayton Road the route follows the road straight ahead and into the Drayton Estate, giving excellent views of Drayton Hall (not open to the public) (3) before taking a right to pass the stable block then the Hall on the right (4).
Take a left up the avenue of trees to follow the road away from the Hall (unseen from this side). Reaching a couple of houses on your right the track bends right around the back of the properties (5). Follow the track until you get to Home Farm where the track takes a left (6).
The track continues following the edge of the field and into a dipping down where Slipton Church is hidden behind some trees and worth a quick look (7). The track continues up an incline to the village and the Sudborough Road. Take a left and return to the village. (A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Street Parking
1 : km 4.79 - alt. km 4.79 - Leave the road here
2 : km 6.18 - alt. km 6.18 - Lowick village
3 : km 7.56 - alt. km 7.56 - Drayton Hall
4 : km 7.79 - alt. km 7.79 - Right to pass stables and house
5 : km 8.47 - alt. km 8.47 - Right turn along the track
6 : km 8.7 - alt. km 8.7 - Left down the track
7 : km 9.33 - alt. km 9.33 - Slipton Church on the left
D/A : km 9.74 - alt. km 9.74 - End of walk
There are pubs in Sudborough (Vane Arms) Lowick (Snooty Fox) and Slipton (The Samuel Pepys) which apparently welcome walkers but check opening times
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Churches in each village are worth exploring if you like that kind of thing.
The villages are picturesque.
The vineyard was a bit of a surprise
Drayton Hall is impressive
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