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 : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - Street Parking
1 : mi 2.97 - alt. mi 2.97 - Leave the road here
2 : mi 3.84 - alt. mi 3.84 - Lowick village
3 : mi 4.7 - alt. mi 4.7 - Drayton Hall
4 : mi 4.84 - alt. mi 4.84 - Right to pass stables and house
5 : mi 5.26 - alt. mi 5.26 - Right turn along the track
6 : mi 5.4 - alt. mi 5.4 - Left down the track
7 : mi 5.8 - alt. mi 5.8 - Slipton Church on the left
D/A : mi 6.05 - alt. mi 6.05 - 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
Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
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
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 3.00/4
Routemap quality : 3.00/4
Walk interest : 3.00/4
Global average : 3.00/4
Date of walk : 17/10/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good
This is a walk full of interest...mainly beautiful manor houses and a very grand Drayton House along the way. The walk is predominantly along roads but we encountered very little traffic, so ideal for winter walking.
I know what you mean. I walked the Nene Way from Badby to Wansford over 4 days in July 2017 to raise money for Macmillan and had some interesting navigation challenges on the way! I'm looking to add some more shorter walks in Northants over the next few weeks. Hope you enjoy the Slipton walk, we did.
I haven't actually done this walk yet but will review it when I do. For your interest, I walked nearby along the Nene Way, a walk described on Northamptonshire County Council website, between the three villages of Aldwincle, Wadenhoe and Achurch. Very pleasant walk but unfortunately the latter part of the path was not clear so we couldn't complete it as written. In the village of wadenhoe, there's an excellent pub (kings head) and a tea shop called the Old Barn.
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