Longer paths

Grafton Way This 13 mile route follows the Grand Union Canal towpath and then takes to undulating farmland and villages. It is named after the Dukes of Grafton, who were large land-owners in the southern part of the County throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Starts at Wolverton, Milton Keynes (Grid Ref - SP807413), finishes at Greens Norton (Grid Ref - SP669499).

Full details are shown on OS Explorer Map sheet 207.
Grand Union Canal Trail The Grand Union Trail runs between London - Birmingham for a total of 234km and takes in Slough, Wendover, Aylesbury, Northampton, Leicester and Market Harborough alongside the canal. The section through the South Northamptonshire District runs between Cosgrove and Nether Heyford.

Full details are shown on OS Explorer Map sheet 207. The following Grand Union Canal Trail link provides a guide to the whole walk and a range of canal side walking and cycling options along the route. The site also gives access to detailed walks from the villages of Blisworth, Stoke Bruerne and Cosgrove in South Northamptonshire.
Jurassic Way Part of the 88 mile Jurassic Way passes through South Northamptonshire. The full route is a long distance, recreational walking path which runs from Banbury in Oxfordshire to Stamford in Lincolnshire, two historic market towns separated by beautiful undulating countryside lying over rocks from the Jurassic Age (145 - 195 million years old).

For more information see the leaflet on the Southern Section of the Jurassic Way (2.31 mb pdf) through South Northamptonshire
Knightley Way This 12 mile route visits Foxley, Farthingstone and Fawsley Park to end at Greens Norton at the end of the Grafton Way. Much of the route passes through attractive countryside formerly owned by the Knightley family of Fawsley Hall. Start at Badby, Northants (Grid Ref - SP560587), finish at Greens Norton (Grid Ref - SP669499).

Full details are shown on OS Explorer Map sheet 207.
Millennium Way The Millennium Way is a 100 mile long distance walking route which starts (or ends) at middleton Cheney and runs to Pershore in Worcestershire.
Nene Way

The Nene Way is a long distance recreational route which follows the River Nene for 70 miles through Northamptonshire.

The Nene has three sources all within Northamptonshire, one of which is located a mile west of Badby where the Nene Way commences. From here the Nene flows to Northampton, where it is joined by the Brampton Arm and becomes navigable on to the sea. It then flows east and north through the County passing Thrapston, Oundle and Fotheringhay before leaving the county near Wansford, and finally reaches the sea at the Wash.

Maps and Guides are available from Northamptonshire County Council.

Northampton Round The 50 mile circular walking route around Northampton was created by the local walking group the Ten Foot Club in 2003. A leaflet detailing the route is available on the Northamptonshire County Council website.

For information on the shorter circular walks please visit the Ten Foot Club
Oxford Canal Trail The 77 mile Oxford Canal trail runs alongside the canal. The section through South Northamptonshire District lies between grid references (498318) and (494338) and includes Kings Sutton and Aynho Wharf.

The Canals Trust website gives a range of canal side walking and cycling options along the whole route and also gives detailed walks from Aynho and Kings Sutton in South Northamptonshire.
The Lark Rise Loop This walk is about 11 miles, which starts and ends up in Brackley. It passes many places associated with Flora Thompson, author of Lark Rise to Candleford. A walking booklet is available from The Old Hall Bookshop in Brackley. All proceeds from the £1 booklet go to Dogs for the disabled.
Battlefields Trail

This is a 20 mile walk that links the 3 major battlefields of Edgecote, Cropredy Bridge and Edgehill into one circuit.

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