The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Northamptonshire Edition

Category: Travel

Muddy checks out 25 cool places to camp

23 Mar 2017

Have you given a thought to summer camping yet? Those yurts, lodges and cool glampy sites get booked up waaaaay in advance, so to give you the early heads up, here are the 25 best places to start your search, as chosen by the people in the know –  the regional Muddy editors.

STAY IN…BERKSHIRE

Hollington Park Clamping ,Woollen Hill, nr Newbury

If you love the idea of getting back to basics, but can’t quite bring yourself to sleep on a deflating air mattress, pitch up at Hollington Park Glamping near Newbury.

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Mini staycation – The Narrowboat, Weedon

20 Mar 2017

Staycation. Staycation Staycation. It’s an opportunity to take some time out and explore your own county, even if you only have a spare evening. And it still surprises me that after a twenty minute car journey from Northampton (a mere skip across the M1 to the west of the county), you can have yourself a proper local adventure. Door to door and back in 24 hours, we’ve met some inspiringly talented people and bone fide entrepreneurs.

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B&B in a church or lighthouse? 30 quirky places to stay in the UK

15 Mar 2017

Love a luxe break? A sucker for heritage holiday rentals? Or is it all about the location? They all have their place but, for pure fun value, there’s little that can beat a really quirky stay.  The Muddy editors in counties from Cornwall to Norfolk, Kent to Warwickshire (and of course lil’ ole Northants), have each found two brilliant, alternative properties with which to whet your travel appetite. And if you know a fantastic quirky stay somewhere that you think should be included, please comment in the box below – let’s share the knowledge!

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A second glass of fizz on March 26? Go on, yer Mother would!

13 Mar 2017

Mothering Sunday – A day out for Mums, Sons, Daughters and anyone inbetween…

They come in all shapes and sizes, we love them, and they can drive us mad but on this day more than any other we celebrate them all.   There are a host of lovely lunches already planned for our Northants Mums, but I ask you, is there a more idyllic setting for a celebration of maternal appreciation than the rolling Northamptonshire countryside and a trip up or down the Welford road?

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Muddy travels: Kalkan – Turkey

3 Mar 2017

I love our county, I really do. It’s home to some fantastically talented people and some amazing artisans who I’m proud to call my friends, and it is a great place to return to when bones are truly warmed and horizons have been broadened. As some Rock N Roll wit once wrote ‘I never saw my hometown until I went around the world’. So this is a convoluted way of me saying I LOVE HOLIDAYS!

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High Five Northants – Bargain Days Out

28 Feb 2017

It’s almost March, and I don’t know about you, but I’m still paying off the excesses of last Chrimbo (I really don’t remember ordering proper Champagne in the restaurant that time, doh). In a bid to counteract me sitting at home and feeling sorry for myself, Muddy contributor Lucy Banwell has curated the best free days out in Northants. No excuse Mudsters, wellies on!

Fineshade Wood

A long walk or cycle around this ancient woodland near Corby is good for the soul, the waistline and the wallet!

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16 best riverside cottages (including our very own Grand Union Canal)

23 Feb 2017

So we’ve told you the best seaside cottages, but beach holidays in Britain always come with that anxious niggle at the back of your head – will it tank down for the whole week? Well, how about an inland lake or river holiday as an alternative? The Muddy editors who happen go to be landlocked (me obvs) have scoured their counties for some stonking rental properties with their own little piece of liquid heaven to tempt you throughout spring and summer.

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14 beautiful beach cottages to rent this summer (or before if you can’t wait)

23 Feb 2017

One of the big benefits of Muddy tottering its way into so many counties (er, 17 since you asked!) is that we have a raft of on-the-ground experts, squirrelling out the coolest, most useful stuff for the rest of us to plunder. Case in point – beach cottages. Thought about renting one this summer? Yeah me too. So allow me to lay before you a sandy smorgasbord from the Muddy regional editors – 14 beautiful beach properties for the bucket and spade brigade.

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16 great things to do in Northants!

21 Feb 2017

Pinch punch first of the month. This week’s What’s On has us running from one side of the county to the other like a March Hare.  We’ve got gorgeous gardens, beautiful spring bouquets and should it get a bit nippy out there we’ve got plenty of Northants arts and culture to keep us company. We’ve even got a Northants to London day planned. Goodbye February – Spring has almost sprung. Yippee.

Status Update, Royal & Derngate, Friday/Saturday, 8pm, 24-25 Feb

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Muddy does a Bridget ‘mini-break’ – Forest of Arden Hotel

15 Feb 2017

Sometimes, the stress of a holiday or the 10 hours stuck in traffic on the way to Cornwall, really do negate any benefits of a trip away; that’s why I’m the new champion of a cheeky break on your own doorstep (or near as damn it)! And according to Marriott’s Great British Break Report, two fifths of Brits chose to take a break in their own county in 2016 and that number is set to rise, with three in ten of all those questioned admitting they are more likely to holiday in their own backyard now than they were in the past.

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