Five awesome autumn walks!
Love the outdoors? Us too, so we’re thrilled to be launching our first ever Muddy Walk Week! Grab your friends or family and try our pick of the prettiest walks in Northants and beyond - all with dog-friendly pubs nearby.
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Feel like stretching your legs over the next two weeks? Us too! Making the most of your precious free time and getting out and about with family and besties is what we love to do on Muddy, so we’ve come up with five brilliant Autumn walks (with pubs en route or nearby obvs) so you can really enjoy your down-time.
We’re proud to say that our Autumn Walks are part of Joules’ Charity Month – 31 days of fantastic fundraising for their five charity partners. If you want to make a small justgiving donation to take part (a quid is great, and doable even for little people) click here. And please do instagram your beautiful walk or gorgeous pub (yes, you can be in it!) and hashtag with #joulesautumnwalks #mymuddywalks, because we’ll use the best images in our round-up feature.
Details of our favourite walks across all 22 Muddy counties are here so even if you’re going away you can stride out. Plus you can enter our Reader Treat and three lucky subscribers and their families can step out in £500 of Joules coats and wellies.
What else do you want, crisp dry days and blue skies? Don’t worry, I’m working on it.
Distance and difficulty: Mainly off road with a few hills. 4.5 miles taking two hours. View walk here.
Good for: Adventurers
Why we love it: This picturesque and peaceful walk is only 1.5 miles south of Kettering and takes you through two pretty villages and past a reservoir, mixing up the views and keeping it exciting.
This circular walk starts and ends at The Three Cranes. This pub is a hidden gem with a great drinks selection and tasty pub food on offer. The tasteful decor and friendly bar staff make this a worthwhile stop after an adventurous walk.
The Three Cranes, 1 Loddington Rd, Great Cransley, Kettering NN14 1PY Tel: 01536 790287
Walk 2 / Collingtree & Milton Malsor
Distance and difficulty: With a mixture of hard paths and fields, this walk is flat and easy. 3.9 miles taking two hours. View walk here.
Good for: Leisurely strollers
Why we love it: It may be close to the M1 but it feels like you could be in the deepest countryside. This leisurely stroll can be done throughout the year and, as it goes through two villages, there’s always loads to explore.
The Compass Inn is situated in the heart of Milton Malsor. It’s a proper country pub which is dog-friendly with a large garden, real ales, and open fire giving it a warm atmosphere and making everyone feel welcome (the locals are friendly too). Good food and service all for great value.
The Compass Inn, 61 Green St, Milton Malsor, Northampton NN7 3AT Tel: 01604 858934
Walk 3 / Hanging Houghton, Old and Scaldwell, West Northants
Distance and difficulty: A moderate but still lengthly 10 mile walk lasting for most of the day across the Northants countryside. The route is on good footpaths for the whole way and is mostly down hill. View walk here.
Good for: The ramblers and those who fancy a full day of exploring.
Why we love it: A circular walk that gives you a proper stint out exploring the best of the Northants countryside. Alongside a day of nature spotting there’s some beautiful villages where you can take in some great Northants stonework, history and heritage.
The flagship pub of The Proper Pub Company, The White Horse is a real treat (especially after a full day in the outdoors). Twice a finalist in the ‘Community Pub of the Year’ category of the Northamptonshire Food & Drink Awards, it’s a cherished local, offering a great range of drinks and a menu full of signature pub classics.
The White Horse, Walgrave Rd, Old, Northampton NN6 9QX Tel: 01604 781297
Walk 4 / Summer Leys, Wollaston
Distance and difficulty: Mostly hard paths and completely flat; although it can get very muddy at certain times of year. 2 mile route taking 1 hour. View walk here.
Good for: Families, bird watchers and half-hearted stretchy leggers.
Why we love it: It’s a really peaceful wetland with loads of wildlife and hideouts to watch the birds. The free parking makes this a cheap option to escape and watch nature do it’s thing (you can also go off piste on the circular walk and make it up to the pub in Great Doddington)!
Only minutes from Summer Leys is The Stag’s Head. A traditional village pub and restaurant with a 48 Seater traditional beamed restaurant, a 26 seater cosy cellar restaurant, a large open lounge bar, a separate garden bar and a secret garden; dogs are allowed in the garden bar area. The menu has an extensive selection offering lunch time snacks, tapas and a bigger evening menu.
The Stag’s Head, 1 High Street, Great Doddington, Wellingborough, NN29 7TQ Tel: 01933 222 316
Walk 5 / Castle Ashby Circular
Distance and difficulty: The route is mainly off road and is fairly hilly including a steep path. 6.5 miles taking three hours. View walk here.
Good for: Wanders, leisurely strollers and stretchy leggers.
Why we love it: Great all year round, this leisurely walk takes your round Chadstone, Whiston and Castle Ashby; and even through a church yard! There’s loads to discover and see on this route including a stately home, tea rooms, rivers, wildlife and graveyards (ooh we love a graveyard).
Making a great starting point in The Red Lion situated in the heart of the village, get yourself a strong coffee to keep your energy levels up. And when the hunger hits post walk, you won’t be disappointed. From pizzas, salads, burgers, Sunday roasts, and even just nibbles, it might even take you longer to soak up the menu than complete the walk. Ps, the food is very good!
The Red Lion, 89 High St, Yardley Hastings, Northampton NN7 1ER Tel: 01604 696210