6 of the best Boxing Day walks
Half the turkey's back in the fridge and the sherry bottle's in the recycling bin. Grab your wellies: it's time for the ubiquitous Boxing Day walk. Here are 6 of the best festive routes to put some colour in your cheeks.
Fawsley to Charwelton circular walk, 4.5 miles
If it’s gloriously picturesque and quintessentially English you want then you really couldn’t ask for more than the Elizabethan grandeur of Fawsley Hall, so start your walk here for a warm and cosy glow. Top tip: book in for lunch or afternoon tea here and enjoy the beautiful stately interiors before getting muddy and disheveled outside. The route passes the church and crosses the lake before heading south towards “Cleaver’s Clump” and then west to Charwelton and looping back to Fawsley. The Fox and Hounds in Charwelton is also a fantastic stop for a hearty lunch and is dog friendly.
Fotheringhay circular walk, 4.7 miles
Start at the Falcon Inn, highly recommended for a festive feast, and walk through this beautiful, historic village towards the remains of the motte and bailey castle, which is famously the site of Mary Queen Of Scots’ execution and Richard III’s birthplace. You can explore the castle site, which is really just a small hill with some stones nearby, but is certainly impressive with the River Nene meandering by. Continue along the Nene Way footpath to Eaglethorpe and Warmington and then turn towards the stunningly beautiful Elton Park and the village of Elton (technically in Cambs but still Tier 2 at the time of writing, so you should be ok to cross the border). You can admire the historic water mill before heading back towards Fotheringhay alongside Willow Brook.
Lutton and Caldecote circular walk, 5 miles
Head out from the village of Lutton and the fabulous Lutton Farm fruit growers where they concoct the outstandingly good Blue Aurora blueberry wines. Continue along the eastbound footpath away from the farm and cross over Bullock Road and towards Caldecote Wood. Here you turn left to skirt round the woods and head up towards Bucks Lodge and Manor Farm, where you can choose a longer or a shorter loop towards Caldecote and then back along the lower edge of the woods towards Lutton. If you’re an archeology geek there are some old fish ponds and a motte and bailey to marvel at at the site of Washingley deserted medieval village.
Yardley Hastings circular walk, 8 miles
The Red Lion gastropub in Yardley Hastings has just undergone an impressive refurbishment with a great new menu, so start your walk here and head south through the village on a footpath that skirts the back of Pastures Farm Shop. Join the road (B5388) for a little way and then pick up the Milton Keynes Boundary Walk footpath heading east and then north, cutting through Hill’s Copse and then along the edge of Horn Wood before turning back towards the village past Cold Oak Copse and finishing at the pub.
Stoke Bruerne tow path walk, 5 miles
Stoke Bruerne is a perfect spot for a family walk along the towpath. The Mudlings will love seeing the boats along the canal with smoke pouring from their chimneys and if you prefer a hard path you can stick to just the towpath section of the walk. Start in the village and follow the Grand Union Canal Walk towards Blisworth following the route over the top of the Blisworth tunnel and crossing over to the opposite side of the canal before reaching Blisworth village. You then head back southwards along the Midshires Way, which loops back to the canal and Stoke Bruerne, where the Boat Inn is a firm family favourite.
Whittlebury and Silverstone circular walk, 3.5 miles.
This is a slightly shorter option but still gives a good leg stretch for those who want to get off piste and break out the wellies. Start off the from the Fox and Hounds pub in Whittlebury, a lovely lunch spot where they are doing a great job of supporting local suppliers and producers both through their menu and village shop. Head towards the village reading room and take the footpath across the field towards Silverstone You’ll walk through fields and then take a left before reaching the A43 and loop back past the edge of the racing circuit and through a small woodland, before swinging back past Whittlebury Park golf club and back into the village.