Walk 19
5½ mile Circular Walk from Upper Boddington

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This gentle 5½ mile circular walk starts in the pleasant village of Upper Boddington, and meanders across mostly flat farmland & open countryside. Park in the village of Upper Boddington near to The Plough, where refreshment might be welcome after the walk. For the first part of the walk, you will enjoy the delights of The Millennium Way where you will be guided by the distinctive black Millennium Way waymarkers. Find out more about the walk by clicking on the information icon.

Woodland WayA We begin our walk from The Plough at Upper Boddington. With your back to The Plough go L down road and turn R into Frog Lane. Go ahead round L bend and immediately take cycle track R, going past the Methodist Church to reach road. Turn L on road and at end of houses pass through gateway, after 30 paces take stile R where you will see the first black Millennium Way waymarker. Go with hedge R to cross first footbridge and continue along track to take R field corner wooden gate. Continue with hedge R to emerge into field. Go diagonally 1/2 L across field to take a second footbridge into next field, then going 1/4 L cross a third wooden footbridge. Continue L around edge of next field heading for the waymarker post in top L corner. Go L through hedge gap keeping along edge of field with hedge R. Exit field by corner gap and go ahead up field valley to gap in trees to find single plank ditch bridge. Cross plank bridge to field and go with spinney L around field edge. At the far hedge gap go L on bridleway keeping hedge R.

B At field end go through gap in spinney and turn R to go with spinney R to exit by corner gap. Continue along R edge of field with spinney R to exit by corner gap. Go ahead over centre of field to mid fence metal gate. Take gate and turn R to pass dew pond R then through small metal gate continuing slightly left in grassy corridor between hedges. Corridor swings R leading down to a gate. Take gate with hedge R and continue down through avenue of trees, then through gate and two further fields to reach road.

Stunning ViewsC Cross road then go ahead over field to L corner gate (R of buildings). Through gate to pass in front of barn to driveway and take stile immediately R then go 1/2 L across field to take corner stile, then second stile and go with hedge and power lines L to take corner gate. Take next gate opposite and go 1/4 R parallel with power lines to take mid fence gate to farm driveway. Turn R for 30 paces then L through gate and follow R edge of field to find wooden bridge in top R corner. (Here we leave The Millennium Way).

D Take wooden bridge into field and go L along field edge to take stile into next field. Go along L edge of field to corner (and in order to stay on the official footpath) turn R at corner staying in the same field continuing along with hedge & fence L and exit by large metal gate to farm track. Go L here and then take second large metal gate R into field and continue with hedge L. On reaching next corner do not go through wooden gate but go R staying in same field continuing with hedge L for approx 100 yards to take metal gate L into next field. Stay along edge of field with hedge L and around the two sides of square copse projecting into field. On reaching far corner ignore gate L (target shooting area) and instead go R for few paces to take stile L then further stile to cross wooden footbridge into field.

Quiet PathsE Go directly ahead across centre of field towards left-hand side of large tree to take mid hedge stile and footbridge to next field. Cross next field 1/4 R to take wooden footbridge and cross next field to take hidden footbridge in hedge ahead. Stay directly uphill across next field towards ridge ahead to find cattle grid between two large trees. Go over cattle grid and stay on farm track with hedge R then cross second cattle grid to eventually reach a lane. Turn L on lane to enter the village of Upper Boddington. After a short distance turn R into London End and go to end of lane which brings you back to The Plough for some welcome refreshment.

Points of Interest - What to know and what to see.... by Andy Botherway

Upper Boddington

The village has a considerable number of listed buildings, including St. John the Baptist (grade I). This simple church can be seen for miles as it sits on top of a hill. The church is 13th century but there is mention of a religious house in the Domesday book. Two other buildings of note are the former 16th century rectory (grade II) and The Plough, a fine grade II listed stone and thatch public house.

Plough Inn

Plough Inn22/02/13 - A new tenant has just taken over the Plough. Good luck to them

Although having only around 700 residents, the village has a garage.

Upper Boddington is also home to a successful motor racing team, Team GCR which in 2009 fielded a car in the FIA European GT4 Championship.

The Welsh Road, an old drover’s route forms the eastern boundary of the parish.

The spelling of Boddington has changed over the centuries from Botendon in Domesday Book (1086) through Bottelendon (12th century Survey of Northamptonshire), and Budinton in the Calendar of Close Rolls (1244) to Botyngdon (1358), Botyndoun (1396) and Botyngdon (1428).

In the course of conversation with residents of the two villages, many interesting facts have come to light. For instance, up until the early 1900s there were houses and another public house, The Star Inn, at the bottom of Townsend Lane near the Pleck. The Manor House in Upper Boddington lost a top storey when a ‘flaming bomber’ crashed into it at the close of the last war.

Upper Boddington is the only village on the walk, the remainder being over pleasant farmland, as illustrated below.

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