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Canons Ashby Circular Walk
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 5.0 miles / 8.1 km
Ascent - 240 feet / 73 metres
Grade - easy
Start - OS grid reference SP576505
Lat 52.1497900 + Long -1.1595888
Postcode NN11 3SD (approx. location only)
Canons Ashby is a Tudor country house that fell into disrepair and neglect before the National Trust took over in 1981. The house and gardens were gradually restored to their former glory and today the house and gardens are popular with visitors. The route starts from the Canon Ashby's car park (grid ref. SP576505) and then explores the Northamptonshire countryside surrounding the house.
After parking exit the car park and return to the road. Turn right and continue for 300 metres to turn left at the first footpath sign. Head straight across the field and pass through a gap in the fence. Maintain direction across the next field towards the far left-hand corner and exit onto a lane (grid ref. SP576500). Go straight across to the gate opposite to join the continuing path. Pass through three gates to reach a gate which leads into Oxford Lan (grid ref. SP583505). Turn left along this enclosed track. And walk north to reach a lane.
Cross the lane and continue north along the left-hand edge of the field. The route briefly passes through trees before following the edge of woodland to reach a road junction (grid ref. SP578525). Turn left, keep ahead at the junction and after a further 350 metres turn left onto a signed footpath. Pass beside the metal barriers and follow the path beside a hedge to the end of the field and a track. Turn right along the track for 300 metres to the end of the field. Turn left and follow the path south with a hedge on your left. Stay on the path to the end of the field with woodland ahead. Turn right along the field edge and follow the path when it turns left at a hedge corner. Cross the next field with a hedge on your left. Entering a large field, bear left and follow the edge of the field with hedge on your left Just after the path curves right (grid ref. SP, fork left across grass to reach a road. Turn left and return to the car park at Canons Ashby.