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Walking Close to Pitsford Water Guidebook

Walking Close to Pitsford Water Guidebook

by: Clive Brown
One of a range of 'no frills' local walking guide booklets which admirably achieve their objective of getting you out in the countryside amongst beautiful scenery on carefully chosen routes full of interest. The directions are clear and precise and the pencil drawn sketch maps are particularly attractive as well as practical.

This guide describes ten varied and interesting circular walks close to Pitsford Water near Northampton. The walks are mainly between 4 and 8 miles in length. Pitsford Water is, along with Rutland water and Grafham Water, part of Anglia Water's Ruthamford water supply network feeding towns in the East Midlands.

The reservoir, which was opened in 1956 by the Queen Mother, is split into two halves by the causeway between Brixworth and Holcot. The northern half is given over to wildlife in the form of a large nature reserve. A permit, available from the car park nearest to Holcot, is required to visit the bird hides on either shore. The southern half, while still home to large numbers of waterfowl, is the centre for a wide range of leisure and water based activities.

Some of the walks make use of the Brampton Valley Way which is a linear park, cycle way and footpath running for fourteen miles along the trackbed of the former railway between Northampton and Market Harborough.

The locations are:
Maidwel Dale - 5.5 miles
Brixworth Country Park, Boughton and Merry Tom Crossing - 7.75 miles
Hanging Houghton - 5.75 miles
Draughton, Maidwell and Harrington Aerodrome - 5 miles
Pitsford Water (South) - 6.5 miles
Pitsford Water (North), Old and Scaldwell - 9.25 miles
Old, Scaldwell and Mawsley - 8 miles
Faxton Corner - 4.75 miles
Hannington and Hardwick Wood - 6.25 miles
Pitsford, Holcot and Moulton - 9 miles

ISBN 9781907669163 Pages 28 (2004 reprinted 2021) 148mm x 210mm

Price: 2.40