Walking trail

4 Mile North Walk, Canons Ashby

Walking trail

Built near the 13th-century Augustinian priory, our Elizabethan manor house is set in a tranquil ancient landscape.

Canons Ashby parkland mound


Map of 4 mile north walk Canons Ashby


Car park at Canons Ashby, grid ref: SP577506


From Canons Ashby visitor reception courtyard, cross the road on the left which runs parallel to the House and go through the gate into the field opposite, to join the Macmillan Way. Following the signs on the gates head diagonally across this and the next two fields, through two further gates, until you come to another gate in the far corner of a field by a hedge.

North Walk step 1


Go through this gate and the gap in the hedge over a little bridge. Turn left onto the track which is the Oxford Lane. Continue along the Oxford Lane, crossing a track after about 250 metres and carry on past the wooded copse on your left until you come to a road.

Canons Ashby North Walk step 2


Turn left (towards Woodford Halse) onto this quiet rural road, with a lovely wide grassy verge, following it for one kilometre (ignoring the left hand turn to Canons Ashby).

Canons Ashby North Walk step 3


At the footpath sign turn left onto the path keeping the field boundary hedge on your left. Continue to follow the field boundary as it bends to the right going down into a dip.

Canons Ashby North Walk step 4


At the bottom of the dip turn left following the Public Footpath sign on the tree, into the right hand field.

Canons Ashby North Walk step 5


Continue along this footpath, passing by a large pond on your left where Emperor Dragonflies can often be seen in late summer. Follow the path with the hedge on your left until you reach the woodland edge.

Canons Ashby North Walk step 6


When you get to the woodland edge where the main track bares left, turn right. After about 200 metres follow the path to the left. When you come to the redundant stile continue straight ahead following the footpath sign and continue straight on.

Canons Ashby North Walk step 7


Almost immediately after the field boundary you will see another footpath sign on your left, follow this footpath across the field. Ahead and to the left Canons Ashby House and the Priory Church Tower will soon come into view across the fishing lakes.

Canons Ashby Miss Alice walk view of house and lake step 11


At the field boundary pass through the hedge following the footpath signs and then turn left on the road towards Canons Ashby Car Park and a well earned cup of tea in the Tea rooms.

Canons Ashby Miss Alice Walk Step 12


Car park at Canons Ashby, grid ref: SP577506

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4 Mile North Walk, Canons Ashby


A four mile circular walk through the lovely countryside to the north and west of Canons Ashby following sections along the Oxford Lane. There is a modest section along a rural road, but this is more than compensated for by the lovely views across the lakes towards Canons Ashby, near the end of the route. Sturdy footwear, water and appropriate clothing are essential.



4 Mile North Walk, Canons Ashby

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4 Mile North Walk, Canons Ashby

How to get here

Canons Ashby, Daventry, Northamptonshire NN11 3SD
By train

Banbury 10 miles (16.1km)

By road

Access from M40 J11 at Banbury; take A422 (Brackley), after 2 miles (3.2km) turn left onto B4525, after 3 miles (4.8km) turn left onto unclassified road signposted to Canons Ashby. Access from M1 J16; take A45 (Daventry), at Weedon crossroads turn left onto A5. After 3 miles (4.8km) south, turn right onto unclassified road through Litchborough and Adstone.

By foot

The Macmillan long-distance footpath, 3 miles (4.8km) on country lanes from Woodford Halse.

By bus

Bus routes to Woodford Halse between Daventry and Banbury

By bicycle

NCN Route 70 passes near Canons Ashby.

4 Mile North Walk, Canons Ashby

Facilities and access

  • Mobility parking is in the main car park 200 yards from the house
  • The garden has loose gravel paths which may make it hard for wheeled transport to navigate. There are steps and grass slopes to lower terraces
  • An accessible toilet is available (opposite house entrance)
  • There are baby-changing facilities in the outer area of the ladies toilets available to all
  • Hippy chic side hip carriers avaiable for loan
  • Enjoy freshly prepared food in the Stables tea-room
  • There are picnic tables in the paddock area to enjoy your own picnic
  • There is a natural play area in the paddock