Miss Alice's landscape walk, Canons Ashby

Walking trail

Built near the 13th-century Augustinian priory, our Elizabethan manor house is set in a tranquil ancient landscape. Take care as there may be livestock in some of the fields on this route. Dogs are welcome, but please keep them on a lead.

Canons Ashby Miss Alice landscape walk intro


Map route for Canons Ashby History Walk


Car park at Canons Ashby, grid ref: SP577506


Turn right out of the car park and go down the hill until you reach a footpath sign on the left, before the farmhouse. Follow the sign straight over a paddock and a field to a kissing gate.

Canons Ashby miss alice walk step 1


Go through onto the road and turn right over the old railway bridge. Just past the wood yard on your right is a kissing gate taking you back onto the footpath.

Miss Alice's walk ridge and furrow field


Cross the field diagonally. Head towards the middle of two telephone masts, where you will see a gap in the hedge. Go through the kissing gate and across the next field, over medieval ridge and furrow earth features, to reach the stile bridge.

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Miss Alice landscape walk step 3


Walk ahead and left over the field to the path which leads into Moreton Pinkney village. Walk through village on the main road, stopping to admire the impressive Victorian gatehouse. Staying on the left just past the Gatehouse and set off the road, is the 12th century church of St Mary the Virgin.

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Canons Ashby Miss Alice walk Church Moreton Pinkney


Opposite the church, take the path to Prestidge Row, admiring the 18th-century cottages around the green. Then turn left down the hill, crossing the ford over the brook.

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Canons Ashby Miss Alice landscape walk St Marys Church


Stay on the main track, bearing slightly left after a bench. This leads through a beautiful long tree lined path to the old railway bridge on your left. Do not cross the bridge, bear right and continue on the track, passing Foxhill Farm on your left. Go through an old railway cutting and continue on until you reach a crossroads.

Miss Alice landscape walk towards Foxhill Farm


Cross the road ahead and walk through to Crockwell Farm. Just before the farmhouse, with the barn on your left, turn sharp right up a short steepish hill. Enjoy the view and then continue to follow the track to the left until you reach the next road and then turn right.

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Canons Ashby Miss Alice walk step 7b


Continue along the road, passing Cherry Tree Farm on the left, until you reach Mitre Barn. Turn right through the farm gate, onto the byway.

Miss Alice landscape walk step 8 Mitre Barn


Walk straight on with the wall on your right. Then keep to the left of the trees. The path forks at a large tree marked with a byway sign. Turn right into the right hand field. Keep to the left and follow field boundary until you reach a pond.

Canons Ashby Miss Alice walk step 9 right hand byway


At the pond, follow the track to the right. Then at the wood, turn right and follow the field boundary which will turn sharp left. Continue round the edge of the field with the hedge to the left.

Canons Ashby Miss Alice Walk step 10 pond


At the footpath sign, follow the direction indicated to the kissing gate. Continue in the same direction to the corner of the field onto the road. Pause to admire splendid views of Canons Ashby over the lake.

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


Turn left and head back towards the car park. Then visit the tea-room for some well-deserved refreshments.

Canons Ashby Miss Alice Walk Step 12


Car park at Canons Ashby, grid ref: SP577506

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Miss Alice's landscape walk, Canons Ashby


This walk follows farm tracks and field boundaries. Fairly easy terrain, with one short, steep hill. Stout boots recommended as it may be muddy, although conditions underfoot are generally good. Note: At Crockwell Farm there are 'Road Closed'  signs due to a collapsed badger set. This restriction, for cars and horses, does not apply to walkers. However please do take particular care along this section.  With horse stables around the area, you may encounter horse riders on the roads. Dogs welcome on leads as there is livestock in surroundings fields. There is one stile on the walk (way point 3) which may prove difficult for some dogs, as they will need to climb over, due to livestock fencing.  No dog bins, so please take dog litter home.

Miss Alice's landscape walk, Canons Ashby

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Miss Alice's landscape walk, Canons Ashby

How to get here

National Trust visitors' car park, 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.

Miss Alice's landscape walk, Canons Ashby

Facilities and access

  • Mobility parking is in the main car park 200 yards from house
  • The garden has loose gravel paths which may make it hard for wheeled transport to navigate. There are steps and grass slopes to the 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 chick side hip carriers available 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