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 which is a pleasure to explore. Take care as there may well be livestock on this route. There are stiles which are inaccessible to dogs on this route.

Canons Ashby Miss Alice landscape walk intro

Map

Map route for Canons Ashby History Walk

Start:

Car park at Canons Ashby, grid ref: SP577506

1

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, through a kissing gate and over a little bridge. Then across the next field to another kissing gate in the hedge.

Canons Ashby miss alice walk step 1

2

Go through the kissing gate and turn right, keeping on the right hand side of the road for a short distance. On your right after you pass the wood yard (the site of the old Moreton Pinkney Station), there is another kissing gate which takes you back onto the footpath.

Canons Ashby Miss Alice walk step 2

3

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's walk ridge and furrow field

4

Go over the stile and across the next field to another stile, then onto a path which leads into Moreton Pinkney village. Turn right at the main road to walk through village stopping to admire the impressive Victorian gatehouse. Just past the Gatehouse, set back from the road, is the 12th century church of St Mary the Virgin.

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Canons Ashby Miss Alice walk Church Moreton Pinkney

5

On the opposite side of the main road to the church, by Cherry Cottage, is a short path. Follow this to Prestidge Row, admiring the 18th-century cottages around the green. Turn left at the end of Prestidge Row, go down the hill and cross the footbridge by the ford over the brook.

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Canons Ashby Miss Alice landscape walk St Marys Church

6

Stay on the main track, bearing slightly left just before a bench. This leads through a beautiful tree lined path. Follow this until you come to an old railway bridge on your left. Do not cross the bridge, bear right and continue on the track, passing Foxhill Farm on your left. Continue on this track, passing between the walls of a dismantled railway bridge and on until you reach a crossroads.

Miss Alice landscape walk towards Foxhill Farm

7

Cross straight over and follow the road to Crockwell Farm. Just before the farmhouse, turn sharp right up a short steepish hill. Enjoy the view and then continue to follow the track which bends to the left until you reach the next road and then turn right.

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Canons Ashby Miss Alice walk step 7b

8

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

9

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

10

At the pond, follow the concreted track to the right. When you reach 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 to the end of the field.

Canons Ashby Miss Alice Walk step 10 pond

11

At the footpath sign, straight on and just beyond the field boundary, follow the direction indicated. After a few minutes you will see a kissing gate on the ridge ahead. Go through the kissing gate and continue in the same direction to another kissing gate in the far hedge, which takes you to the road. Pause, as you walk over these fields, to admire the splendid views of Canons Ashby across the lake.

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

12

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

Canons Ashby Miss Alice Walk Step 12

End:

Car park at Canons Ashby, grid ref: SP577506

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Miss Alice's landscape walk, Canons Ashby

Terrain

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 a stile on the walk (way point 3) which may be inaccessible to some dogs, as they will need to climb over.  No dog bins, so please take dog litter home.

Miss Alice's landscape walk, Canons Ashby

Contact us

Miss Alice's landscape walk, Canons Ashby

How to get here

Address
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