Slipton, Northamptonshire

Seven miles of glorious Northamptonshire countryside through 3 attractive villages and passing by the impressive Drayton Hall.

Technical sheet
No. 1159446
A Lowick (Northamptonshire) walk posted on 18/05/18 by peteburditt. Update : 20/05/18
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h55[?]
Distance Distance : 6.05mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 190ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 190ft
Highest point Highest point : 289ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 131ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Lowick (Northamptonshire)
Starting point Starting point : N 52.402282° / W 0.60405°
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Description

(D) Parking in the village of Slipton our walk takes us North on the road to Sudborough. This is a quiet road with little traffic and good views across open country. The road enters the village crossing Harper's Brook. Bear right as you enter the village. This is a pleasant village and the road passes a pub on the left and church on the right. Continuing up the main street the road bends sharply to the left, but at this point our route goes straight on. (1)

There is no Footpath sign, ignore the private drive that dips to the right but walk straight on passing a house to your left. You think you are walking down someone's drive but as you continue you reach a gate with a Footpath sign on the rear! The path is a straight line through fields with the brook on your right and the impressive spire of Lowick Church up ahead. There are a couple of stiles. Approaching Lowick the path enters a vineyard (rows of vines to the left). A line of small trees splits the vineyard and when you get to that point the path goes right, leaving the vineyard and passing into a lane to the village. (2) Lowick is worth exploring with the church off to the left and a pub to the right.

Returning back to the Drayton Road the route follows the road straight ahead and into the Drayton Estate, giving excellent views of Drayton Hall (not open to the public) (3) before taking a right to pass the stable block then the Hall on the right (4).

Take a left up the avenue of trees to follow the road away from the Hall (unseen from this side). Reaching a couple of houses on your right the track bends right around the back of the properties (5). Follow the track until you get to Home Farm where the track takes a left (6).

The track continues following the edge of the field and into a dipping down where Slipton Church is hidden behind some trees and worth a quick look (7). The track continues up an incline to the village and the Sudborough Road. Take a left and return to the village. (A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 230ft - Street Parking
1 : mi 2.97 - alt. 151ft - Leave the road here
2 : mi 3.84 - alt. 148ft - Lowick village
3 : mi 4.7 - alt. 207ft - Drayton Hall
4 : mi 4.84 - alt. 233ft - Right to pass stables and house
5 : mi 5.26 - alt. 269ft - Right turn along the track
6 : mi 5.4 - alt. 269ft - Left down the track
7 : mi 5.8 - alt. 194ft - Slipton Church on the left
D/A : mi 6.05 - alt. 226ft - End of walk

Useful Information

There are pubs in Sudborough (Vane Arms) Lowick (Snooty Fox) and Slipton (The Samuel Pepys) which apparently welcome walkers but check opening times

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Churches in each village are worth exploring if you like that kind of thing.

The villages are picturesque.

The vineyard was a bit of a surprise

Drayton Hall is impressive

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.53/5
Number of opinions : 5
Description quality : 4.4/5
Routemap quality : 4.6/5
Walk interest : 4.6/5


Walker
on Fri 10 Jun 2022 18:47:57 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 09/06/22
Description quality : Good
Easiness to follow the route : Very good
Walk interest : Good

This walk is probably about 75% on hard surfaces, so if you prefer a bit less of this you can follow a couple of cross field public footpaths as follows. As you walk up the long Sudborough road from Slipton, look out for a green public footpath sign on the right, at a slight left hand bend. This takes you diagonally right across the first field to a gap in the hedge, almost in the right hand corner. Follow the next field right hand edge to emerge on the Sudborough road. Turn right and then after a few metres you will see the next green public footpath sign on your left. Follow this path across the field to a stile in the opposite corner. The field had been recently ploughed when I did this, there was no obvious sign of the path and it was a bit like walking on the Moon! Good job it was dry! Stick to the edge of the small wood in the second field, then the third field has been divided into several horse paddocks with small step over gates with lift up tops (not a good description, but you'll soon work it out!). Then go diagonally across the fourth field to reach the Sudborough road once again, about two hundred metres before Harpers Brook. The pub in Sudborough is closed. Just before point 2, walk at the bottom of the vineyard field and take care to find your way out to the lane. The pub in Drayton is The Snooty Fox and is well worth a stop, as you are about two thirds of the way round here and they do good food. Check out their very stylish toilets! The rest of the walk is mainly on hard surface. Drayton Hall is very imposing. A good walk.


Walker
on Mon 13 Jul 2020 09:56:36 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 12/07/20
Description quality : Very good
Easiness to follow the route : Good
Walk interest : Very good

A very enjoyable walk. We've done parts of this walk in the past but with Visorando were able to find other paths and better views. The information was spot on too. Photos of some of the sights on the way might be nice but for some people might spoil the walk in advance I guess! I'm a professional photographer so you'd expect me to want good visual references and ideas of what to expect on the walk.

Visorando is a lifesaver during the pandemic.


Walker
on Mon 27 Jan 2020 09:11:28 CET

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 25/01/20
Description quality : Good
Easiness to follow the route : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

An easy pleasant walk, fairly flat over fields and roads. Lots of points of interest and 3 pubs on the way. Even though it was a little damp and so muddy in places it was a good length walk for those who enjoy a simple yet interesting route


Walker
on Mon 14 Jan 2019 15:04:31 CET

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 12/01/19
Description quality : Very good
Easiness to follow the route : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Lovely walk, part road and part field. Lots of animals along the way - horses, chickens, geese, sheep and more! Completed in 2.5 hours and saved my lunch for the walk through the Drayton Estate. Locals are friendly and greet you, drivers give you a lot of consideration if you come across any.

One comment worth making, when you come around the back of the houses (part 5) and reach the end of this road, it is a junction with a big metal gate post and the instructions didn't clearly tell me to turn left or right. Turn right and you will reach Home Farm as instructed. Otherwise the instructions given were spot on and walk was really a lovely one.


Walker
on Wed 17 Oct 2018 21:18:23 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 17/10/18
Description quality : Good
Easiness to follow the route : Good
Walk interest : Good

This is a walk full of interest...mainly beautiful manor houses and a very grand Drayton House along the way. The walk is predominantly along roads but we encountered very little traffic, so ideal for winter walking.


Walker
on Mon 10 Sep 2018 23:09:23 CEST

I know what you mean. I walked the Nene Way from Badby to Wansford over 4 days in July 2017 to raise money for Macmillan and had some interesting navigation challenges on the way! I'm looking to add some more shorter walks in Northants over the next few weeks. Hope you enjoy the Slipton walk, we did.


Walker
on Mon 10 Sep 2018 11:15:34 CEST

I haven't actually done this walk yet but will review it when I do. For your interest, I walked nearby along the Nene Way, a walk described on Northamptonshire County Council website, between the three villages of Aldwincle, Wadenhoe and Achurch. Very pleasant walk but unfortunately the latter part of the path was not clear so we couldn't complete it as written. In the village of wadenhoe, there's an excellent pub (kings head) and a tea shop called the Old Barn.
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