Badby Walk

Distance: 6.8 miles (10.9km)
Min Time: 3hrs 30mins
Elevation: 787ft/240m
Difficulty: Hard

Paths Mostly pasture, muddy where cows congregate, 22 stiles
Landscape Undulating hills covered with fields, woods and parkland
Suggested map aqua3 OS Explorer 207 Newport Pagnell & Northampton South
Start/finish SP 560590
Dog friendliness Plenty of livestock, so strict control necessary, lots of stiles
Parking On Main Street, Badby
Public toilets None on route (nearest in Daventry)

Route

1 Walk up to Badby church via Vicarage Hill (off which is Britain’s only thatched youth hostel). Take the alleyway path signposted ‘Fawsley’, opposite the south side of the church, then half right up a sloping field for a path around the western edge of Badby Wood, famous for its springtime bluebells.

2 After about ¼ mile (400m) take the right fork (upper path), and follow waymarks for the Knightley Way out across the open hilltop of Fawsley Park and down towards the lakes near the hall.

3 Go ahead along the lane at the bottom to inspect the church, otherwise turn left, and in a few paces left again (before the cattle grid) for a footpath that heads up and across a large sloping field. Go through a gate and down a track to the road, then resume opposite climbing steadily through fields, passing Westcombe Farm on the left. Continue across Everdon Hill and down to the village of Everdon below, joining a lane via a stile to the right as you near the bottom.

4 Walk through the village, following the road as it bends left past the church and pub, and turn left for the lane to reach Little Everdon. When the road appears to split go ahead/left for a path via stiles to the left of the farm buildings. This continues out across open fields, with Everdon Hall to your right. On the far side, pass the end of a strip of trees and maintain your north westerly direction to carry on through four more fields and reach the river (aim just to the right of the Newnham’s church spire when it comes into view).

5 Cross the Nene via a footbridge and walk uphill through one field, then veer left in the second to cross a third, and drop down to pick up a farm drive which, beyond a gate, becomes Manor Lane. Walk on to join the main street.