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Lyveden Way

LOCALITY: Oundle, Northamptonshire
DISTANCE: 4.5 miles (7.24 km)
FACILITIES: There & back, Parking, Toilets, Pub, Cafe

GRADIENT: A few ups & downs
OS MAP: Corby, Kettering & Wellingborough

Walk description:

This walk is follows a section of a longer (9mile) circular walk. The walk can be started from the Kings Head pub at Wadenhoe of the National Trust property Lyveden New Bield. Either way the walk is delightful mix of history, countryside and wildlife.
From Wadnehoe, follow the minor road up through the village. The Lyveden Way is signposted over a village field, but with a pushchair it is easier to follow the lane past the delightful village green. It is best to head right at the green. This brings you to the Oundle-Aldwincle road. Cross the road and turn right onto the road signposted By-way. Follw this lane for about 300m and then follow the Lyveden Way sign right along a track. You will pass Wadenhoe Lodge after about 300m and then follw the track past a delightful B&B cottage and through to the meadows beyond. Follw the main track through a couple of gates and up a slight incline before branching through a gates to left. This takes the bridlepath through a grass field, across a small bridge and then up the other side and into Lilford Wood. A straight ride through the wood brings you out to Lyveden New Bield - a fascinating Elizabethan Lodge and garden owned and managed by the National Trust. The walk from Wadenhoe to Lyveden takes about 1hour and is approximately 2 1/4 miles

Additional notes:

Lyveden is open from March to November from Wednesday- Sunday and daily during August. Also Sat and Sun during February and November. Lyveden is a great place to have a picnic (adult admission charge, children and members FREE). Ice creams and tea and coffee are available from the small visitor reception. A toilet with baby changing facility is also available.
The final field between Lilford Wood and Lyveden can be muddy during wet weather. The National Trust is planning to establish a new car park for spring 2008.

30/10/2007 | Walk posted by mark Bradshaw

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