Nene Way, Earls Barton to Wellingborough
8 Km = 5 miles = 2 hours walking + stops (with shorter options)
Earls Barton to Hardwater Mill (2.5 Km)
Take the X47 bus from Wellingborough (or Northampton) to St. Crispin's Road bus stop on the edge of Earls Barton. There's room to park a car there too. A hundred metres to the east, a byway runs down, over the A45 to Earls Barton lock. The Nene Way follows the south east bank of the river to Doddington Lock and the beautiful Hardwater Mill.
Hardwater Mill to Wollaston Lock (2 Km)
Take the road 500 metres to the south east and pick up the broad track through Summerlees Nature Reserve to Wollaston Lock. Alternatively, follow the Nene Way up to Great Doddington (1 Km) to buy a drink and a snack at the Village Shop. The X47 bus runs through the village, north to Wellingborough or west to Earls Barton.
Wollaston Lock to Wellingborough (3 Km)
Another shortcut climbs the steep hill to Doddington Village (maybe for lunch at The Stag's Head and to pick up the bus there). Otherwise, continue along the north west riverbank to The Dog and Duck in Wellingborough. From the bus stop opposite, the X47 takes you back through Wellingborough Town Centre to Earls Barton or Northampton.
For the very energetic who do not need the bus, there is a safe, tarmacked footpath all the way along the B573 from the supermarket near the Dog and Duck, through Great Doddington to the start of the walk at Earls Barton. (5 Km) It offers such great views across the Nene Valley that sections are included in the Waendel Walk each May.
Stagecoach Bus Route X47 »
Raunds - Rushden - Wellingborough - Earls Barton - Northampton
Guide Dogs and Assistance Dogs are always allowed on busses. Most drivers are happy for other well-behaved dogs to travel too. Expect to find sheep in some of the fields.