Wollaston to Bozeat via Stixton and Grendon
8 Km = 5 miles = 2 hours walking + stops (shorter option 5 Km)
Wollaston to Strixton (1 Km)
Take the W8 bus from Wellingborough to the Nag's Head bus stop in Wollaston (or park nearby). Head down London Road to the point where High Street meets it and a little beyond that is an alleyway on the left, heading south. Keep straight ahead to the corner of the cricket field at the A509. Cross here and follow the broad verge opposite for 100 metres to a Kissing Gate. The Right of Way heads across the middle of a triangular field then to the east of a hedge.
The Byway towards Grendon (1 Km)
From the lane at Strixton, the path runs due south to join a Byway at the next hedge. The Byway heads south-west, turning slightly to the south at Strixton Plantation and then, after one more field on the right, turns sharp right. Go that way, north west to Grendon.
Shortcut (2 Km)
At the sharp turn in the Byway, take the footpath sout-west for the shorter route to Bozeat. It curves gently to rejoin the main route again later.
Byway onwards to Grendon (2½ Km)
From the point where the Byway makes a sharp right it winds all the way into Grendon Village. At "Lower End" the lane becomes the metalled Blackmile Lane. Turn left at the end and head up Main Road to The Half Moon pub.
When we were checking this route we had an excellent and memorable lunch at The Half Moon - they even brought us a chew for the dog.
Grendon towards Bozeat (2½ Km)
Further along Main Road, at the church, Chequers Lane heads off to the east. Just before the last cottage (after which the lane bends to the left) is a Kissing Gate on the right. This is the beginning of a footpath south-east all the way to Bozeat.
From the Footbridge to Bozeat (2 Km)
After 1½ Kilometers there is a footbridge over a stream (not the first on this path) where this longer route is joined by the shortcut that skipped Grendon. From here the footpath runs down to a bridge on the A509. Cross the bridge and immediately take another footpath to the east. I turns sharp right at a water treatment plant to head into Bozeat village. There is a bus stop outside the Red Lion pub.
Centrebus Route W8 »
Wellingborough - Wollaston - Bozeat
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.