Inter-Village Paths - The Harrowdens, Orlingbury, Pytchley, Isham
8 Km = 5 miles = 2 hours walking + stops
Rambling Round the Villages
This route explores five villages between Wellingborough and Kettering. Each is full of history and rewards more than a fleeting visit. Although Great Harrowden is little more than a few houses at a cross-roads, the others all have good pubs to welcome passing walkers.
For much of the journey, the wind farm at Burton Latimer, is in clear view on the eastern horizon.
Great Harowden to Little Harrowden (1 Km)
It's suprising how open and remote some Northamptonshire countryside can appear to be, even when villages and good roads are actually quite close. As the path from Great Harrowden to Little Harrowden gently rises and falls there are times when all you can see is fields and sky.
Great Harrowden and Little Harrowden are the wrong way round! Little Harrowden being a "proper village" and Great Harrowden just a few houses near a cross-roads. Obviously times have changed.
Little Harowden to Orlingbury (1½ Km)
The route of the walk crosses almost straight over Main Street in Little Harrowden and re-enters the countryside just past the village school. Sadly, the intiguingly named Ten o'Clock Pub here was recently demolished.
Little Harrowden is very much a "linear village" but, in contrast, Orlingbury clusters around a green with a fine village church dedicated to St. Mary.
Orlingbury to Pytchley (2½ Km)
It's a fair old trek across the fields between the villages but a delightful one, nonetheless. Pytchley is a lovely village laid out along a ridge and the views approaching (and, later, looking back) are lovely.
All Saints' Church is magnificent. Its unexpected grandeur probably reflects the wealth that the wool trade brought to Northamptonshire in the Middle Ages.
The village is probably most famous for The Pytchley Hunt which now has its kennels near Brixworth.
The village pub, The Overstone Arms occupies quite a grand building and offers food as well as a good pint.
Pytchley to Isham (3 Km)
The last section of the journey is the longest but offers a variety of interest. The path through the first few fields offers delightful views back to Pytchley village before it descends gently to a stream with wooded banks.
The route then rises to pass between modern Poulty Barns and across the fields to Isham. To the left, across the valley in Burton Latimer, is the giant Weetabix Factory which provides employment in the area and supplies breakfast cerals to the world.
The village of Isham stands on the Wellingborough-to-Kettering road and, like the starting point of this walk, is served by the X4 bus route which runs all the way from Peterborough to Milton Keynes. The village shop stocks snacks and drinks and is right next to the southbound bus stop. Opposite is another lost pub, traditionally 'The Red Lion' and then 'The Monk and Minstrel' and finally the 'Bear and Beignet', now closed.Stagecoach Bus X4 »
Peterborough, Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough, Northampton, Milton Keynes
every 30 minutes