Rights of Way – our footpaths and bridleways
In our parish, in addition to the roads and the footways alongside them (paved mostly but just grass verge in places!), there are many miles of public rights of way in the form of 30 footpaths and 4 bridleways.
These provide ways to walk and ride from one part of the village to another. The footpath from Lower End to Church Lane via the Church is a good example. This has a hard surface and so is accessible by push-chair and wheelchair.
The metalled footpath leading from Lower End to the Church. Looking east towards the Church
The metalled footpath from the Church to Lower End crossing Church Field. Looking NW – the view towards Billing and Northampton, the northern end of Lower End being visible.
The metalled footpath leading from Lower End to the Church. Looking W towards Billing Road, Lower End.
Another example is the bridleway known as Bridle Path which effectively runs parallel with the Bedford Road and connects Billing Road with Church Lane and runs across the front of the Red Lion.
These routes also connect our village to others.
We’ve ways leading to Little Houghton, Great Houghton, Cogenhoe, Whiston, Horton and Denton.
In the past these would have had an important functional use. They would have been used by people to get to work and to see friends and family in neighbouring villages. Today they are much more recreational in their use. Daily, people walk their dogs or go for a stroll using them. Other people use them passing through on longer walks.
The bridleway to Little Houghton from the N end of Lower End leaving the Billing Road at Chapman’s Corner. The view looking west.
One of the obvious circular walks to Little Houghton involves using the bridleway from the north end of Lower End, near the lane to Cogenhoe called Cogenhoe Road – Chapman’s Corner. This is the view of Little Houghton after leaving the bridleway and starting to descend the Old Bedford Road into that village
The view back towards Brafield – see the water tower – from the footpath over Lodge Road in Little Houghton.
The area known today as Spring Banks which takes the stream leading to Cogenhoe which runs through the Pocket Park there. This is the view from the Brafield parish boundary looking south west towards Lower End.
The ruins of Denton Barn visible from the bridleway to Whiston. Looking East towards Chadstone and Castle Ashby.
The beautiful and sinuous route of the bridleway to Whiston just beyond Whiston Spinney south of Cogenhoe Quarry.
Bedford and Horton Roads as seen from the footpath leading to the SW, which gives access to Great and Little Houghton, Hackleton and Horton.
The remaining buildings of Furze Farm from the footpath which leads to it and connects with footpaths to Denton, Horton and Hackleton. Looking to the South East.
The network of paths is considerable. It is easy to do circular walks to our neighbouring villages with very little need to walk along the roads. Little Houghton, Great Houghton, Cogenhoe and Denton all have a Public House which you might use as a convenient resting place or more if on a circular walk! You can walk almost entirely across fields. This provides the opportunity to see the village from a wide range of different perspectives, to appreciate nature and wildlife and its changing colours throughout the seasons…and all for free…! Free exercise and fresh air. Why travel by car?
The village as seen from the footpath leading to the SW, away from the Old Bedford Road (now heavily treed), which gives access to Great and Little Houghton, Hackleton and Horton.
The Church from the footpaths to the North which provide access to Cogenhoe via Spring Banks.
Rights of Way Part 2 Link to: Rights of Way – our footpaths and bridleways (Part 2)
Date last updated: 16 Sep 2007 Valid until: 31 Dec 2007