About the Heritage Trail

The Heritage Trail winds around South Northamptonshire in three linked circuits radiating out of Brackley and Towcester for a total of 158 miles taking in many of the historic sights and sites that abound across the region.

The South Northants Heritage Trail has been designed to allow the walker to get the most from this beautiful and interesting part of England. South Northamptonshire contains some of the country's most quintessentially English landscapes interspersed with attractive, largely unspoilt villages characterised by picturesque stone cottages. This rural and sparsely populated landscape has remained largely unchanged for centuries with a rich history.

1,800 listed buildings, many built from the distinctive local limestone and ironstone; over 50 conservation villages; dozens of ancient churches; the Grand Union and Oxford canals; and miles of dismantled railways-many of which are part of the trail. Dig deeper and historical links with the past are everywhere. Disused canals, WWII airfields, English Civil War battlefield, Henry VIII's hunting woods and going back even further, planning the Magna Carta, one of only 5 sites in England where jousting was allowed, abandoned medieval villages and iron age camps.

South Northants Heritage Trail will allow the visitor to discover these secrets and enjoy beautiful views, locally produced food and drink and friendly hospitality.


For information about the Special Landscape Circuit CLICK HERE

For information about the Hunting Forests Circuit CLICK HERE

For information about the Canal and River Circuit CLICK HERE