Hunting Forests Circuit

49½ miles

This section passes through the remnants of Whittlewood Forest, the
ancient hunting wood that used to cover much of this area. The woods are criss-crossed by forest paths making a pleasant detour. Look out particularly for the spectacular bluebell display in Whistley Wood in late spring.
Nearby is the international motor racing circuit at Silverstone, home of the F1 British Grand Prix. The northern section has gentle hills, pretty villages and a small detour takes you to the National Trust property of Canons Ashby with its interesting Tudor house and gardens.

Banbury Lane

Old drovers' roads criss-cross the region including the old Banbury Lane linking Banbury to Northampton, one of the oldest roads in Britain.

Bury Mount, Towcester

Earthwork remains of a Norman motte and bailey castle dating from late 11th or early 12th century.

Helmdon Viaduct

A nine-arch structure which once carried the Great Central Railway across the valley