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The Grafton Way Wolverton to Greens Norton 13.3mile

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This path dates from 1972 and takes in some nice villages along the route. The Distance is 13.3 miles however the route is flat so it makes for a nice walk on a summers day. The start is near to Old wolverton (loc) and the Galleon public house that sits above the grand union canal. The start of the walk follows the canal from Wolverton to Cosgrove and makes for a nice start, The union canal stretches some 137 miles and runs from London to Birmingham, within the main union branch many canal arms run from it including the Wendover Arm, Oxford canal etc. When you arrive at Cosgrove you will find the old Buckingham arm (loc) of the canal. I have walked this many times and covered its history before on the site please click here to view, it has a sign showing the canal being restored however this may take a very long time. We soon left the canal and headed under the old Horse Bridge in Cosgrove, its very narrow and god knows how they got a horse through the small tunnel, not long after we reached the church then it was back onto the footpath towards Furtho village (loc) , this long abandoned hamlet has again been covered on one of our walks please click this link to view. We walked along the path towards the village of Potterspury then to Yardley Gobion which on the OS map has the site marked of an old castle and fish ponds (loc), well we had a good look around but never found a thing, on the net we found a few documents about the old history of the castle and some ariel photos show the outline of the moat but nothing else remains. The highlight of this walk was when we saw a Red fox coming out of woodland near to Paulerspury , a sighting of these mostly nocturnal animals is rare in the countryside I have seen loads in Milton Keynes and this one stood little over 50ft from us, it was stalking a brace of Pheasants without much luck. I went for the camera which I had put away a few moments before but by the time I had got it out and turned it on I only caught the back end of the fox. The walk follows the route into the villages of Pury end then the Wood Burcote, Towcester and finally Greens Norton, it was a bit of a let down really with not a lot of interest but got us out into the countryside for the afternoon and thats about it. The paths were sometimes a little overgrown and some signs were missing I don't think many people walk the whole length as we passed nobody. To recap, the best bit of this walk was the fox, and the end !!.

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