Circular walk from Hartwell via Grafton Regis and Stoke Bruerne

The White Hart - Grafton Regis

This was a filler walk, so I won’t go into too much detail. The walk goes from Hartwell, via Salcey Forest and the tip of Long Street Hanslope to Grafton Regis – with a slight detour to make sure we didn’t get to the pub before opening!

After a lovely lunch at The White Hart, we followed the canal, up the locks, to Stoke Bruerne. After another pint, we visited the entrance to Blisworth tunnel (since when did it become a tourist attraction?) and then made our way, across the fields, back to Hartwell via Roade – ending in the Rose and Crown in Hartwell for a final pint!

Route Details

Date 3rd May 2008
Length 15.2 miles
Time Taken 7.5 hours
Average Speed 2 mph
Max Height 431ft
Min Height 230ft
Height Gain 678ft
Dogs Angel & Rolo
Guest Walkers Alex
Map Explorer 207 (Newport Pagnell & Northampton South)

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Stoke Bruerne lock

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2 Replies to “Circular walk from Hartwell via Grafton Regis and Stoke Bruerne”

  1. hello i have friends in stoke bruerne
    Lee and helen and recently visited its such a nice village and area
    please can youtell me of any up and coming events over easter
    thank you and much obliged John CLAYTON LE MOORS

  2. John,

    There is a comprehensive website –, which contains a whole host of information about the area around Towcester (including Stoke Bruerne).

    In the other direction Roade (, Ashton ( and Hartwell ( all have websites updated with village events.

    Further afield try the local paper websites for Northampton ( and for Milton Keynes (

    Enjoy your Easter.


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