Explore the beautiful countryside and views around Boddington – below are links to walks and nature sites around the Boddington area.
To help us all enjoy the wonderful countryside around us, here is a copy of the countryside code, with a link to the complete version, which states the obligations for both landowners and users.
Respect, Protect, Enjoy
Respect other people: consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors leave gates and property as you find them and follow paths unless wider access is available
Protect the natural environment: leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home keep dogs under effective control
Enjoy the outdoors: plan ahead and be prepared follow advice and local signs
For more information see The Countryside Code
You can see the evidence of history as it still remains in the architechture of some of the old dwellings, and enjoy the beauty of lovely countryside. You can download a printable version of the map and commentary
Thanks must go to Helen Fairfield who did some of the maps and Charmain Worrall and Terry Stokes for the sketches.
The walk starts at the Church in Upper Boddington. Dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, this medieval church shows examples of three styles of architecture. The tower contains five bells and a sermon bell. Interesting external features include the corbel course with much-weathered carvings below the lower gutter, and a faint sundial above the porch, the walls of which are supported by a curious pair of braces. Can you find the outline of an old window (more clearly seen from inside the Church) and a three-sided sundial on a tombstone? Inside the church you should look at the great treasure - the iron-bound chest carved out of a single tree trunk, inside which there are two compartments. Also see the two tomb recesses dating from 1300, and a stained glass window erected as a parents’ thanksgiving - does anyone know more about it? Looking about, you will be aware of the lack of vertical lines in the windows and columns, and you will have noted a gap in the top of the nave walls behind the fretwork - presumably the roof is supported on the inner walls only.
The car parks to this reservoir (which provides water for the Oxford Canal) are on the road between Upper Boddington and Byfield. https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit-pdf/Boddington.pdf
There are two Wildlife Trust managed sites around the reservoir – Byfield Pool which was the original canal reservoir, built in the 1790s, www.wildlifebcn.org/reserves/byfield-pool and Boddington Meadow, www.wildlifebcn.org/reserves/boddington-meadow named as Northamptonshire’s Coronation Meadow, an outstanding example of our remaining meadows, rich in a wealth of flowers and able to be held up as the flagship meadow for the county. It is used as a donor for seeds to create a new meadow in Kingsthorpe, nr Northampton. http://coronationmeadows.org.uk
The Millennium Way is a 100 ml route that runs between Pershore (Worcs) and Middleton Cheney (Northants), passing through both Upper and Lower Boddington.
44 circular walks have also been devised along the Millenuim Way’s length, with walks 19 (5.5 mile circular walk from Upper Boddington) and 31 (7 mile circular walk from Claydon enjoying the delightful villages of Upper and Lower Boddington) passing through Boddington.
If you would rather walk in a group, why not try Adventure Sheds walks? www.facebook.com/adventureshed
They organise guided walks in the area with first aiders present – varying distances, but please contact them first, as Health and Safety paperwork needs completing prior to walking.
Well behaved dogs are welcome.