Grafton Way (footpath)

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The Grafton Way is a 13-mile (21 km) [1] [2] (also measured at 11.5 miles or 18.5 kilometres) [3] footpath in Northamptonshire, England. It runs south east from Greens Norton to Cosgrove (or Wolverton [4] ), where it meets the Knightley Way. [2] It is named after the Dukes of Grafton, major land-owners in the area in the 18th and 19th centuries. [3]

Northamptonshire County of England

Northamptonshire, archaically known as the County of Northampton, is a county in the East Midlands of England. In 2015 it had a population of 723,000. The county is administered by Northamptonshire County Council and by seven non-metropolitan district councils. It is known as "The Rose of the Shires".

Greens Norton village in Northamptonshire, United Kingdom

Greens Norton is a village in South Northamptonshire, England, just over 1 mile (1.6 km) from Towcester. At the time of the 2001 census, the parish's population was 1,587 people, including Caswell and Duncote but the population reducing to 1,526 at the 2011 census.

Cosgrove, Northamptonshire village in Northamptonshire, England

Cosgrove is a village in Northamptonshire, England about 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Stony Stratford, 6 miles (9.7 km) north of central Milton Keynes and 12 miles (19.3 km) south of Northampton along the A508 road and 8 miles (12.9 km) south-east of Towcester along the A5 road. The River Tove passes to the east of the village flowing into the River Great Ouse just south, the latter marking the boundary with Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. The Grand Union Canal passes through the middle of the village.

It is recognised by the Long Distance Walkers Association and is marked on Ordnance Survey maps. [1]

Long Distance Walkers Association

The Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA) is a British association whose aim is "to further the common interests of those who enjoy Long Distance Walking". It was established in 1972 by Chris Steer, Alan and Barbara Blatchford and has over 7,000 members. It defines a "long distance walk" as "any walk over 20 miles".

Ordnance Survey organisation that creates maps of Great Britain

Ordnance Survey (OS) is the national mapping agency of the United Kingdom which covers the island of Great Britain. Since 1 April 2015 part of Ordnance Survey has operated as Ordnance Survey Ltd, a government-owned company, 100% in public ownership. The Ordnance Survey Board remains accountable to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. It is also a member of the Public Data Group.

The walk starts in the centre of Greens Norton, and heads south east, skirting the south-west edge of Towcester. It passes through the hamlet of Pury End near Paulerspury, and crosses the A5 road (the ancient Watling Street) before passing the south-west of Yardley Gobion and the deserted village of Furtho to reach Cosgrove on the Grand Union Canal. Some descriptions of the walk stop here, others continue along the canal tow-path to Old Wolverton on the outskirts of Milton Keynes. [5]

Towcester town in Northamptonshire, England

Towcester is a market town in Northamptonshire, England. It is the administrative headquarters of the South Northamptonshire district council.

Pury End human settlement in United Kingdom

Pury End is a hamlet of approximately 100 houses in the civil parish of Paulerspury, near Towcester in South Northamptonshire, England. The Grafton Way footpath crosses through the village and runs down Carey's Road. The population of the parish, including Pury End, Plumpton and Paulerspury, was 1,018 in the 2011 census.

Paulerspury village in United Kingdom

Paulerspury is a civil parish and small village in Northamptonshire, England, within the district of South Northamptonshire. It is approximately 3 miles (5 km) south of Towcester and 8 miles (13 km) north of Milton Keynes along the A5 road. The parish also contains the hamlets or villages of Pury End, Pury Hill and Heathencote; at the time of the 2001 census, its population was 991 people. The 2011 population was 1,018.

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  1. 1 2 "Grafton Way". Long Distance Walkers Association . Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  2. 1 2 "The Grafton Way". Cosgrove and Furtho. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  3. 1 2 "County Paths: Grafton Way". Northamptonshire Highways. Northamptonshire County Council. Archived from the original on 30 June 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  4. "Longer paths". South Northamptonshire Council. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  5. "The Grafton Way" (PDF). South Northamptonshire Council. Leaflet with detailed map and route profile

Coordinates: 52°04′32″N0°50′54″W / 52.0755°N 0.8482°W / 52.0755; -0.8482

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