PERMANENT TRAILS


ORGANISED BY ISE VALLEY VAGABONDS


Rushden & Higham Ferrers  Historical Permanent Trail


CONTACT: Carol Jones, 138 Rushden Road, Wymington, Rushden, Northants NN10 9LE

Tel: 01933 314134 E-mail: caroljones138@btinternet.com

DISTANCE: 11 km
GRADE: 1
AALR STATUS: Exempt
RESTRICTIONS: None

ENTRY FEE: £1.00 per walker (Cheques payable to Ise Valley Vagabonds)
CONTROL SYSTEM: Questions
ENTRY SYSTEM: Postal  

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: PT 250

START VENUE: Market Square, Higham Ferrers, Rushden, Northants NN10 8DZ
OS map: 153 Grid Ref: SP960685


TRAIL FACILITIES
CAR PARKING: At the start ( Weekly parking restrictions apply. Street parking available nearby)

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Bus service within 1km of the start

TERRAIN: Hard surface and pavements

REFRESHMENTS: At start and various places along the route



DESCRIPTION OF TRAIL


Explore the sites of historical interest in the two towns and visit locations mentioned in “Love For Lydia”, by Rushden`s most famous son, the author H. E. Bates



BEDFORD

Country Park & Town Trail

CONTACT: Carol Jones, 138 Rushden Road, Wymington, Rushden, Northants NN10 9LE

Tel: 01933 314134 E-mail: caroljones138@btinternet.com

DISTANCE: 10 km
GRADE: 1
AALR STATUS: Exempt
RESTRICTIONS: None

ENTRY FEE: £1.00 per walker (Cheques payable to Ise Valley Vagabonds)
CONTROL SYSTEM: Questions
ENTRY SYSTEM: Postal

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: PT 211

START VENUE: Beefeater Steak House, Priory Marina, Barkers Lane, Bedford MK41 9DJ
OS map: 153 Grid Ref: TL071494


TRAIL FACILITIES

CAR PARKING: at the start Venue

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:Bus service within 1km of the start

TERRAIN: along riverside paths, through urban areas, along minor roads

Is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs

REFRESHMENTS: facilities on route


DESCRIPTION OF TRAIL

This trail takes in the Priory Country Park and riverside walks not covered by the Bedford River Walk, the historic Castle Motte and interesting parts of the modern centre of the town, whose Charter was first granted in 1166.

BEDFORD


The Marston Vale Timberland Trail


CONTACT: Carol Jones, 138 Rushden Road, Wymington, Rushden, Northants NN10 9LE

Tel: 01933 314134 E-mail: caroljones138@btinternet.com

DISTANCE: 21km
GRADE: 3 (3+ in winter months due to heavy clay soil in the fields in the first

3km, which can be avoided as in the trail description instructions)

ENTRY FEE: £1.00 per walker (Cheques payable to Ise Valley Vagabonds)
AWARD: Cloth Badge at £2.00 each
CONTROL SYSTEM: Questions
ENTRY SYSTEM: Postal

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: PT 196

START VENUE: The Forest Centre, Marston Vale Millennium Country Park,

Station Road, Marston Mortaine, Bedford MK43 0PR
OS map: 153 Grid Ref: TL005417


TRAIL FACILITIES

CAR PARKING: at Start Venue, from 10am to 6pm Mondays to Fridays, and to 5pm Saturdays and Sundays.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Bus from Bedford main Bus Station (or train from Bedford to Millbrook Station, from where the walk can also be started, as the Station is ½ way round the trail).
TERRAIN: Undulating woodland, farmland, minor roads and parkland trails.
REFRESHMENTS: At the Start Venue from 10am-6pm in summer, 3.30pm in winter.


DESCRIPTION OF TRAIL

A fully-waymarked trail starting from the Forest Centre, it crosses farmland before rising to take in the undulating wooded landscape along the edge of Marston Vale. Small villages and the market town of Ampthill with its historic parkland make this an interesting and exhilarating walk. Allow plenty of time for the walk to enjoy it fully.



BEDFORD


Marston Vale Millennium Country Park Trail


CONTACTS: Carol Jones, 138 Rushden Road, Wymington, Rushden, Northants

 NN10 9LE Tel: 01933 314134 E-mail: caroljones138@btinternet.com

DISTANCE: 10km
GRADE: 1

ENTRY FEE: £1.00 per walker (Cheques payable to Ise Valley Vagabonds)
AWARD: Cloth Badge at £2.00 each
CONTROL SYSTEM: Questions
ENTRY SYSTEM: Postal

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: PT 195

START VENUE: The Forest Centre, Marston Vale Millennium Country Park,

Station Road, Marston Mortaine, Bedford MK43 0PR
OS map: 153 Grid Ref: TL005417


TRAIL FACILITIES

CAR PARKING: At Start Venue, from 10am to 6pm Mondays to Fridays, and to 5pm Saturdays and Sundays.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Bus from Bedford main Bus Station (or train from Bedford to Millbrook Station, from where the walk can also be started, as the Station is ½ way round the trail).
TERRAIN: Flat lakeside paths.
REFRESHMENTS: At the Start Venue from 10am-6pm in summer, 3.30pm in winter.


DESCRIPTION OF TRAIL

Starting at the newly established Marston Vale Forest Park, this trail is a circular route around the Country Park, set up under the 'Forests for Communities' scheme. The walk takes you around the banks of re-naturalised former clay pits from the brick industry. This is a local example of environmental regeneration at work.



DAVENTRY  Permanent Trail


CONTACT: Carol Jones, 138 Rushden Road, Wymington, Rushden,

 Northants NN10 9LE Tel: 01933 314134 E-mail: caroljones138@btinternet.com

DISTANCE: 11km
GRADE: 2

ENTRY FEE: £1.00 per walker (Cheques payable to Ise Valley Vagabonds)
CONTROL SYSTEM: Questions
ENTRY SYSTEM: Postal

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: PT 165

START VENUE: Lodge Road Lower Car Park (Long Stay), Lodge Road, Daventry,

Northants NN11 4FP.
OS map: 152 Grid Ref: SP 575628


TRAIL FACILITIES

CAR PARKING: At start venue.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Bus service within 1km of start.
TERRAIN: Urban areas, minor roads and farmland.
REFRESHMENTS: Available at the start and various places on route.


DESCRIPTION OF TRAIL:

Starting and finishing at a country park, the route follows a disused railway line, now a cycleway and footpath, into town, then climbs up onto Borough Hill with its panoramic views.



LONDON (HOGARTH) Permanent Walk


CONTACT: Carol Jones, 138 Rushden Road, Wymington, Rushden, Northants NN10 9LE

Tel: 01933 314134 E-mail: caroljones138@btinternet.com

DISTANCE: 18km
GRADE: 1

ENTRY FEE: £1.00 per walker (Cheques payable to Ise Valley Vagabonds)
AWARD: Cloth Badge at £2.00 each
CONTROL SYSTEM: Questions
ENTRY SYSTEM: Postal

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: PT 17

START VENUE: Earl’s Court Underground Station (District & Circle lines)

OS map: 176 Grid Ref: TQ255785


TRAIL FACILITIES

TERRAIN: Urban areas, major and minor roads, and riverside paths.
REFRESHMENTS: Available at various places on route.

DESCRIPTION OF TRAIL: One for the tourist in you. Route passes Chelsea Royal Hospital, Vauxhall and Lambeth Bridges, Houses of parliament, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall, The Mall, Buckingham Palance, The serpentine, Albert Memorial, Royal Albert Hall, Natural History Museum. Lots to see. Allow plenty of time.



WARWICK Permanent Trail  


CONTACT: Carol Jones, 138 Rushden Road, Wymington, Rushden, Northants NN10 9LE

Tel: 01933 314134 E-mail: caroljones138@btinternet.com
DISTANCE: 12km
GRADE: 2
ENTRY FEE: £1.00 per walker (Cheques payable to Ise Valley Vagabonds)
CONTROL SYSTEM: Questions
ENTRY SYSTEM: Postal

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: PT 98

START VENUE: Budbrooke Church Centre Car Park, Church Lane, Budbrooke,

 Warwick CV35 8QL

OS map: 151 Grid Ref: SP258655      



TRAIL FACILITIES

CAR PARKING: At the start venue.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Bus and train service within 1km of start.
TERRAIN: Urban areas, roads and field paths.
REFRESHMENTS: Available at various pubs and restaurants on the route.


DESCRIPTION OF TRAIL:

Starting next to Warwick Racecourse, this walk passes through many interesting parts of this historic town. It incorporates a pleasant riverside walk with several glimpses of Warwick Castle. This trail cannot be walked on race days.


Note - Route closed on race days


2016 Race Days :


Jan 16, Jan 28, Feb 13, Feb 26, Mar 13, Mar 23, Apr 4, Apr 21, May 2, May 7, May 18.


(see also www.warwickracecourse.co.uk  &  www.racingfixtures.co.uk. for more dates in 2016 )

BEDFORD

River Walk


CONTACT: Carol Jones, 138 Rushden Road, Wymington, Rushden, Northants NN10 9LE

Tel: 01933 314134 E-mail: caroljones138@btinternet.com

DISTANCE: 11 km
GRADE: 1
AALR STATUS: Exempt
RESTRICTIONS: None

ENTRY FEE: £1.00 per walker (Cheques payable to Ise Valley Vagabonds)
CONTROL SYSTEM: Questions
ENTRY SYSTEM: Postal  

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: PT 205

START VENUE: Priory Country Park, Barkers Lane, Bedford MK41 9SH
OS map: 153 Grid Ref: TL072493


TRAIL FACILITIES
CAR PARKING: At the startVenue

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Bus service within 1km of the start

TERRAIN: along riverside paths, through urban areas, along minor roads

Is suitable for pushchairs and Same Box all 3 dayswheelchairs
REFRESHMENTS: facilities on route

DESCRIPTION OF TRAIL

A pleasant stroll visiting the village of Elstow, birthplace of Bedford's most famous son,

John Bunyan. Returning along the banks of the magnificent River Ouse



KETTERING Permanent Trail


CONTACT: Carol Jones, 138 Rushden Road, Wymington, Rushden, Northants NN10 9LE

Tel: 01933 314134 E-mail: caroljones138@btinternet.com

DISTANCE: 14km
GRADE: 2

ENTRY FEE: £1.00 per walker (Cheques payable to Ise Valley Vagabonds)
CONTROL SYSTEM: Questions

ENTRY SYSTEM: Postal

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: PT 57

START VENUE: London Road Pay & Display Car Park, London Road,

Kettering, Northants  NN15 7QA

OS map: 141 Grid Ref: SP869784


TRAIL FACILITIES

CAR PARKING: At start venue.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: The nearest railway station is Kettering.
TERRAIN: Urban areas, roads, farmland and riverside.
REFRESHMENTS: Available at various places on route.


DESCRIPTION OF TRAIL:

A stroll through town leads to the pretty villages of Weekley and Warkton. Returning alongside the River Ise brings you to Wicksteed Park, then back into town.


KING’S LYNN Permanent Walk


CONTACT: Carol Jones, 138 Rushden Road, Wymington, Rushden, Northants NN10 9LE

Tel: 01933 314134 E-mail: caroljones138@btinternet.com

DISTANCE: 11km
GRADE: 1

ENTRY FEE: £1.00 per walker (Cheques payable to Ise Valley Vagabonds)
AWARD: Cloth Badge at £2.00 each
CONTROL SYSTEM: Questions
ENTRY SYSTEM: Postal

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: PT 19

START VENUE: Boal Quay Car Park  Boal Quay, King's Lynn, Norfolk PE30 5AA
OS map: 132 Grid Ref: TF618196


TRAIL FACILITIES

CAR PARKING: At start venue.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: The nearest railway station to the start is King's Lynn.
TERRAIN: Urban areas, roads and cycleways. Suitable for pushchair's.
REFRESHMENTS: Available at various places on route.


DESCRIPTION OF TRAIL:

A new route exploring the River Great Ouse, the connection between King`s Lynn and the Hanseatic League of Northern Europe and the town itself


LONDON (HAMPSTEAD) Permanent Walk


CONTACT : Carol Jones, 138 Rushden Road, Wymington, Rushden, Northants NN10 9LE

Tel: 01933 314134 E-mail: caroljones138@btinternet.com
DISTANCE: 12km
GRADE: 1+
ENTRY FEE: £1.00 per walker (Cheques payable to Ise Valley Vagabonds)
AWARD: Cloth Badge at £2.00 each
CONTROL SYSTEM: Questions
ENTRY SYSTEM: Postal
ROUTE DESCRIPTION:
PT 16

START VENUE: Hampstead Underground Station (Northern Line)
OS map: 176 Grid Ref: TQ264858


TRAIL FACILITIES

CAR PARKING: Within 500m of start
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: The nearest tube station to the start is Hampstead.
TERRAIN: Urban areas, minor roads and heath land. Suitable for pushchairs.
REFRESHMENTS: Available various places on route.


DESCRIPTION OF TRAIL:

Visit Hampstead Heath, with excellent views over London. Pass fine residences of famous citizrns and the site of Ruth Ellis’s crime, before passing Kenwood House and then through Golders Hill Park with its deer enclosure and aviary. Plenty of toilets and cafes.



OXFORD Permanent Trail


CONTACT: Carol Jones, 138 Rushden Road, Wymington, Rushden, Northants NN10 9LE

Tel: 01933 314134 E-mail: caroljones138@btinternet.com

DISTANCE: 13km
GRADE: 1
AALR STATUS: Exempt
RESTRICTIONS: None

ENTRY FEE: £1.00 per walker (Cheques payable to Ise Valley Vagabonds)
CONTROL SYSTEM: Questions
ENTRY SYSTEM: Postal

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: PT 46

START VENUE: Bathing Place Car Park, Godstow Road, Wolvercote, Oxford OX2 8PJ
OS map: 164 Grid Ref: SP487095


TRAIL FACILITIES

CAR PARKING: and toilets at the start

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Bus service within 1km of the start

TERRAIN: Goes through urban areas,long minor roads,along riverside paths

REFRESHMENTS: facilities on route

DESCRIPTION OF TRAIL:

Explore the world of Inspector Morse. Walk into Oxford along the canal and then pass all of the main tourist sights and colleges before following the Oxford Canal and then River Thames to Port Meadow. Pass the Trout Inn if you can!



RUGBY The Lawrence Sheriff Trail


CONTACT: Carol Jones, 138 Rushden Road, Wymington, Rushden, Northants NN10 9LE

Tel: 01933 314134 E-mail: caroljones138@btinternet.com

DISTANCE: 10km
GRADE: 2

ENTRY FEE: £1.00 per walker (Cheques payable to Ise Valley Vagabonds)
AWARD: Cloth Badge at £2.00 each
CONTROL SYSTEM: Questions
ENTRY SYSTEM: Postal

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: PT 194

START VENUE: Railway Terrace Long Stay Car Park, Rugby, Warks CV21 3HQ

OS map: 140 Grid Ref: SP506753


TRAIL FACILITIES

CAR PARKING: At start venue.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Bus & Train service within 0.5km of start.

TERRAIN: Road and hard track.

REFRESHMENTS: Available at various places on route.


DESCRIPTION OF TRAIL:

This is where the game of rugby began. Tour the town, see the Rugby Football Museum, pass Rugby School and imagine William Webb Ellis picking up the football.



STRATFORD UPON AVON Shakespeare Stroll


CONTACT: Carol Jones, 138 Rushden Road, Wymington,

Rushden, Northants NN10 9LE

Tel: 01933 314134 E-mail: caroljones138@btinternet.com
DISTANCE: 10km
GRADE: 1
ENTRY FEE: £1.00 per walker (Cheques payable to Ise Valley Vagabonds)
CONTROL SYSTEM: Questions
ENTRY SYSTEM: Postal
ROUTE DESCRIPTION:
PT 20

START VENUE: Seven Meadows Car Park (aka The Stratford Greenway), Seven Meadows Road, Stratford Upon Avon,

Warks, CV37 6GR. Winter car park times (08:00-16:00) apply.
OS map: 151 Grid Ref: SP 196 540.


TRAIL FACILITIES

CAR PARKING: The route starts at a large free car park.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: The nearest railway station to the start is Stratford upon Avon.
TERRAIN: Urban areas, roads, canal towpaths and riverside paths. Suitable for pushchairs.
REFRESHMENTS: Available at various places on route.


DESCRIPTION OF TRAIL:

The walk is on pavements and made up paths, there are no hills, which make it suitable for pushchairs. An old market town, birthplace of William Shakespeare, Stratford has many faces to show the tourist - beautiful houses, a modern new theatre, the river Avon, and of course many attractions linked with the Immortal Bard.
The walk includes canal and riverside, the town, and passes Anne Hathaway's cottage. There are many refreshment facilities in the town centre. Toilet facilities are limited.


STAMFORD Permanent Trail


CONTACT: Carol Jones, 138 Rushden Road, Wymington, Rushden, Northants NN10 9LE

Tel: 01933 314134 E-mail: caroljones138@btinternet.com
DISTANCE: 10km
GRADE: 1
ENTRY FEE: £1.00 per walker (Cheques payable to Ise Valley Vagabonds)
AWARD: Cloth Badge at £2.00 each
CONTROL SYSTEM: Questions
ENTRY SYSTEM: Postal

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: PT 18

START VENUE: Station Road Long Stay Car Park, Station Road, Stamford,

 Lincs PE9 2WB
OS map: 141 Grid Ref: TF029068


TRAIL FACILITIES

CAR PARKING: At start venue and there are several other pay and display car parks in and around the town centre.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: The nearest railway station to the start is Stamford. The start venue is adjacent.
TERRAIN: Urban areas, minor roads and farmland.
REFRESHMENTS: Available at various places on route.


DESCRIPTION OF TRAIL:

Visit the picturesque stone-built town dating from Roman times. Pass through the grounds of Burghley House before returning to the town. NB Burghley House grounds will not be accessible when the horse trials are taking place – early September each year.

Permanent trails are self guided walks.

They can be walked at any time to obtain IVV credit

"European walkers - we will accept payment in Euros (cash) for our trails.

    Walk €2,00 Award €4,00"

To access the route description and registration form PDF, scroll down to the Permanent Trail that you are interested in and then click on the PT number next to the words 'Route Description'



TRAIL GRADING


These have been introduced to enable walkers to decide which trails are suitable for them

Grade 1
An easy walk on pavement or well-maintained paths with minimal stiles or hills.
May be suitable for wheelchairs and pushchair's.


Grade 2
A moderate walk in any setting with some difficult terrain, one or two substantial hills, steps or stiles.
Pushchair's and wheelchairs questionable.


Grade 3
A more difficult walk. All on poorly maintained paths or tracks, rough fields or woods.
Steep climbs, rough, uneven terrain or frequent stiles.
Not likely to be suitable for wheelchairs or pushchair's.
Participants with health problems should take caution.


Where a Trail falls between 2 categories then a plus has been added to the lower grade.



WELLINGBOROUGH Country Park & Town Permanent Trail


CONTACT: Carol Jones, 138 Rushden Road, Wymington, Rushden, Northants NN10 9LE

Tel: 01933 314134 E-mail: caroljones138@btinternet.com

DISTANCE: 12km
GRADE: 1
ENTRY FEE: £1.00 per walker (Cheques payable to Ise Valley Vagabonds)
CONTROL SYSTEM: Questions
ENTRY SYSTEM: Postal

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: PT 15

START VENUE: Embankment Car Park, The Embankment, Wellingborough,

 Northants NN8 1LD
OS map: 152 Grid Ref: SP901667


TRAIL FACILITIES

CAR PARKING: At the start venue and there are several other car parks in the town centre, most of which are free.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: The nearest railway station is Wellingborough.
TERRAIN: Urban areas and minor roads. Suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
REFRESHMENTS: Available at various places along the route.


DESCRIPTION OF TRAIL:

A circuit around Irchester Country Park followed by a tour of 'Waendel' town incorporating areas not utilised in previous versions of the trail.



Woodstock & Blenheim Park Permanent Trail


CONTACT: Carol Jones, 138 Rushden Road, Wymington, Rushden, Northants NN10 9LE

Tel: 01933 314134 E-mail: caroljones138@btinternet.com

DISTANCE: 11 km

GRADE: 1

AALR STATUS: Exempt

RESTRICTIONS: None

ENTRY FEE: £1.00 per walker (Cheques payable to Ise Valley Vagabonds)

Award :  Free souvenir sticker available on request

CONTROL SYSTEM: Questions

ENTRY SYSTEM: Postal  

ROUTE DESCRIPTION:PT 259

START VENUE:   Hensington Road Long Stay Car Park, Woodstock, Oxon OX20 1JH

OS map: 164  Grid Ref: SP 447168


TRAIL FACILITIES

CAR PARKING: At the start (Free)

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Bus service within 1km of the start

TERRAIN: Urban roads, minor roads, parkland, woods and fields

REFRESHMENTS: Facilities on route


DESCRIPTION OF TRAIL:

A short tour of quaint Woodstock, before taking a circular walk through the extensive grounds of Blenheim Park, with good views of Blenheim Palace (the route does not involve accessing any of the 'pay' areas of the grounds)


BEDFORD

King William IV Walk Kempston


CONTACT: Carol Jones, 138 Rushden Road, Wymington, Rushden, Northants NN10 9LE

Tel: 01933 314134 E-mail: caroljones138@btinternet.com

DISTANCE: 13km
GRADE: 2

ENTRY FEE: £1.00 per walker (Cheques payable to Ise Valley Vagabonds)
AWARD: Cloth Badge at £2.00 each
CONTROL SYSTEM: Questions
ENTRY SYSTEM: Postal

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: PT 197

START VENUE: King William IV Pub, 56 High Street, Kempston,

Bedford MK42 7AL
OS map: 153 Grid Ref: TL025473


TRAIL FACILITIES

CAR PARKING: At start venue.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: From Bedford main Bus Station.
TERRAIN: Minor roads and farmland.
REFRESHMENTS: At Start Venue from 11am-11pm daily,

and at a pub on the route at 5km.


DESCRIPTION OF TRAIL

Departing from a 17th Century Inn, now a pub & restaurant, the walk crosses farmland, along the river Great Ouse, traverses two golf courses, passes through small villages and quiet woods with quaint village pubs along the way.

The final stretch along the river traverses an avenue of lime trees.