PERMANENT TRAILS


ORGANISED BY ISE VALLEY VAGABONDS

The Ise Valley Vagabonds organise 20 permanent trails, predominantly in Northamptonshire and surrounding counties.


Permanent trails are self guided walks, that can be walked at any time to obtain IVV credit. Just download the route description, enjoy the walk answering the questions as you go and then complete the entry form with your answers and send them (along with you walk fee, your IVV books/insert cards and a self addressed envelope) to our Permanent Trail Co-ordinator.  


The Walk fees for each walk is £1 (cheque’s payable to “Ise Valley Vagabonds”), some trails also have awards that can be purchased separately, see trail for details. "Overseas walkers - we will accept payment in Euros (cash) for our trails.

    Walk €2,00 Award (where applicable) €4,00"


Any questions about any of or permanent Trails or to claim your IVV credit contact our Permanent Trail Co-ordinator - Carol Jones,  138 Rushden Road, Wymington, Rushden, Northants NN10 9LE Tel: 01933 314134 E-mail: caroljones138@btinternet.com

WELLINGBOROUGH Country Park & Town Permanent Trail, 12km (PT 15)


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


START VENUE: Embankment Car Park, The Embankment, Wellingborough, Northants NN8 1LD
OS map: 152 Grid Ref: SP 901667


GRADE: 1


CLICK HERE FOR THE ROUTE DESCRIPTION

HAMPSTEAD Permanent Trail, 12km (PT 16)


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


START VENUE: Hampstead Underground Station (Northern Line)
OS map: 176 Grid Ref: TQ 264858


GRADE: 1+


CLICK HERE FOR THE ROUTE DESCRIPTION

LONDON (HOGARTH) Permanent Trail, 18km (PT 17)


One for the tourist.  It passes Chelsea Royal Hospital, Vauxhall and Lambeth bridges, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall, Buckingham Palace, the Serpentine, Albert Memorial, Albert Hall, Natural History and Science museums.  Lots to see.


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

OS map: 176 Grid Ref: TQ 255785


GRADE: 1


CLICK HERE FOR THE ROUTE DESCRIPTION

STAMFORD Permanent Trail, 10km (PT 18)


From the grounds of Burghley House, visit the picturesque stone-built town of Stamford, dating from the Roman times. Return via the grounds of Burghley House (not open when the Horse Trials are taking place – early September every year).


START VENUE: Free Car Park, via ‘Burghley House Visitors Entrance’, Pilsgate Lodges, Barnack Road, Stamford PE9 3JU
OS map: 141/142  Grid Ref:  GR 050062


GRADE: 1


CLICK HERE FOR THE ROUTE DESCRIPTION

KING’S LYNN Permanent Trail, 11km (PT 19)


The route explores the River Great Ouse, the connections between King’s Lynn and the Hanseatic League of Northern Europe and the town itself.


START VENUE: Boal Quay Car Park  Boal Quay, King's Lynn, Norfolk PE30 5AA
OS map: 132 Grid Ref: TF 618196


GRADE: 1


CLICK HERE FOR THE ROUTE DESCRIPTION

OXFORD Permanent Trail, 13km (PT 46)


Explore the world of Inspector Morse.  Walk into Oxford along the canal and then pass all the main tourist sites and colleges before following the canal and River Thames to Port Meadow and the Trout Inn.


START VENUE: Bathing Place Car Park, Godstow Road, Wolvercote, Oxford OX2 8PJ
OS map: 164 Grid Ref: SP 487095


GRADE: 1


CLICK HERE FOR THE ROUTE DESCRIPTION

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON Permanent Trail, 10km (PT 20)


Take time to explore the town where William Shakespeare was born.  Don’t miss the must-see sights connected with him, including Anne Hathaway’s cottage and the modern Shakespeare Theatre.


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

Warks, CV37 6GR.
OS map: 151 Grid Ref: SP 196540.


GRADE: 1

CLICK HERE FOR THE ROUTE DESCRIPTION

KETTERING Permanent Trail, 14km (PT 57)


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.


START VENUE: London Road Pay & Display Car Park, London Road, Kettering, Northants  NN15 7QA

OS map: 141 Grid Ref: SP 869784


GRADE: 2


CLICK HERE FOR THE ROUTE DESCRIPTION

WARWICK Permanent Trail, 12km (PT 98)  


The route starts just outside Warwick.  Takes in canals, riverside, parkland, Warwick Castle and old Warwick and then crosses the racecourse and on through fields.  Plenty to see.  Please see route description for Warwick race days – the route is closed on those days.


Note - Route closed on race days

2017 Race Days : Jan 14, Jan 26, Feb 11, Feb 24, Mar 12, Mar 22, Mar 30, Apr 24, May 1, May 13, May 25, Sept 26, Oct 5, Nov 10, Nov 22, Dec 14 & Dec 31.

(see also www.warwickracecourse.co.uk  &  www.racingfixtures.co.uk. for dates of race days)


START VENUE: Budbrooke Church Centre Car Park, Church Lane, Budbrooke, Warwick CV35 8QL

OS map: 151 Grid Ref: SP 258655   

GRADE: 2


CLICK HERE FOR THE ROUTE DESCRIPTION

DAVENTRY  Permanent Trail, 11km(PT 165)


Explore the town, climb up to the old broadcasting station and enjoy the panoramic views.  Visit the country park and then return to own via a disused railway line and cycleway.


START VENUE: Lodge Road Lower Car Park (Long Stay), Lodge Road, Daventry, Northants NN11 4FP.
OS map: 152 Grid Ref: SP 575628


GRADE: 2


CLICK HERE FOR THE ROUTE DESCRIPTION

RUGBY Permanent Trail, 10km (PT 194)


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.


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

OS map: 140 Grid Ref: SP 506753


GRADE: 2

CLICK HERE FOR THE ROUTE DESCRIPTION

MARSTON VALE Millennium Country Park Trail, 10km (PT 195)


Within the Marston Vale Forest Park, this circular route goes around the Park, set up under the ‘Forests for Communities’ scheme.  The walk takes you around a former clay pit from the brick industry, a local example of environmental regeneration at work.


START VENUE: The Forest Centre, Marston Vale Millennium Country Park, Station Road, Marston Mortaine, Bedford MK43 0PR
OS map: 153 Grid Ref: TL 005417


GRADE: 1


CLICK HERE FOR THE ROUTE DESCRIPTION

BEDFORD - King William IV Walk Kempston, 13km (PT 197)


Starting at a 17th century inn, the walk crosses farmland along the River Great Ouse, traverses two golf courses and passes through small villages and woods.  The final stretch by the river is along an avenue of lime trees.


START VENUE: King William IV Pub, 56 High Street, Kempston, Bedford MK42 7AL
OS map: 153 Grid Ref: TL 024473


GRADE: 2

CLICK HERE FOR THE ROUTE DESCRIPTION

BEDFORD -The Marston Vale Timberland Trail, (21km) (PT 196)


This fully waymarked trail starts at the Forest Centre, crosses farmland then rises to take in the wooded landscape of the Greensand Ridge.  This, with the town of Ampthill and its historic parkland, make for an interesting, if strenuous, walk.


START VENUE: The Forest Centre, Marston Vale Millennium Country Park, Station Road, Marston Mortaine, Bedford MK43 0PR
OS map: 153 Grid Ref: TL005417


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)


CLICK HERE FOR THE ROUTE DESCRIPTION

BEDFORD - River Walk, 11km (PT 205)


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


START VENUE: Priory Country Park, Barkers Lane, Bedford MK41 9SH
OS map: 153 Grid Ref: TL 072493


GRADE: 1


CLICK HERE FOR THE ROUTE DESCRIPTION

BEDFORD Country Park & Town Trail, 10km (PT 211)


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.


START VENUE: Priory Country Park, Barkers Lane, Bedford MK41 9SH
OS map: 153 Grid Ref: TL 072494


GRADE: 1


CLICK HERE FOR THE ROUTE DESCRIPTION

Rushden & Higham Ferrers  Historical Trail, 11km (PT 250)


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


Note - The car parking at the Market Square is closed for the Farmers Market (last Saturday of the month) & other special events. Other car parks/street parking are nearby.

(see also www.highamferrers-tc.gov.uk &  www.highamferrerstourism.org.uk. for dates of special events)


START VENUE: Market Square, Higham Ferrers, Rushden, Northants NN10 8DZ
OS map: 153 Grid Ref: SP 960685


GRADE: 1


CLICK HERE FOR THE ROUTE DESCRIPTION

Woodstock & Blenheim Park Permanent Trail, 11km (PT 259)


A short tour of quaint Woodstock, before taking a circular walk through the extensive grounds of Blenheim Park, with good views of Blenheim Palace.


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

OS map: 164  Grid Ref: SP 447168


GRADE: 1


CLICK HERE FOR THE ROUTE DESCRIPTION

Marston Vale Jubilee Walk, 11km (PT 274) NEW FOR 2017


From Marston Vale Country Park, through surrounding countryside to Hunger Hill and Rectory Wood, returning via ancient woodland of Marston Thrift. Can be combined with 2 other trails from the same venue for a longer walk


START VENUE: Forest Centre, Station Road, Marston Moretaine MK43 0PR

OS map: 153 GRID REF : TL 005418


GRADE: 2

CLICK HERE FOR THE ROUTE DESCRIPTION

City Of Leicester Heritage Trail, 11km (PT 275) NEW FOR 2017


An easy hard-surface route between two of the city`s largest Victorian parks via numerous historic buildings and heritage sites including King Richard III and Thomas Cook. Also a long stretch of Grand Union Canal towpath unsuitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. Plenty of refreshment facilities, toilets and historic information panels.


START VENUE: Victoria Park car park, Granville Road, Leicester LE1 7RU

OS map: 140 GRID REF: SK 597035


GRADE: 1


CLICK HERE FOR THE 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.