A Summertime walk

“Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August”
Jenny Han

Waking up early on a warm July morning in the quiet Northamptonshire village of Blisworth – not something I do on a regular basis, but recently, this is where I found myself. After staring out at the clear blue sky, I had to choose whether to go back to dreamland, or get up and go explore; thankfully, I chose the latter.

I was staying once again at the Walnut Tree Inn, located about a mile and a half from Blisworth’s main village, so having checked google maps, I plotted my route and headed out into the early morning, armed with my iPhone, camera and cap. My route took me a short distance from The Walnut Tree to the ‘Station Road Bridge’, which spans the magnificent Grand Union Canal. From here I clambered down the bank to the canal itself, and found it’s path leading to the village.

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The view of the Grand Union Canal, from Station Road Bridge

Following the towpath, I passed wonderful narrowboats as the canal meandered towards the next bridge, known as Candle Bridge. Being such a glorious morning, it was a slow walk, involving lots of photos and friendly ‘good mornings’.

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Heading down the towpath
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A wonderful collection of pots and even a watering can

The walk along to Candle Bridge was probably the highlight of the morning, it was so peaceful and picturesque, with the wonderful colours of Summer on show.

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Spot the fisherman
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Approaching Candle Bridge
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The fascinating story of how the bridge got it’s name
The view further along the canal from under Candle Bridge
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… and back towards Candle Bridge

From Candle Bridge, I returned to the road, and completed the short walk towards the main village. First up was that focal point of all good villages, the village pub, The Royal Oak.

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Drinks anyone?

The walk then continued along the high street, past thatched cottages and neatly manicured lawns and gardens.

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Such amazing street views
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My favourite shot – love the Hovis sign next door

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Even the local Church had caught the World Cup fever
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Once again at the canal, and this stunning view dominated by Blisworth Mill, an old flour mill built in 1879, but now converted into luxury apartments

After some 2 hours of walking, I returned back to The Walnut Tree for a well deserved ‘full english’. Living overseas, it is warm summer days and locations such as Blisworth, that make me miss the UK a great deal – this is the Country at her beautiful best.

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