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19th June 2020

This week’s walk (7.7 miles) is in the far eastern part of the county and includes a visit to a rather special monument. It takes in some of Northamptonshire’s most beautiful woodland and countryside so listen out for some great birdsong. We heard a fabulous cuckoo…

We start at the church in the lovely village of Nassington, which has existed since Anglo Saxon times, before passing into open meadow with wild flowers and butterflies. 

The route then enters Old Sulehay Forest, part of the ancient Rockingham Forest, a former royal hunting forest. From here we move into Croker Wood to finally emerge on a bridleway through Kings Cliffe Industrial Estate that will take us to the monument.

Hidden away in a corner of the forest is the concrete floor of a former World War II aircraft hanger and at one end is a plinth marking the exact spot where American Big Band Leader, Glenn Miller conducted his orchestra in their last ever hanger concert. Shortly after, Miller’s aircraft disappeared whilst crossing the English Channel. You can stand where he did and really ‘feel’ the history.

Our return path loops through more beautiful woods and heathland to return to Nassington. 

The walk itself takes just hours, but you may wish to take a picnic and spend longer in either the meadows or the woods.

Full details of the walk can be found here:

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