Boundary Walk – Thank You!

Thank you for registering for the walk.

Please read the following information as you will find it very useful:

STAUNCH has been set up to oppose and build public awareness of the inappropriate planning proposals both locally and throughout North Northamptonshire. Twenty-two villages are working together with a long term aim of gaining Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty status to the Upper Nene Valley, providing protection to this beautiful countryside, so it can be enjoyed by future generations. STAUNCH hopes to build public awareness of the inappropriate developments being proposed in the Upper Nene Valley. Should either application go to appeal, as is anticipated, any funds raised will go towards the payment of barrister fees relating to any objections.

All of the walks begin from the porch of St Mary’s Church, Titchmarsh.

Start Times:

Long and Medium walk – 7.30am

Short Walk – 10.30am

Distance and terrain:

Long walk – approx. 17 miles – country lanes, public footpaths, field boundaries, crossing ditches, the A14  twice and the A605 . It covers the complete boundary of Titchmarsh parish including Castle Manor Farm and the Glebeland which is the land proposed for development.

Medium walk -approx. 10 miles – country lanes, public footpaths, field boundaries, crossing ditches and the A14 twice. It covers approx. half the boundary of Titchmarsh parish.

Short walk – approx. 5 miles – country lanes, public footpaths, field boundaries, Titchmarsh Nature Reserve crossing the A605 and covers part of the boundary of Titchmarsh parish including the Glebeland proposed development site.

Suggested equipment needed – walking boots or stout shoes, waterproofs, a walking stick or walking poles especially to help when crossing ditches, mobile phone to contact walk leader if needed and your own bottle of water

Parking – The Playing Field car park is available (finger post to guide you) and there is ample parking around the village at the side of the roads.

Refreshments -There are 2 refreshment stops for the long walk and 1 stop for the medium and short walks. Coffee, tea and cold drinks will be available. Cake including gluten free cake will be available.

At the end of your walk, further refreshments can be obtained from Titchmarsh Village Shop which sells fresh rolls, hot savoury pastries, cakes, hot and cold drinks and more besides.

The Wheatsheaf pub offers drinks and meals, but meals will need to be booked in advance.

Both have pleasant gardens where you can sit outside when the weather is fine.

Or why not bring your own picnic, as there are many pleasant places in the village to sit and relax.

Health and Safety – all possible checks and practices have been put in place to protect your safety including insurance, a recce of the walk routes beforehand and risk assessments carried out. The telephone number of the route leader will be available if needed. Route marshals will be on hand at major road crossings. However, it is understood that you take part in this activity at your own risk.

If you are participating in Sponsor the Dog, you may wish to bring the telephone number of your vet, in case it is needed.

Maps are available showing the full 17 mile route and provides a history of the Boundary Walk including Beating the Bounds for a cost of 50p.

Sponsor the Dog – this is a fun activity allowing pets to help the wildlife under threat, by the proposed development. Animals helping animals! Dogs can be sponsored by the number of miles they walk to help raise funds for STAUNCH.

Dogs can be sponsored by the number of miles they walk to help raise funds for STAUNCH. Sponsorship forms are available to download here.

Please note all dogs MUST be kept on their lead at ALL times. Please bring “poo” bags with you. There are several “Poo” bins in Titchmarsh to get rid of your bags on your return.

STAUNCH T shirts – these will be available to wear on the day and we hope for a donation of at least £6 to cover costs and also to raise awareness in the locality as we walk. You can order them in advance here.

If you have any questions, please contact: