Museum Volunteer, Mike Arnold, has compiled his knowledge and history of Daventry’s beautiful, open spaces and created these fascinating self-guided walks, which you can download here for free.
(Please note: These walks have been trialed and were safe to walk at the time of publishing, but Daventry Town Council and Museum take no responsibility for those choosing to complete these walks).
Take a self-guided walk in the countryside of Daventry on Borough Hill. This ancient hill fort is an English Heritage protected site managed by West Northants Council. You can explore the site more via this wonderful story map created by CLASP and Museum of London Archaeology.
Some of the artefacts excavated from the hill are in the museum collection.
The museum also holds a large collection of items from the BBC broadcasting station at Borough Hill. Learn more by searching our online collection using the keyword ‘broadcasting’.
Download the self-guided walk below and explore the geology, nature and history, including the English Civil War history of this beautiful location. You could even download and view it on your device whilst walking the route.
Daventry Town Centre
Discover what’s on your doorstep and learn about this historic market town through the Daventry Town Centre self-guided walk. You will be taken back through the ages and find out about the controversial (at the time) Burton Memorial at the top of the High Street, and the former cell at the Moot Hall – the museum has an original cell door on display as well as has the original 1600s Moot Hall clock mechanism in its collection.
Ride or ramble through Daventry’s medieval open fields
This guide takes you on a history walk around Daventry’s Country Park, canal, and railway system, all of which were once a medieval field to the north of the town. Be prepared to take half a day to walk/ramble or bicycle ride as this guide incorporates more of the Daventry Parish and is 8 miles long!
The guide has been separated into two sections, which can be walked or ridden on a bicycle, either together or as separate routes. The guides start at the Country Park car park however, you can start anywhere on either route. Both the routes are of approximately 2.5 miles each. All the paths are shared cycle/footpaths so please take care and respect other users.