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• Althorp

Near Harlestone,
off A428

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Althorp
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Image of Althorp HouseAlthorp is one of Northamptonshire's biggest tourist attractions. The Spencer family have lived here for more than 500 years. It's now mainly famous for being the ancestral home of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Earl Spencer lives here with his family. He has opened a museum celebrating Diana's life and work. You can also have a tour of the house and see the Oval Lake and the island, where Diana was laid to rest. See below for more information.
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5 sun rating A first class visitor attraction. The areas open to the public are well designed and signposted. The people on duty are helpful and well trained. Everywhere is neat and tidy. The exhibition on Diana is well presented. Whatever you think of Diana, it's well worth a visit to Althorp.
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• Borough Hill

Off Admirals Way,
to the east of Daventry.

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Image of Borough Hill, DaventryFive thousand years ago, there was a fort on the top of this hill which overlooks Daventry. There's also evidence of a Roman villa having been here. Until the 1990s, the BBC transmitted the World Service from the shortwave transmitters on Borough Hill. The BBC station is now closed and the hill is a large area of public grassland. A good place to go for excellent views and a relaxing walk.
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• Brixworth County Park / Pitsford Water

Off the A508 Northampton Road, Brixworth.

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The country park is alongside Pitsford Water, a large reservoir. There are plenty of walks and cycle routes in the park, or a 7-mile circular route around the reservoir. There's cycle hire, a café and countryside information centre. Watersports include water skiing and yachting.
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5 sun rating I challenge you to walk around the lake. It'll take a while but it's worth it. There's plenty to do and the facilities are good.
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• Ashby St Ledgers

Off the A361,
near Daventry

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Image of Ashby St Ledgers courtesy of English Heritage"Remember, remember the 5th of November - gunpowder, treason and plot!" And the plotting was apparently done here in Ashby St Ledgers. The gunpowder Plot of 1605 was designed to destroy the Protestant ruling elite of England. The plotters included Robert Catesby, a staunch Catholic who owned the manor house at Ashby St Ledgers. They wanted to blow up the King, Parliament and the Lords. The plot is said to have been hatched in the gatehouse to the manor house. The gatehouse (now in poor repair) can still be seen from the road. This is a pretty Northamptonshire village. It's somewhere to visit en-route to somewhere else or to pop in for a drink or a meal at the local pub. Explore the church if you can.
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2 sun rating Its like stepping back in time visiting this little village, although becoming a commuter village it has tremendous character, i'd just like a good guide book to be published and a village walk to be implemented. Ofcourse the residents may have different ideas but its a magical place.
Andy, Leeds
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2 sun rating We don't so enough to look after or celebrate our local history. So much more could be made of Ashby St Ledgers - especially considering its Gunpowder Plot links. The village is very pleasant and well worth seeing.
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