Cosgrove, looking back from the Big Grounds
Cosgrove has many Public Footpaths allowing you to take in the peace and quiet, nature and wildlife our countryside provides.
Use these Village walks pages to determine footpaths and routes in our Parish, places of interest and where to find shelter or enjoy food & drink, in one of our village pubs.
During this period of social distancing, everyone is encouraged to take daily exercise and the countryside provides the perfect environment. All Public Footpaths in the parish are open, providing an excellent opportunity to visit parts of the parish well away from roads and traffic noise. Use of the canal towpath is permitted, but please respect people on moored boats, who may wish to sit out on the towpath.
Please be aware that there are no Rights to Roam in the area and all are reminded to stay on the bridleways and footpaths, keep dogs under control, pick up after your dog and dispose of responsibly. Bins are provided around the village.
Dog walkers are reminded to pick up after your dog when in the open countryside. Not only is it unpleasant for walkers to tread in, it may be extremely dangerous to grazing cattle. A decease known as Neosporosis is caused when infected dogs or foxes release infective oocysts in their faeces. Cattle are infected when consuming feed or water that is contaminated with oocysts from an infected dog. This is known to be the cause of over 20% of abortions in UK cattle and results in infected cattle being destroyed.
Risk of transmission is reduced by encouraging dog walkers to clean up after their dog, especially on public rights of way over grazing land.
General walking information:
Some of our Rights of Way around the village become wet and muddy after periods of heavy rain, so boots or walking shoes are essential.
Around the parish you will see that the newer way-markers are yellow arrows on a white disc, indicating public footpaths. Blue arrows on a white disc indicate the route of bridleways. In Northamptonshire you'll still see way-markers with a black arrow inside a white disc, the type of path will be described on the disc. Special circular walk waymarks are also displayed on routes that are featured in the leaflet, attached below.
Always follow the country code, keep dogs under control, especially near farm animals and leave gates as you find them. On bridleways, expect to meet cycles and horses.
There is limited parking in Cosgrove, so please be considerate to residents by not blocking driveways, footpaths or field gates.
South Northants Council's website provides an accurate map, where you can select and click on Cosgrove, or any other place of interest. Zoom in to obtain the level of detail required, view here.
A calf resting on the canal bank
Cattle may be attracted towards people and especially dog walkers at this time of year. Be very careful and if not sure, find a safe route to avoid them.