Gayton is a rural village that lies around 5 miles from Northampton town centre in South Northamptonshire. It is situated on a hill close to the many other villages that are linked by public footpaths that run through some gorgeous countryside and wildlife watching areas. Amongst the village’s attractions is a church, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin with Norman features and 19th century architecture.
The village features two pub-restaurants, The Eykyn Arms and The Queen Victoria, which offers accommodation. Also located in Gayton is Evergreen Riding Stables, which is situated opposite the two pubs, where you can partake in horse riding activities in the surrounding countryside.
Amongst the many things to do in the village are great wildlife watching opportunities as well as areas to enjoy outdoor pursuits, such as cycling, hiking and kite flying. The village also has a green with children’s play activities such as swings and a small football pitch.
National Waterways Museum, Bridge Road, Stoke Bruerne, Towcester NN12 7SE (01604) 862229
Officially called The Canal Museum, this restored cornmill three miles from Gayton is the venue for a collection of artefacts and models covering 200 years of inland waterways.
A number of pleasure boats operate along the Grand Union Canal, which flows past Stoke Bruerne. Visitors can also walk along the towpath towards a flight of seven locks.