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Things to do in Slapton, Northamptonshire

St Botolph's church © Jim Payler
St Botolph's church © Jim Payler

Buried deep in the heart of England, the Northamptonshire village of Slapton is a small settlement with much to offer a wide range of visitors and residents alike.

Surrounded by miles of countryside, the village seems remote and apart from the rest of the world. This however, is not the case. Slapton is situated near all sorts of tourist attractions, Silverstone racing circuit (4 miles away approx.) and Towcester Race Course (4 miles away approx.) being the most famous two.

The village has houses that are hundreds of years old, a magnificent church, several stables and farms and a beautiful old school house.

A de-commissioned railway track runs through Slapton alongside the river Nene. The railway linked Banbury and Northampton until the 1930s when it was removed due to lack of use.

There is no shop or bar in the village but there is a short, pleasant country walk to the nearest village Abthorpe for a quiet bar & restaurant and about a two mile walk to Wappenham for the local post office and shop. Other local villages include Silverstone, Lois Weedon, Syresham, Greens Norton, Bradden and Blakesley.

The nearest town is the historic Towcester, with the famous A5, or Watling Street, running through it.

The residents are friendly and smiley and always willing to help. Slapton hosts several events throughout the year, including the annual fete which is a brilliant day out.

For people who don't drive, there is a bus one day a week going to Banbury, Northampton and Towcester.

Slapton is an incredibly beautiful village with things to see and do throughout the year, and is a perfect place to visit for adults and children alike.

Description by Ross Messinger

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