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Approximately halfway between London and Birmingham, Northamptonshire has a deep heritage of stately homes and gardens, thanks to its strong links with British nobility throughout history. Kirby Hall is one of the greatest Elizabethan houses in Britain, and is a fine example of the clever and forward-thinking architecture of the age. Exploring the magnificent Great Garden is a wonderful way to spend the day.
Northamptonshire is often described as the Rose of the Shires and it deserves the title. The beauty of the region is unquestionable, packed as it is with pretty villages complete with country lanes and thatched cottages like the charming Ashby St Ledgers. Walking opportunities are endless, with striking vistas as far as the eye can see and country parks in every direction. The area is well-loved by cyclists and hikers alike- you could spend years and never run out of ideas for Saturday afternoon activities. The canal network adds another level to the charming nature of Northamptonshire. The easily navigable canals are lined with hospitable pubs and inns like The Narrow Boat at Weedon.
If you long for a bit more action in your life, then spend a day at Silverstone, one of the most thrilling Formula 1 racetracks in the world.