Hunsbury Hill Country Park

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Owned by Northampton Borough Council
Supported by Friends of West Hunsbury Parks
Designation Mixed
Size 38ha
Grid Ref SP738584
Nearest Post Code NN4 9RR
Linked to Green Lane, Danehill Spinney & Open Space,
Danes Camp Way Open Space
Near by Dayrell Road Open Space, Grangewood Park
Play Area Yes
Games Area None
Sports Facilities None
Seats Yes
Parking On site
Walks Walk Map
Some parks have formal gardens, others extensive sports pitches, but not Hunsbury Hill. However what it does have over other parks is a wide variety of nooks, crannies and secluded paths to explore.
Central to the park is the Iron Age hill fort dating between the 7th and 4th centuries BC. The deep ditch, which is now overgrown with trees, has survived to the present day. There is evidence that the fort's inner ramparts were burned down and vitrified. The fort is a designated Scheduled Ancient Monument
Running beside the fort and through the park is the ancient Banbury Lane drovers road which was used to bring sheep and cattle from Wales to the market at Northampton. As it runs beside the hill fort it is probable that the track is also of more ancient significance and part of the Jurassic Way.
In Victorian times the area became an ironstone quarry and a quarry face can still be seen along the southern boundary of the park. The history of this period has been preserved by the Northampton Ironstone Railway Trust.
For those who want to stretch their legs there are paths to discover and except for the southern periphery path can be walked with a push-chair, though occasionally a little effort is required. For a more extended walk the Banbury Lane can be followed west from the car park on a well formed path to reach the Grand Union Canal after about a mile.
For more information see the Friends booklet "Past Present & Future"
Northampton Borough Council Web Page