HARRINGWORTH: THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGE IN NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
A Northamptonshire village set amongst the backdrop of a striking viaduct, by the name of Harringworth lies close to the Rutland border. As you enter the village one of the dominating structures that overwhelms you is the Welland Viaduct, amidst the backdrop of lush green countryside and limestone architecture. Although a small village, Harringworth has a real community vibe with a beautiful church, village hall, barns converted into quaint businesses and a lovely outdoor cafe. The perfect village stop nestled in the Northamptonshire countryside. Popular with cyclists and tourists alike.
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How to get to Harringworth
- Look at exactly where Harringworth is located on Google Maps
- Car: The best way to reach Northamptonshire is by car especially due to the location of Harringworth.
- Train: The closest travel by rain would involve arriving and departing form close-by train stations such as Oakham, Corby, Wellingborough or Markey Harborough and then either hiring a car to Harringworth or booking a taxi. More train and coach times are available at Trainline.
- Bus: There are many bus routes to enjoy getting around Northamptonshire and getting to the neighbouring towns of Oakham, Uppingham, Market Harborough and Corby. View Northamptonshire bus timetables here.
- Air: The closest Airport to Harrringworth is Nottingham East Midlands and is around an hours drive away.
The Best Time to Visit Harringworth
Harringworth is lovely to visit all year around with a different landscape with the seasons but early summer is particularly beautiful. The village is filled with beautiful flowers and foliage. There are some great walks around the village which would best be enjoyed in the warm summer months and the village. pub, Spokes cafe and Oh Curio are great places to grab a coffee and Spokes does some very delicious sweet and savoury treats.
How to Get Around the Village
Harringworth is pretty small, and you can walk around it very easily in no time at all. There are also many walks around the village to admire the surrounding countryside and you can head to the famous reservoir known and Rutland Water or even Deene Park.
How Long to Visit
Harringworth is ideal to visit for a day or can even make a good half day visit if you’re visiting the county of Rutland or Northampton and fancy seeing many village and towns within the county.
Weather in Harringworth
When visiting anywhere in the UK, it’s a running joke ‘to dress for all seasons’ and Harringworth is no exception. Always pack a rain mac and a brolly!
The Best of Harringworth Village
Welland Valley Viaduct
The single most striking feature when you visit Harringworth is the Viaduct. It stretched nearly three quarter of a mile and has 82 arches, measuring 70 feet high. It was built in the times of the steam train to carry the former Midland railway across the picturesque Welland valley and he enchanting waters and meadows of the River Welland.
Harringworth was recorded in the Doomsday Book however it was known as Harringeworde back then and the Manor of Harringworth was owned by William de Cantelope.
The Manor House
In the late 13th century the manor was passed to the La Zouche family who eventually sold it to Francis Foxley and upon his death the Manor of Harringworth was sold to Moses Tyron who lived there until he passed in 1652.
By the mid 18th century, no one was prepared to take on the manor and it was sadly demolished due to its bad state, but for the fishpond. It is believed that manor cottages may have a part of the original manor.
Today Harringworth’s Manor house dates back from the 17th century and is a stunning seven bedroom Grade II listed property, made from local limestone and stone mullion windows. A stunning French-styled fountain sits in the entrance and looks like a property that wouldn’t look out of place in the Provence lavender searching fields!
In the 13th century, the Norman church of St. John the Baptist was said to be one of the largest churches in the county, which was later topped with a broach spire in the 14th century.
If you love the sheer architecture of churches, then a wander around St John the Baptist is a must! Many of it’s features are Romanesque, with stunning windows, treasures and sits in a peaceful area of the village surrounded by tombs and graves and towards the back of the Churchland there is also a memorial worth a visit.
The Harringworth Cross
Walking into the village there are many fine examples of limestone buildings and thatched cottages with the Harringworth Cross standing tall amongst the village finery.
The White Swan
The local watering hole, The White Swan, dates back to the 16th century and is a former coaching Inn donning many original features.
Walks Around Harringworth
Harringworth is a perfect place to ride through on a long cycle ride and is perfect for a walk from Seaton, if you fancy doing the villages in an afternoon as a nice long country walk. Have a peruse of the best 11 hikes and walks around Harringworth.
Where to Stay When Visiting Harringworth
Search you preferred places to stay near Harringworth below. The best option is to base yourself in the neighbouring county of Rutland.There’s are great selection to chose from that will suit all styles and needs.
The George & Dragon
The Closest accommodation option for Harringworth is a 2 minute drive away in the village of Seaton. The George & Dragon is a traditional English village pub which also has a Bed & Breakfast. The have three comfortable rooms aptly named The Hare, The Pheasant and The Stag.
Rooms are cosy and homely and there’s a real village pub feel to this beautiful stone English Inn. You don’t have to go far for breakfast either. It’s the perfect base to explore teh area and you’ll be sure to be met with a drink on your return.
- Address: 2 Main Street. Seaton Oakham. LE15 9HU. Tel. +44 (0) 1574 747418. Website
- Price range: £
The Old Pheasant Restaurant Bar & Rooms
A 6 mins drive from Harringworth is the village of Glaston, which is home to another country Pub, restaurant, bar and rooms, The Old Pheasant. There is a choice of 5 ensuite rooms here, including family room options all with WIFI and ensuite facilities. Food is served on site so no need to travel far as well as great ale and drinks.
the rooms are pretty clean and quite homely with tea and coffee making facilities and are very good value and have the most friendly village setting.
- Address: 15 Main Road, Glaston. Oakham. LE15 9BP. Tel. +44 (0) 1572 833326. Website
- Price Range: £
Places to Eat in & Around Harringworth
- Spokes Cafe: A great outdoor cafe serving delicious savouries, homemade cakes and hot and cold drinks. Located opposite the Harringworth Cross, walk in through the gate, order and grab a seat in the outdoors. There’s lots of space for bikes and dogs too!
- Oh Curio: A beautiful gift and homewares store featuring timeless classic designs, Oh Curio also serves coffees and other hot drinks to take out in its beautiful barn conversion location in the heart of the village.
- The George & Dragon: Traditional village pub in Seaton serving great hearty pub meals and snacks.
- The Old Pheasant:
Shopping in and Around Harringworth
- Oh Curio: Interior lovers like myself may just need to stop by and pay a visit to Oh Curio, which sells pretty cute home accessories and artefacts! Be aware you won’t leave empty handed.
- Antique Lovers: There is so much to feats your eyes on with an array of antique outlets in Rutland.
- Home & Garden: Rutland naturally has a fab range of shops to please the keen gardeners and interior lovers:
- Fashion & Jewellery: Check out what the county has to offer in terms of independent shopping and outlet stores.
Harringworth is a beautiful quiet village set in magnificent countryside filled with quintessential cottages and those spectacular arches of the Welland Viaduct and the views will stay with you a lifetime.
More Villages to Visit in the Area:
If you loved this article on Harringworth, You’re sure to adore these other villages in the area too
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