Harlestone Firs

Harlestone Firs, Great Doddington: Address, Harlestone Firs Reviews: 3.5/5

Harlestone Firs
3.5
Hiking Trails • Jogging Paths & Tracks
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Zoe
Northampton, UK3 contributions
Perfect walk for all
Sep 2020 • Family
We all love coming here
Dogs love running free and kids love finding man made den’s and sticks that they believe are Wands.
Not too busy and perfect for anyone - runners, cyclists, dog walkers and kids

Parking can be a bit of an issue. Very busy at weekends.
Written October 17, 2020
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Deborah and Mr K
Northampton, UK139 contributions
Fun For All At The Firs
Sep 2020
A peaceful haven at any time of the year . There are areas to cycle, walk, run and horse ride. Great for photographers, families and dog walkers.
Written October 17, 2020
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lgreen9
Northampton, UK387 contributions
Too much dog poo
Aug 2020 • Family
We were regular visitors with our dogs and young children, however the game of dodge the dog poo has become too much. The routes are lovely and its is a great place to explore. Often we come across horse and have always found the riders to be very friendly. It is handy to have the garden centre opposite for a bit of coffee and cake after a lengthy walk. Large ant hills, which the kids find fascinating and plenty of trees and dens to discover.

We will not be visiting for a while due to the amount of poo.
Written August 15, 2020
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jrk666
London, UK5 contributions
Beautiful Woodlands
May 2020 • Solo
Lovely place to get a dose of nature yet easily accessible from the town.
Clean air, beautiful woodlands.
Written May 25, 2020
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Linda B
Daventry, UK58 contributions
Wonderful nature, less so the humans
Jul 2019 • Couples
First, the positives, it’s free and parking is usually possible nearby. Some beautiful trees and fauna. Now the mostly negatives. The biting ants have been a feature for decades but no bother unless you sit down on the grass when they are active. Worse, is that it is plagued by inconsiderate humans. Dog mess is everywhere on the paths near the entrance. I like dogs and don’t mind them approaching me though I would prefer muddy paws to remain on the ground, not up my coat! Three times this happened with owners quite relaxed over it. Other visitors may feel less tolerant than us.. Few dogs are on a lead. We encountered two groups of mountain bikers cycling at speed and one group seemed more intent on burning rubber than carefully passing pedestrians. The several horse riders were far more considerate and friendly. So it is a good area for nature, but the humans spoil it, and with the town encroaching ever closer, I can’t see it getting any better.
Written July 8, 2019
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cactustraveller
Northampton, UK113 contributions
Nice walk on hard surface and also through woods
Feb 2019 • Family
Its nice to have a walk through the woods, BUT pity about all the dogs. Many running loose (they should be on a lead, but no-one monitors this) and dogs mess all around. Not n ice for young children, its dirty, pity the dog walkers do not have any concience.
Written March 2, 2019
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shane😁😁
Northamptonshire, UK12,239 contributions
An average dog walk.
Aug 2018 • Family
The Harlestone firs is a short distance from Northampton and parking is situated directly across a busy road with room for 20 vehicles est.
We treated our visit as a 25 minutes leg stretch for our two dogs who seemed to enjoy themselves.
Joggers,cyclists and dog walkers were out in numbers but I must admit i felt a little bit disappointed with my experience.
The wooded area looked as though somebody had gone mad with a chainsaw and the litter was a real problem with traffic cones strewn all over the area.
In places these woods and the walks are very enjoyable but would it return.....probably not.
Visited 19th August 2018.
Written August 19, 2018
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divermarkk
Daventry, UK2 contributions
What has happened?
Jul 2018 • Friends
A frequent user of the lovely twisty trails among the trees, such natural flowing routes to follow on your mountain bike, nothing serious, relatively flat... such a great place nice, local .. you can check out any tweaks on your bike, easily make adjustments, the car is never far away. But alas there has been large agricultural vehicles driven through, knocking down branches, damaging trees, ripping up the forest bed!! Why? One area is signed up for forestry work, but the vast central section which has been truly attacked is not! It would be nice to see information, about what’s going on. But coming across such destruction which for all intents and purposes looks like it’s been vandalised. Not prepared for cultivation. Today it was quite saddening seeing the firs in such a state, yet 6 weeks ago we had some truly fantastic cycling. Alas today was not. The mountain bikers must bring a lot of trade to the tea rooms in the garden centre, were always in following the fun. And am sure many others do too. But it looks like it will all be gone. As will much of the wooded area. Rest well my friend. If your going to be felled. !!
Written July 31, 2018
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Deetee100
London, UK1,581 contributions
Great winter walk
Nov 2017 • Friends
Partially cultivated forrest, this is a great place to walk the dog at any time of the year. Just outside Northampton, there are lots of tracks through the trees, in late November the leaves have mostly fallen, but it remains beautiful and you can easily walk for a whole afternoon.
Written November 19, 2017
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rainbownorthampton
Northampton, UK271 contributions
A Beautiful Wood Ruined
Nov 2017 • Family
I have been visiting Harlestone Firs for over 40 years child, mother and now as a grandmother. Visited yesterday with my young grandson and was shocked and disappointed. Shocked because of how the Firs has changed over the past few years and disappointed because of all the dog poo. I realise Harlestone Firs is free to visit and the owners want it to stay as 'natural' as possible however what we experienced yesterday was not good. There were filled dog poo bags strewn along the path even in the trees. My grandson went to pick up a stick and there was a large pile of dog poo nearky touching it. We managed just in time to lift him away. It is so sad that a beautiful area of woodland has been ruined. We wont be returning.
Written November 15, 2017
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