Directions to The Old Chapel, Denford Lauren Mackenzie ([email protected]) From Heathrow , (98 miles/~2 hours) follow signs to M25 motorway North Take the M25 25+ miles to the A1(M) North ( not the M1)
Lauren Mackenzie ([email protected])
From Heathrow, (98 miles/~2 hours) follow signs to M25 motorway North
Take the M25 25+ miles to the A1(M) North (not the M1)
Stay on A1(M) for 40+ miles until Huntingdon A-14 West (toward Kettering)
Get on A14 West toward Kettering, go past Molesworth and Keyston exits
This is a shortcut route and easy to miss
2.5 miles past Keyston, take “Farm and Plant Depot” exit (noted on bottom of sign)
Take short, striped entrance ramp at the small blue dead end sign
If you pass the A45 exit just 300 yards beyond, you’ve gone too far
Follow the country lane 0.8 miles, then take the only right
Descend into valley 1 mile, then merge with traffic along River Nene in Denford
Take 2nd left onto Pegs Lane (if you pass Denford Garage you’ve gone too far)
The Old Chapel is straight ahead at the hilltop
The Old Chapel
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Kirby Muxloe Castle
The Old Bridge