A great thing about Kings Cliffe is the variety of public footpaths that extend in all directions from the village and include both woodland and pasture. A series of seven leaflets are available from the post office and local store which describe some of the walks to be enjoyed.
There are three leaflets of rambles around the village highlighting different aspects of its past and of its varied buildings. There is a walk specifically dedicated to William Law, who once lived at Hall Farm, and is associated with many buildings including the Endowed School and almshouses.
A further additional four leaflets describe circular walks of 5-8 miles to Apethorpe, Southwick, Apethorpe and Duddington. All of these have public houses which can provide food and refreshment.
The walk to Duddington includes part of the Jurassic Way, a long distance 88 mile route from Banbury to Stamford that follows the band of Jurassic Limestone running along the northern boundary of Northamptonshire. Part of the walk to Duddington follows a stretch of the Way through Fineshade Wood. It also passes Fineshade Top Lodge that includes RSPB’s Red Kite Observation Centre and a café.
The walk to Apethorpe includes Apethorpe Hall, open by appointment to English Heritage members during set days in the summer, some fine tombs in the church, stocks, and a memorial marking the spot of Glenn Miller’s last concert.
The walk to Bulwick is over gently rolling open countryside with scattered woodland and passes by Blatherwyke Lake with its varied bird life. A statue of an archer which intriguingly stands alone in a cropped field, and an isolated church are both relics of the now vanished Blatherwyke Hall.
The walk to Southwick includes both open countryside and woodland, and crosses to the neighbouring valley which is particularly quiet. Southwick Hall is worth stopping at for afternoon tea on those rare days when it is open.