I continue my virtual trip, leaving London for Fotheringay Castle, the place where Richard III was born and later Mary Queen of Scots was executed. It’s supposedly an hour-and-fifty-minute drive from Heathrow airport to the area. I chose a ramble from the nearby town of Oundle to the Fotheringay site. David Stuckey’s YouTube videos of Northamptionshire Walks includes this 20-minute recording of a 10-mile day trip along the River Nene and charming country roads, passing through Cotterstock and Tansor. It shows a very quaint, flat area with thatched roofs buildings, kayakers and picnickers on the river.
What is left of Fotheringay Castle is a mound of a rubbled wall, and a plaque with references to Richard III’s birth at Fotheringay and the execution of Mary Queen of Scots. Richard III’s parents, Cecily Neville and Richard Duke of York, spent a lot of time at this castle, using it as a main residence. They are buried at St. Mary’s Church in Fotheringay, along with other members of their family. I looked up pictures of the inside of the church, which was small and updated. Not remarkable.
I can see doing this walk in the future. Plenty of nature and town, and interesting stops along the way.