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Harlestone Firs

Harlestone Firs is about a mile from Northampton just beyond New Duston. It is a 'managed' plantation, providing income to the Althorp estate, but access is permitted to the public and there are footpaths suitable for both young and old to explore. Harlestone Firs wood mill is situated within the wood and is open to trade and the public.

Consisting mainly of Scots Pine, the planting started in earnest the 1800's on what was then heathland, although there were probably trees on site prior to this period.

Harlestone Firs C1900

The entrance area has not changed much in 100 years. This picture was taken around 1900 and featured on a postcard sent in October 1905. The same Gate House exists today, although it is now more closely surrounded by trees planted in the 1920's.


Directions to Harlestone Firs

From Northampton, travel North West out through Dallington along the Harlestone Road (A428). Continue past New Duston and after about 1 mile Harlestone Firs can be seen on the right opposite Harlestone Heath garden centre.

There is parking for about 20 vehicles on the left hand side of the road outside the garden centre.

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