But we’ve not got to the best bit yet. With the air quality of England’s densely populated cities causing concern to some, the open Northamptonshire landscape really is like a breath of fresh air. The county’s largest town, Northampton, has a population of just over 200,000, so nowhere is ridiculously over-populated. And the well-managed countryside is never far away.
Nestled within the rolling hills are picturesque villages that still have thriving rural communities actively involved in agriculture. In fact, two in particular, Byfield and Yardley Hastings, feature in The Sunday Times’ 101 Best Places to Live List in 2014, and South Northants leapt up to third place in Halifax’s 2014 Quality of Life Survey. How Northamptonshire still manages to maintain that glorious sense of being a secret, we don’t know, but it does and it’s a haven to behold.