Top Country Parks in and around Northamptonshire
25th April 2023

Whether you’re visiting Northamptonshire for the day, or are wondering where to take the kids out for a family fun day at the weekend - getting close to nature is a wonderful thing to do. Northamptonshire is home to some of the most beautiful country parks in the region. With its rolling hills, tranquil lakes, and vast woodland areas, Northamptonshire's country parks provide an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, making it a popular destination for nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts and families. In this blog post, we will explore the top country parks in and around Northamptonshire. 


Stanwick Lakes

Stanwick Lakes is a nature reserve located near the town of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. The park offers a variety of outdoor activities, including walking, cycling, birdwatching, and fishing. Visitors can explore the park's 750 acres of countryside and waterways, including the 45-acre lake, which is home to a variety of bird species. The park also has a visitor centre, café, and picnic areas, allowing you to relax after all those activities. 


Sywell Country Park

If you enjoy walking, Sywell Country Park is a must visit. Located near the village of Sywell, the park is centred around a large reservoir where you can take in the scenic views while walking on a steady pathway. It’s about two and a half miles long, and takes approximately an hour and a half to finish. The park also offers a range of other outdoor activities, including cycling, fishing and play areas for children. Visitors can also explore the park's woodlands, meadows, and wetlands, where you will find a variety of wildlife species. 


Irchester Country Park

Situated near the town of Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, Irchester Country Park offers a range of outdoor activities, making it a popular destination for locals alike. The park has several walking and cycling trails, catering to people of all ages and abilities. If walking isn’t your thing, the fishing lake is a popular spot for anglers, and the park also has several bird hides for bird-watchers to enjoy. The park also features a visitor centre that provides information about the park's history, wildlife, and activities. There is a café offering a selection of hot and cold food and drinks, and several picnic areas where visitors can relax and enjoy the scenic views.


Brixworth Country Park

Brixworth Country Park located near the village of Brixworth, just over 5 miles from the town of Northampton. The park provides countryside access for all, and admission is free for those travelling by foot, buses and bike with a small charge for cars. Here you can enjoy 37 acres of countryside, a wealth of wildlife and accessible facilities. The park also has a visitor centre, café, picnic areas, and play areas for children - perfect for letting off some steam! Additionally, the Pitsford Reservoir can be accessed from this country park, which offers a seven mile round route with great views and steady pathway. 


Fermyn Woods Country Park

Fermyn Woods Country Park, situated close to the village of Brigstock in Northamptonshire, spans 200 hectares and boasts a range of outdoor pursuits for visitors to enjoy. These include walking, cycling, and horse riding through the park's woodlands, meadows, and lakes, which are home to an array of wildlife species. For those simply wanting to relax, the park features a visitor centre, a café, and picnic spots, rendering it a wonderful destination for a day out with the family.


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