Fermyn Woods Walks and Cycling
This country park and forest has a number of walking trails and two bridleways for cyclists. Formerly known as Brigstock Country Park, it is located a few miles north east of Kettering.
For walkers there are three waymarked trails to enjoy:
The Skylark Nature trail is an all abilities trail on good surfaced paths. It takes you around the ponds and woods located next to the car park.
The Woodland walk is about a mile long and takes you a little further into the woods on good footpaths.
The Fermyn Forest Walk is just over two miles taking you deep into the woodland on a mixture of hard and soft tracks.
In the park you will find semi-natural oak and ash woodland, ponds, a visitor centre and cafe. It's a splendid area for wildlife watching - look out for Red kites, bullfinch, hawfinch, nightingales, skylark and green woodpeckers. You may also see badgers, fallow deer and Purple emperor butterflies.
PostcodeNN14 3HS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Fermyn Woods Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Fermyn Woods OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Fermyn Woods Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The on site Skylark cafe is a nice place for refreshments after your exercise. There's seating inside and out plus a good range of meals and snacks to choose from.
The woods are ideal for dog walking and there's plenty of bins dotted around the site. You're likely to bump into several other owners with their pets on your visit. The on site cafe is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Lyveden Way trail also starts from the car park at the park. This fine trail will take you east towards the National Trust's Lyveden Estate. Here you'll find a fine Elizabethan lodge and moated garden with a fascinating history.
Just a few miles south east of the park you'll find the lovely Titchmarsh Nature Reserve in the town of Thrapston. There's several lakes and lots of wildlife to see here. You can also pick up the Nene Way in this area and enjoy riverside walks along the River Nene.
To the west of Kettering there's the pretty Cransley Reservoir at the village of Thorpe Malsor.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Northamptonshire Walks page.