This fine long distance path explores the woodland and country trails around Fermyn Woods in Northamptonshire. It runs for just under 10 miles on a series of fairly flat public footpaths.
Start the walk from the car park at Fermyn Woods and then follow the trails east along the edge of the Tresham Coppice. The route continues south east to Assart's Coppice and then through Lady Wood and Souther Wood where you emerge into the countryside. Continue heading east and you will soon come to the River Nene and the village of Wadenhoe. It's a very pretty little village with old cottages and mills next to the river.
At the village you turn around and head north west to Wadenhoe Wood and Lilford Wood before coming to Lyveden itself. This fine National Trust property includes an Elizabethan lodge and moated garden. Work on the mansion stopped in 1605 and it has remained in its incomplete state since then. Highlights include the picturesque moat and the Elizabethan orchard. There is an audio tour where you can find out about the Trensham family who built the home. It's an interesting story as they were involved with the Gunpowder Plot.
The final section takes you west from the house to pick up the paths back through Fermyn Woods to the car park.
PostcodeNN14 3HS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Lyveden Way Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Lyveden Way Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Lyveden Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Lyveden Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Back at Fermyn Woods you can enjoy refreshments at the Skylark cafe. There's seating inside and out plus a good range of meals and snacks to choose from.
On the route you could stop off at the 17th century King's Head in Wadenhoe. They have a particularly lovely garden area next to the river where you can watch the boats go by with your meal. You can find the pub at postcode PE8 5ST for your sat navs.
With its country and woodland trails the route is ideal for dog walking. You'll see plenty of other dogs, especially around Fermyn Woods. The King's Head mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
At Wadenhoe the route links with the Nene Way where you can enjoy some nice riverside paths. You could follow the river south to visit Titchmarsh Nature Reserve where there are some excellent wildlife spotting opportunites.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Northamptonshire Walks page.