Follow the River Nene through the beautiful Nene Valley on this fabulous walk through Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.
The long distance path runs for over 100 miles, passing Northampton, Wellingborough, Oundle, Peterborough and Wisbech.
There's much to enjoy on the way with rushing weirs, a series of historic villages and old mills. It's an excellent area for birdwatchers too with the Nene Valley now one of the most important wetlands in England, gaining international recognition for its significance as a stop-over for thousands of wildfowl and waders that visit during the winter. In particular look out for birds around Rushden Lakes, the Titchmarsh Nature Reserve at Thrapston, Barnwell Country Park and Stanwick Lakes as you pass Irthlingborough and Higham Ferrers in Northamptonshire.
The route links with the Knightley Way around the Northamptonshire village of Badby.
Nene Way Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Nene Way Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Nene Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Nene Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Nene Way Pubs/Cafes
The Fox Inn in Thrapston is a nice place for refreshments on the walk. The friendly pub does good food and has a nice beer garden for warmer weather. You can find the pub on the High Street with a postcode of NN14 4JJ for your sat navs. It's also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.
The pretty Northampstonshire village of Wadenhoe is another nice stopping point. Here you'll find 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.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
At Wadenhoe the route links up with the Lyveden Way. This fine trail will take you west towards the National Trust's Lyveden Estate. Here you'll find a fine Elizabethan lodge and moated garden with a fascinating history.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cambridgeshire Walks, Lincolnshire Walks and Northamptonshire Walks pages.