GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Nene Way

109 miles (176 km)

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 OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Nene Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

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.

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.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

River Nene at Oundle Marina - July 2014 - panoramio

River Nene at Oundle Marina

Billing Aquadrome. This is a large and popular leisure resort on the river Nene and walkers of the Nene Way spend some time passing through it.

Titchmarsh Nature Reserve 1

Titchmarsh Nature Reserve is a Local Nature Reserve north of Thrapston in Northampstonshire. It is managed by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. It is part of the Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Titchmarsh Nature Reserve - geograph.org.uk - 1026345

River Nene towards Islip. A contentious issue as to the pronunciation of the Nene from this point on. It is generally safe to pronounce Nene (pronounced Neen). Up river from the Thrapston bridge it's Nene (as in hen). Others may suggest that the distinction is less easily defined.

River Bridge East of Aldwincle - geograph.org.uk - 322067

River Bridge East of Aldwincle. This attractive bridge to the east of Aldwincle crosses the westernmost of two channels of the River Nene, along the road between Aldwincle and Thorpe Waterville.

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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