GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Ringstead Circular Walk - Kinewell Lake and River Walk

5 miles (8.3 km)

This circular walk explores the countryside and neighbouring villages around the Northamptonshire village of Ringstead.
The route makes use of a section of the Nene Way which runs through the area. On the way you'll visit the village of Denford and Woodford while enjoying waterside paths along the river and lakes which are typical of the area.
The walk can be started and finished from the public car park just west of the village at the pretty Kinewell Lake. The lake is a lovely place for an easy stroll with lots of wildlife to see on the way. The paths on the lake will take you up to the pretty Woodford Mill on the Nene.
The walk can easily be extended by heading a short distance to the north to visit Thrapston and the lovely Titchmarsh Nature Reserve.


NN14 4DT - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Ringstead OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Ringstead Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Water Mill Tea Rooms are a great place to enjoy some refreshments on the walk. The tea rooms have a lovely garden area right next to the river. Here you can enjoy a good range of meals and snacks with a view over the water. You can find them at Woodford Mill with a postcode of NN14 4DU for your sat navs. If you prefer a pub lunch then the Axe and Compass in the village is a good option. The historic inn dates back to 1796 and serves good home cooked dishes. They can be found at 14 Carlow Rd, NN14 4DW.

Dog Walking

The river trails make for a pleasant dog walk. The tea rooms and pub mentioned above are also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Continue south along the Nene Way and you could visit Stanwick Lakes and Rushden Lakes around Irthlingborough.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Northamptonshire Walks page.


Kinewell Lake - - 2546348

Kinewell Lake

Woodford Mill - - 1381899

Woodford Mill

River Nene near Woodford Mill - - 130424

River Nene near Woodford Mill

Cattle grazing near Woodford - - 1381887

Cattle grazing near Woodford

Riverside view looking towards Woodford - - 1381877

Riverside view looking towards Woodford. The type of view on offer for walkers on the Nene Way long distance foot path.

Denford Lock on the River Nene - - 1381821

Denford Lock on the River Nene. The pronunciation of the river is widely understood to be Nen above Thrapston and Neen below.

Stanwick Lakes Rail Trail - - 714563

Stanwick Lakes Rail Trail. Crossing the River Nene several times this is the old Northampton - Peterborough railway track bed now used as a popular country park with footpaths, bridleway and cycle route.

St Marys Church, Ringstead, Northants (geograph 4299811)

Churchyard of the Nativity of the Blesséd Virgin Mary, Ringstead, Northamptonshire, seen from the northeast. Yew trees obscure almost all of the church except the broach spire.


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