Wellingborough Rivers and Lakes Walk
The Northamptonshire town of Wellingborough has some lovely walking trails to follow through the Nene Valley. This walk uses the waymarked Nene Way to visit Irchester Country Park and the nature reserves at Rushden Lakes and Stanwick Lakes.
You'll also visit the nearby towns of Irthlingborough and Higham Ferrers.
The route starts just to the south of the town centre on the River Nene at Victoria Mills. From here you can pick up the Nene Way and follow it a short distance south east to Irchester Park. The popular park has peaceuful woodland paths, open meadows and also includes the interesting Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway Museum. There is also plenty of wildlife with Muntjac Deer, hedgehogs, stoats and squirrels.
After leaving the park you head toward Irchester before returning to the river and following it east to Rushden Lakes. Here you'll pass through the Ditchford Lakes Nature Reserve and the Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows Nature Reserve. It's a great area for wildlife spotting with Cetti's warblers, coots, oystercatchers and grey herons.
The trail then visits the small market towns of Higham Ferrers and Irthlingborough. The walk can be extended by heading south to visit the Summer Leys Nature Reserve and the village of Great Doddington.
Wellingborough Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Wellingborough Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Wellingborough OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Wellingborough Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the south west of the town there's Sywell Country Park to visit. Here you'll find a nice waterside trail around a pretty lake and good facilities with a cafe and visitor centre.
A little further to the west there's Northampton where you can pick up the Northampton Canal Walk along the Grand Union Canal.
Just to the north are the villages of Orlingbury and Little Harrowden where you will find a noteworthy church dating back to the 12th century.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Northamptonshire Walks page.