GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Irchester Country Park

2 miles (3.5 km)

Enjoy numerous walking and cycling trails in this splendid country park in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. The park has peaceuful woodland paths, open meadows and the interesting Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway Museum. There is also plenty of wildlife with Muntjac Deer, hedgehogs, stoats and squirrels.
The Nene Way walking trail also runs through the park so you can continue your walk to the River Nene if you have time. Follow it east and you can visit the lovely Rushden Lakes and Stanwick Lakes where there's huge variety of wildlife to look out for on the water.
Following the trail west will take you towards Sywell Country Park where there's a nice lakeside trail.

Postcode

NN29 7DL - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Irchester Country Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Irchester Country Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

In the middle of the park you'll find the Quarrymen's Rest cafe where you can enjoy a good range of refreshments after your exercise. There's a TV set up with live nature feeds here as well.

Dog Walking

The woods and parkland are great for dog walking so you'll probably see other owners on your visit. There are bins dotted around the site.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just a couple of miles to the south you can visit the lovely Summer Leys Nature Reserve and the village of Great Doddington. There's some pretty lakes and lots of birds to see in this wildlife rich reserve.
Northampton is just to the west where you can try the Northampton Canal Walk along the Grand Union Canal.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Northamptonshire Walks page.

Photos

Irchester Country Park - geograph.org.uk - 27406

Irchester Country Park. This park was established on the site of a disused quarry. The Nene Way passes through it.

Narrow Gauge Steam Engine at Irchester Country Park Railway Museum - Flickr - mick - Lumix

Narrow Gauge Steam Engine at Irchester Country Park Railway Museum

Meadow - geograph.org.uk - 58996

Meadow. Looking towards the Visitor Centre and picnic and parking areas

Irchester Country Park - geograph.org.uk - 27408

The face of the old ironstone quarry can be seen.

Irchester Country Park - geograph.org.uk - 2518745

High ropes in the adventure area. A zip wire can also be found here.

Irchester Country Park - geograph.org.uk - 2518741

Children's Play Area

Victoria Mills, Little Irchester - geograph.org.uk - 538338

Victoria Mills, Little Irchester. These are located just west of the park on the River Nene. The mills were founded in 1886 by the Whitworth family and are still run by the firm. Principal products are fine flours for the bakery trade. The location was clearly originally chosen because of the available water power from the River Nene, as well as the fact that the river is navigable at this point.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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