Places To Visit In Northamptonshire, England: 3 Free Must-See Parks!

May 12, 2021

With lockdown confining the places we can go and the things we can see – it is easy to feel restricted. In this sense, open spaces should never be taken for granted. Watching nature run its course is not only relaxing but good for your health too. We must be all running low on natural Vitamin D, and sitting at home is not great for breathing fresh air. For this reason, when thinking of places to visit in Northamptonshire – consider parks. Here are some of my favourite within my local area.

I must add (before I begin) that this is a collaborative post. The lovely Bee from Mind Beauty Simplicity came up with a mega blogger collaboration where we all share our favourite places in our hometown. With lockdown, there is a travel itch that none of us are able to scratch. This is such a great way to connect with people all over the world! I will link the other posts and bloggers at the bottom of the post – please do check these lovely blogs out!

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Irchester Country Park

This is the biggest park within 10 miles, and is absolutely stunning! I used to go on school trips here as a child, and never really utilised it until lockdown came about. Exercising is so much easier when there are pretty views all around, and this park allows for so many routes – so you can alternate depending on energy levels and time. I have been going on a 2-mile walk here after work every day and it is the perfect way to switch off from the hectic life of a Marketing Assistant.

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Also, I have just found out that there is an Iron Quarry (I love this sort of thing), so I had a little venture down and it was so fascinating! Something about untouched grass and holes where rocks have been excavated was so fascinating!

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Brixworth Country Park

No doubt, this is my favourite park. I love areas that have a lake, and Brixworth is great for this. They run boating classes on the waters, with a boathouse/cafe at the halfway point of the route. It is a long trail, but perfect as a single track ensures that you can turn back at any time. With wildlife left to roam around and picnic spots wherever you turn, this is the perfect park for every mood.

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Rushden Lakes

This is a relatively new park to the Northamptonshire area. When talking to others about the best places to visit in Northamptonshire, every single person would mention Rushen Lakes. A brand new shopping complex, it contains all the shops you need, a gorgeous selection of eateries and wonderful views.

Giving note to its name, there is of course a lake. Surrounding a lake is a hidden path. There are numerous routes – a 20-minute walk, a 40-minute walk, an hour and a muddy boot walk. Each route is clearly signposted so you cannot get lost. There is also a kids play area, a wildlife centre and cattle to watch.

What I love is that you are so close to normality, yet everything is quiet. The last time I went, there was a woodpecker and it was so lovely that this was the only thing you could hear. Costa coffee is a 2-minute walk away too, so perfect for a morning cup of coffee and a walk.

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And there we have it, my favourite places to visit in Northamptonshire. Do you have nice parks near you?

Check out the other blogs in this collaboration!

It has been so lovely to connect over a common issue (not being able to travel) and sharing our local area through pictures and words!

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The Yorkshire Dreamer

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  • Reply
    Sarah
    May 12, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    I love finding new places to visit and especially in the UK for now πŸ™‚

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      Sophia Patel
      May 28, 2021 at 8:52 pm

      thank you so much! and thanks for reading!x

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    Victoria St. Michael
    May 12, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    All three of these parks seem wonderful, and they each bring something different to the table so there’s something for everyone no matter what they enjoy! Love it. Great work, it’s been so great getting to know everyone better though this collab. πŸ™‚

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      Sophia Patel
      May 28, 2021 at 8:52 pm

      thanks so much! i tried to include something for everyone, there is something so calming about nature! thanks for reading!x

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    Headphonesthoughts
    May 12, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    I love parks. I would love to visit. Your photos are so beautiful. I hope to visit England soon.

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      Sophia Patel
      May 28, 2021 at 8:47 pm

      me too, I would 100% recommend it! thanks for reading!x

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    mindbeautysimplicity
    May 12, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    loved learning more about you through this collaboration! i def want to visit england in the future. thank you for sharing these parks! england looks so beautiful & i love how you added a few photos.

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      Sophia Patel
      May 28, 2021 at 8:46 pm

      thanks so much Bee! I really do recommend it! thanks for reading!x

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    Caroline
    May 12, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    All of these parks look really nice <3

    • Reply
      Sophia Patel
      May 28, 2021 at 8:46 pm

      thanks lovely! thanks for reading!x

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    LetsTakeAMoment.com
    May 12, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    Each of these places look so beautiful to walk and enjoy. Thank you so much for sharing 3 of your favorite places. Definitely when COVID hit it was important for me too to continue exercising & I had to change what I did and one thing I would do at least 3-5times a week was walk and or run because gyms were shut down for a couple of months here in Florida. I really collaborating with each blogger and getting to know a little more. I look forward to collaborating again with everyone. 😊

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      Sophia Patel
      May 28, 2021 at 8:45 pm

      thanks so much! You are so right, getting out of the home over the last year is so important. thanks for reading!x

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    FaΓ«rie Lifestyle
    May 12, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Northamptonshire seems like such a lovely and beautiful place. All the parks and the lake look wonderful. I love traveling to places like that and hopefully I can visit Northamptonshire soon.

    It was so fun being a part of this collab. It was such a delightful experience and interacting with a lovely community filled with wonderful people is so inspiring. I can’t wait to read the rest of the posts!

    Have a lovely rest of the week.
    EstΓ©e

    • Reply
      Sophia Patel
      May 28, 2021 at 8:33 pm

      awh thank you so much! You’re so right, this collaboration has been lovely, especially as a way to travel but not! thanks for reading!x

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    Not-So-Modern-Girl
    May 13, 2021 at 10:51 am

    These parks look amazing, and these are such gorgeous images! Thank you for sharing your thoughts x

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      Sophia Patel
      May 28, 2021 at 8:32 pm

      thanks so much, nothing like exploring! thanks for reading!x

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    theyorkshiredreamer
    May 14, 2021 at 12:25 am

    All these parks look amazing! 😍 I do like that Lockdown allowed me to find new open spaces to explore and relax.

    Irchester Country Park looks ready to be explored. It must be nice to unwind there after work. 😊 The lake at Brixworth Country Park sounds great, especially paired with the boathouse.

    I love all the photos you included; they look so calming! Thank you for sharing. 😊

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      Sophia Patel
      May 28, 2021 at 8:32 pm

      thank you so much! I love to hear your thoughts, an outsiders perspective is really appreciated! thanks for reading!x

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    Heidi Bruaw
    May 14, 2021 at 5:24 am

    All of these parks looks so lovely and peaceful! It’s so fun to be a tourist in your own town and look at things from a different lens. Maybe one day I will get to explore the UK. πŸ™‚

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      Sophia Patel
      May 28, 2021 at 8:20 pm

      you are so right! some of the places you once took for granted you now appreciate! thanks for reading!x

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    Diana
    May 16, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    These parks are so cute! Looks so calm and peaceful! I would love to visit all 3 some day!

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    Allison | thenutmegdiaries.com
    May 17, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    Loved your post, especially how you focused it even more by talking about 3 specific parks. They all look so beautiful, and I can imagine that they would be great, relaxing spots to visit!

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      Sophia Patel
      May 28, 2021 at 8:13 pm

      thank you so much – parks are truly relaxing and the best place to be after being at home for so long. Thanks for reading!x

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