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!
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.
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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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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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.
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!