An extensive network of footpaths and bridleways allow you to plan anything from a short walk to a full day's hike. Download a range of maps to help you find your way.

The Boardwalk at Nene Park

Watch the timelapse video showing the Boardwalk at Nene Park, a top destination for family walks! The boardwalk was created with funding from the National Heritage Lottery Fund through the Nenescape Landscape Partnership scheme and with the hard work and dedication of volunteers and Nene Park Trust staff. 

Find out more about Nene Park by checking out our events calendar.

Northamptonshire Walks

Recomennded by Dave from Northamptonshire Walks, Walk 122 Nassington Circular is a 7 mile walk around this historical village which has existed since at least Anglo Saxon times, when an Anglo Saxon hall was taken over by the Viking King, Cnut the Great, as one of his royal halls. Cnut is known to have visited after 1017, with his court including Aethelric the Bishop of Dorchester on Thames. 

Check out our photo gallery of local walks in the Nene Valley area. Take a look!

Spotlight on... Barnwell Country Park

Barnwell Country Park is located in the heart of the Nene Valley and  comprises of 37 acres of lakes, riverbank and meadows to explore. With three way marked waterside trails, well-stocked children’s play area, numerous picnic spots, a wealth of wildlife and facilities, Barnwell Country Park is a great place for a family day out.

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All Aboard for Rushden

Bring your smartphone or tablet to the Greenway in Rushden and discover some interesting characters from Rushden’s past, including the strong-minded suffragettes and the cracking story of an egg delivery lady. Download the All Aboard for Rushden app from your usual app store.

Take a look at our extensive list of walking trails and attractions, available as downloads from the website.

Walking for Health

Find out about walking in Northamptonshire, including a selection of countryside leisure walking maps, short walking routes, learning about the array of benefits associated with walking and information about weekly Saturday morning parkruns. Read about walking on the Smart Move Northamptonshire website.

It’s almost impossible not to feel good when we’re walking outdoors – it’s a natural mood-booster! Ramblers Wellbeing Walks make it easier to start walking and stay active. And you’ll certainly never be short of good company. 

The International Waendel Walk is an annual event and the only IML Walking Association event in the UK. The 42nd walk will be held in Wellingborough from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 May 2023.

East Northamptonshire Greenway

Explore local towns and villages with the East Northamptonshire Greenway walking and cycling route. Find out more by downloading the ‘Boots and Bikes’ leaflet.


Orienteering is an exciting, outdoor adventure sport which involves walking or running whilst navigating around a course using a map and a compass. Find out more about orienteering at Stanwick Lakes or at Nene Park