Walking Blog

July 2019: Wykes Family at Nene Wetlands Nature Reserve

As the sun shone through the window on Saturday morning, we knew we had to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air. My daughters have been to Rushden Lakes a couple of times and tackled the climbing wall at 360 and enjoyed a slice of a cake at Heavenly Desserts, but we’ve never actually gone around the lake. So as the weather was right, we popped on our walking boots and took the short journey down the A14.

Of the walks on offer, we decided to take the shorter one which is roughly 20 minutes long. Starting next to Canoe2 and coming out near the newly built cinema area, the route was a joy. With interesting views of the lakes and wooden animal sculptures, it is an Instagrammer’s dream! You could even stop off and enjoy a bite to eat if you brought it with you. We passed all walks of life, from young families to dog walkers, all enjoying the natural environment that was a stone’s throw from the shops. I really didn’t appreciate what a special place Rushden Lakes is to have a mix of retail, entertainment and nature.

The well deserved coffee at the end was also a delight as we sat outside and enjoyed the view over the lake. With the whole summer ahead of us, we’re looking forward to exploring the natural side to Rushden Lakes.

  • How long is the walk? – a leisurely 20 minutes
  • What can you see – some lovely views of the boating lake, reserve and there was a fab children’s play area section
  • Parking – free up to 5 hours at Rushden Lakes
  • What else can I do – Visit the Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre to find out about events happening during your visit.
  • Website – https://www.wildlifebcn.org/nene-wetlands