Sunday, 30 August 2020

The River Nene - My River Walks

I've always loved the water but favoured the sea to anything else.  The sound of the waves has always made me happy.  Now Northampton is just about as far away from the sea as you can possibly get so during lockdown I turned my attention to the River.  The River Nene has miles and miles of paths to navigate.  I have only scratched the surface and covered 12-15 miles but will explore further over time.  Below are the walks we have done.  I'm by no means a walking expert & apart from once forget to track the miles! For professional walks I would recommend Northamptonshire Walks https://northamptonshirewalks.co.uk/ 

During lockdown I think many others started to enjoy the river more.  We saw kayakers, wild swimmers and paddle boarders.  I have tried paddle boarding & most say I'm hooked.

The Embankment (Wellingborough) to The Arches

We parked up at the Embankment and walked left past the splash park & all the swans.  Carry on until you reach the train arches.  You can walk further but with a moaning child that was enough. Apparently if you carry on going you end up behind Rushden Lakes.




Bedford Road to Midsummer Meadow

Start at Northampton Active and follow the path to Midsummer Meadow. There are cafe's & play areas here too. The Outpost & Ark.

Riverside to Bedford Road

From Riverside if you go right you see Northampton Washlands.  You can happily walk round here or keep going and you will reach the Bedford Road and Brackmills.

Riverside to Billing Mill

Behind Boost at Riverside is a small marina.  There is a metal gate and if you stick to the left you will reach the Billing Mill via Billing Aquadrome.

Cogenhoe to Whiston Lock

We could not find the footpath from Billing Mill so walked the long way round and started at Cogenhoe Mill Caravan Site via a field.

Whitemills Marina to Whiston Lock

This was our 1st River Walk and was perfect weather & just lovely. We actually walked from Station Road in Earls Barton but you can park in Whitemills Marina and then stroll along the river. There is a lovely cafĂ© here too (The Boathouse).



Station Road Car Park (around the bend from Whitemills Marina to The Old WaterMill (Hardwater Road)

The beginning of the walk is next to an aggregates quarry but once you are on the other side it opens up with wide footpaths & lovely views.




Stoke Bruerne

Technically not the River Nene as it is the Grand Union Canal (Northampton Arm) but is does join on. If you like locks this is the walk for you. We only covered a small section and I think we saw 7. 



Ringstead

Didn't walk but paddle boarded from Willy Watt Marina to the lock & back again.

Have you enjoyed some river walks in Northamptonshire? Where would you recommend?

Emma x

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