There’s something magical in the air that comes around when Autumn arrives.
I find Northamptonshire is even more stunning when autumn comes around because we are blessed with some wonderful green spaces that once fall hits, the leaves turn crispy and golden, the skies have that lovely mist (and sometimes we’re treated to those gorgeous pink and orange sunsets) and it’s the perfect time to wrap up warm and go for a walk.
Northamptonshire has plenty of places from country parks to hidden gems to walk around during this time of year. I’ve already written a guide on walks in Northamptonshire but I wanted to fill this post with all the pictures I’ve taken around the county during the fall season for you to enjoy whilst you digest some Autumn walk inspiration.
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A very accessible place to visit this Autumn, with free parking and extended parking if it gets busy – grab a hot drink from Common Ground to take away and navigate around what Delapre Abbey has to offer
Not only do you have the gorgeous abbey itself to walk around including the walled garden, but you can follow some of the routes that have been mapped out for you if you fancy a long stretch of walk towards Delapre lake and the countryside outskirts.
Once you’re done with your walk, treat yourself to something to eat at The Orangery because you deserve it after all those steps!
Water Meadows, Towcester
Be prepared to wear walking boots or wellies, as this walk can get rather muddy – but they have recently started to create more paths to make it more accessible, making it a lovely long walk.
Start at the top of Northampton Road (NN12 7AH) where there’s free parking on weekends, grab yourself a hot drink (or treat yourself to something sweet) from Claire’s Cottage Kitchen and venture down towards the Water Meadows through the black gate, past the mound and council offices.
Beyond, you will find an endless field of possibilities and routes – you can walk around it all, or venture further over the bridge, you’re surrounded by nothing but fields and when you go at the right time, you can enjoy the gorgeous sunsets!
You can dust off your shoes afterwards and head to Towcester Mill Brewery for a well deserved beer or venture into Towcester high street for something else.
Brixworth Country Park
Whether you fancy a short, medium or long autumn walk, Brixworth Country Park has a route for every ability or whatever mood you’re in.
Park up inside Brixworth Country Park (NN6 9DG) where you’ll need to pay for parking and you will find a variety of routes to take, from the little grey men trail to a big walk around Pitsford Reservoir for some *chef kiss* views.
You can choose to cycle (or even swim) if you want! After you’re done, a 5-minute drive takes you to The Workhouse in Brixworth where you can treat yourself to something nice!
Greens Norton Pocket Park
A bit of a niche walk if you’re local to this picturesque village!
Parking varies, but I’d suggest parking opposite the children’s playground on Towcester Road (NN12 8BL) if you can grab a space to start your walk towards the pocket park (NN12 8BS) where you can expect a 2 hectare local nature reserve, a former brick pit with a pond, wetlands, grassland and rolling hills and woods.
If you walk far enough, you will be greeted to acres of countryside and if you need a sit down with a flask of coffee, there are picnic tables and benches to take a rest-bite at.
Again, like the rest of my suggestions so far, if you require somewhere warm to take shelter or fancy something to eat and drink, head to The Butcher’s Arms (NN12 8BA) for some warming autumn treats!
The Racecourse, Northampton
A brilliant open space in the centre of Northampton for you to take an autumn walk.
With over 118 acres of land to explore, The Racecourse (NN1 4LG) itself has many paths that connect to different areas, so you could be walking for ages – but luckily, you’re not too far away from independent places to eat and drink.
You might be lucky if you can find some parking nearby, but I’d suggest parking on Market Street (NN1 4BX) which is roughly an 18 minute walk away where you can pay £2 to park for 2 hours.
Just a stone’s throw away from the Racecourse, pass the county ground, you will find the ever-popular Abington Park (NN1 5LW) which is Northampton’s oldest park as beneath the surface actually lies the archaeological remains of the old medieval village, if reading up about history is your thing!
You can park either on the surrounding roads (Christchurch Road is usually my go-to) or you can park on Hazelwood Road or Albion Place.
There’s a lot going on at Abington Park and usually, people only seem to stop where the Park Cafe, bandstand and Abington house are; but there are whole acres and lakes to explore. There’s a big park play area for the kids, lovely lakes to walk around and you could easily get lost.
As mentioned, the Park Cafe is available for all your refreshments or you can take a walk down Wellingborough Road to visit one of the many independent restaurants and cafes available.
Managed and looked after by the Canal and River Trust, Stoke Bruene (NN12 7SB) is the best place on the canal system to explore canal life in the past but there are lots of little routes you can venture down that will take you around Stoke Bruerne and even further!
There are public parking sites within the village so you’ll be sure to park up somewhere.
You can walk past the grand union canal as far up towards Cosgrove and Milton Keynes, right back up towards Northampton and Blisworth so it’s very much worth seeing how far you want to go each way!
But it’s also a great walk around if you want to keep local in Stoke Bruerne as you admire the canal boats floating by and the area itself is very picturesque in autumn as there’s a hidden nature reserve and woodland walk you can head down.
Afterwards, you have the three great options for food and drink; The Navigation on the right-hand side of the canal bridge, or on the left-hand side you have The Boat Inn and the Spice of Bruerne which are right opposite each other – take your pick!
Rushden Lakes Circular
Right beside the popular Rushden Lakes shopping centre, prepare to put aside a couple of hours to do this walk, but it’s well worth it (be prepared for a muddy walk on the way back if it’s wet!)
If you park in Rushden Lakes shopping centre itself (NN10 6FH) you will have 5 hours free parking, so plenty of time to enjoy the walk and do some shopping/eating afterwards! Start your walk at the boardwalk which gives an amazing starting view of the lakes itself, where you will find a little country path which will begin your walk.
You will be able to walk towards places like the Nene Wetlands WT Reserve, Stanwick Lakes (another great walk) and even as far as Irthlingborough and Higham Ferrers. There’s also a bridge that goes across to the River Nene!
You’ll feel tired afterwards, but luckily there’s loads on your doorstep at Rushden Lakes to fill up on afterwards!
Sywell Country Park
Josh and I went here for the first time earlier this year and even though it wasn’t autumn, the day we visited certainly felt like an autumn’s day, so I’d say it’s worth popping on this guide!
Cool fact: did you know Sywell Country Park sits on a former drinking water reservoir near the village of Sywell? It was built at the turn of the 20th century to supply water to the Higham Ferrers and Rushden areas, but now it exists as a nice water feature for a lovely autumn day walk.
There is parking on site (NN6 0QX) where you simply follow the brown and white signs to find the park which is located off the Northampton to Mears Ashby Road, near Earls Barton and you can choose to walk on the many Sywell country routes or head down the Waterworks trail.
All the routes are mostly hard-surfaced, so not too much fear in getting too muddy and it’s taken us a couple of hours to walk around the majority of the routes where you’ll find a variety of beautiful meadows, the glistening view of Sywell Reservoir and you can refuel at the Pump House Cafe while you’re there!
What’s more scenic than trees so tall they feel like they’re going on forever and a 8.9 kilometre loop trail to roam around this autumn!
Parking is £6 for pay and display for the whole day at Salcey Forest (NN7 2HX), which is very decent if you’re planning to make the day – the walk around is flat and whilst some routes can get pretty overgrown (it is a forest after all!) It is pretty easy to navigate around and there are a variety of trails you can choose to walk down depending on your walking ability or how much time you have.
It’s a good place to go if you have a dog to walk!
This popular tourist attraction is a must-visit during Autumn as you’ll find some beautiful wild flowers. It’s peaceful and tranquil during this time of year and you can take a rest at the Grounds Cafe for refreshments.
Tiffield Circular Walk
Another niche little village in South Northamptonshire with a really scenic walk that you could call a bit of a hidden gem!
I’d suggest starting at the Tiffield Pocket Park (NN12 8AE) which is a 2.6 hectare local nature reserve which leads to the disused railway path which is now a linear wildlife park where you will be treated to lovely views of rolling fields of Northamptonshire.
The trail is marked well and it’s an easy and peaceful walk, although be warned that some of this walk does require you to go onto the road and into the village itself but we’ve managed to still have a nice autumn walk!
I’ve probably got tons more to put on here but thought you’d enjoy some autumn walk inspiration in Northamptonshire – so wrap up warm and get those legs moving!
Let me know what your favourite autumn walks are in Northamptonshire and if there are any well known or lesser-known ones you’d recommend!