5 Perfect Picnic Spots in Northamptonshire
Thank goodness – summer is here. Warm sunny days are finally upon us, and it will soon be time for the summer holidays to begin.
Whether you are looking for a fun-filled day with the children, or a romantic Saturday in the sunshine, what better way to pass the time than with a picnic. To celebrate National Picnic Month, we thought we would talk you through some of our favourite spots. Not only are these destinations completely free, but they give you chance to soak in the breath-taking countryside that Northamptonshire has to offer. Let’s get started!
Brixworth Country Park
Just a short stroll away from Pitsford Reservoir is Brixworth Country Park which is a truly idyllic setting for a picnic.
If you’re a birdwatcher, there’s no better spot to sit and watch. You can also follow BB’s little grey men trail, to discover the story of the last four gnomes in England from the famous author Denys Watkins- Pitchford whose pseudonym was “BB”.
BB was born and grew up in our home, The Old Rectory, Lamport, so we have a special love for him and his children’s books.
If you fancy a bike ride, then Pitsford Reservoir offers seven miles of family-friendly tracks to cycle (these tracks are hard-surfaced so are accessible for pram and wheelchair users)
Brampton Valley Way
The Brampton Valley Way spans across 14 miles of idyllic countryside between Market Harborough and Northampton. For a sightly more ‘off the beaten track’ picnic experience, this is a fantastic option, with vast amounts of traditional hedgerows, ancient meadows and woodland spinneys. Once a railway line, Brampton Valley Way now provides a wonderful escape for walkers, riders, cyclists and picnickers, alongside being home to an array of wildlife. There are benches for picnicking in the car parks of Brixworth, Maidwell and Kelmarsh.
Stanwick Lakes are located near Wellingborough, and this destination is a timeless family favourite for good reason. If you’re looking for an action-packed day of activities, Stanwick Lakes has it all: an adventure playground and assault course, alongside a peaceful network of idyllic walking trails. Pack a picnic and watch the world go by with some fantastic lakeside views.
Situated around 7 miles from the centre of Northampton, this magnificent forest spans miles of breath-taking ancient woodland and provides a dreamy retreat for picnickers. Across the multiple trekking trails you can walk or cycle, with endless spots to stop with your picnic. If don’t fancy packing your own sandwiches, the delightful Forest Café offers great coffee, sandwiches and cakes.
Sywell Country Park
Lastly on our list of delightful free spots is Sywell Country Park. This is a favourite among families and walkers with a 3 mile long walk around its reservoir. Among the luscious native butterfly gardens and pond areas you can find many peaceful spots to picnic. Keep your eyes peeled for some of Sywell’s exotic tree collection and Edwardian buildings still surviving from its past role as a water supply reservoir.
Althorp Estate (Not free – but well worth a visit!)
Of course, a place close to our hearts at Seaton Gifts is Althorp Estate – we simply have to mention it. Spanning across a magnificent 500 year history, Althorp is one of Northamptonshire’s historical centrepieces. Visitors can enjoy a picnic in the area overlooking the Deer Park. Don’t forget to call in and say hello at the Seaton Gifts shop there. Tickets must be booked in advance and are available here
Whether you want a tranquil lake, historical houses or rolling countryside, Northamptonshire has it all. Each of our favourites on this list offers unique outdoor beauty, and are well worth a visit this summer. So, for National Picnic Month, we urge you to pack up the wicker hamper and get outside in the fresh air. Happy picnicking!