With the slight easing of lockdown a week ago I finally plucked up the courage to get the boys out of the house.
The courage was needed because:
a. I am way out of practice at getting 3 kids out of the house by myself
b. They were showing quite an unwillingness to be too far away from their bloody computer games
c. Having hardly been out of the house for the last 6 weeks I actually felt a little anxious about it! Anyone else felt like this?
Anyway, we decided to go and explore Irthlingborough lakes and meadow reserve as it’s a beautiful walk with pathways wide enough that we can still keep to the social distancing rules.
getting to Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadow Reserve…
The entrance was easy to find, it was just off the A6, down Station road. You can enter Station road from either just off Nene Park roundabout (where Aldi is) or just off Chowns Mill roundabout pretty much opposite the Old Mill Interiors shop. See the map at the end of the post.
If you like this post then check out my other reviewers of Northants Walks and country parks.
It was an absolutely beautiful day today so I was worried we would struggle to park but there was plenty of free street parking on Station road.
The walking path goes straight across Station road so you can choose which way you want to go. We chose to go towards Rushden Lakes as the path looked clearer and wider so easier to social distance. Next time we will try the other direction and I will update this post.
As I said, the path is wide and slightly graveled. The boys were a bit miffed we hadn’t taken their bikes so definitely will next time as there were quite a few people on their bikes. It is totally fine for prams.
As you head down there is the old railway bridge to go under and then a large bailey bridge to walk across. The river runs alongside the walk and there are some beautiful views towards Irthlingborough.
Just after the 2 bridges we find a makeshift walkway to the left that led down to the river. The boys loved going down there to see if they could see a crocodile in the water!!!
This was a lovely walk and as I said we will probably go back soon with the bikes. From where we parked we were 2 miles from Rushden Lakes so it would be great to do the whole thing. I also think this would be a great way to go on with a friend to have a nice chat.
Have you explored Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadow Reserve? Which is your favourite direction to head down?