The Best time in the fresh air

This walk takes you through waterside meadows, across weirs and along peaceful farmland tracks.

The banks of the Nene, Oundle, Northamptonshire

Distance: 6 ¾ miles (10.9km); duration 3 ½ hours

  • From the end of Market Place, in Oundle, walk down St Osyths Lane until it curves right, and then go straight on into Bassett Ford Road. Where this bends left into Riverside Close go ahead to gate at end.  There are two riverside walks indicated – go half left across field and follow bank downstream (not over footbridge ahead).
  • For next 2 ¼ miles (3-6km) route follows bank of Nene as it completes giant loop. Go underneath Oundle bypass and eventually out by open meadows.
  • Beyond weir, reach high footbridge and cross river to Ashton – round trip of ¾ mile (1-2km). Otherwise, continue straight, back under bypass to reach old bridge.
  • Cross road and turn right. On far side of river turn left at Riverside walk sign, past boat sheds, strike out along flat eastern bank of Nene via two weirs. Second can be tricky if water level is high, in which case retrace steps to road Bridge and take field path and lane further east.
  • Cross river via “guillotine” lock; continue to lane at far end of converted corn mill. Turn left through Cotterstock. After 550 yards turn left before telephone box for path between fence and hedge.
  • Head out along left hand side of an open field then beside a narrow plantation with river on far side. Continue past small sewage works and down through two more fields before reaching playing field.
  • Halfway along pitch turn left for gap in hedge and boardwalk out on Nene –permissive route through Snipe Meadow nature reserve. Turn right and walk along river bank until just before bridge, then head right for Oundle Wharf. Go through field beside buildings to reach New Road.
  • Turn left and walk to end, then right into Station Road/North Street to return to town centre.


From AA’s 100 Best Walks in Eastern England

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