GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Northamptonshire Cycle Routes

There is much to enjoy for the cyclist in Northamptonshire with National Cycle Network Route 6 and the Great Central Cycle Ride passing through the county.
Also of interest is the lovely traffic free Brampton Valley Way which is covered below in the Northampton to Market Harborough route.

Use the links to view full route information including elevation profiles, interactive maps and GPS downloads.
You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Northamptonshire Cycle Map>>

There are several National Cycle Network signed routes in the county many of which have been mapped and can be viewed and downloaded below.
For more information on NCN routes in the county (including free cycle maps) please click here

For more information on cycle routes in Northamptonshire including tips, advice and free cycle maps please click here


Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Brampton Valley Way14 miles (23 km)This walk and cycle trail runs from the outskirts of Northampton to Market Harborough along the trackbed of a disused railway line and National Cycle route 6. The route passes Brixworth, Maidwell and Great Oxendon with Brixworth Country Park just off the route. This is well worth a small detour as you will find the lovely Pitsford Water and cycle hire if needed. View Full Details>>
Brixworth Country Park11 miles (18 km)A circular cycle or walk around the expansive Brixworth Country Park in Northamptonshire. Pitsford Water Reservoir is the main feature of the park. It is the third largest reservoir in the UK and has a fabulous cycle and walking path running around the perimeter and a Nature Reserve at the northern end. There is also a sensory garden and a sculpture trail. View Full Details>>
Buckingham to Banbury26 miles (42 km)This route follows The Great Central Cycle Ride and the Oxfordshire cycleway from Buckingham to Banbury.
The route follows a series of quiet roads through the countryside of Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire and takes you through some pretty villages and lovely scenery. View Full Details>>
Buckingham to Daventry25 miles (40 km)Follow the Great Central Cycle ride from Buckingham to Daventry View Full Details>>
Daventry Country Park2 miles (3.5 km)Enjoy woodland, meadows and the lovely Daventry Reservoir on this waterside route in Northamptonshire. The southern part of the reservoir is a designated nature reserve with bird hides. There is also a delightful nature trail through the sensory garden to the pond, with useful information boards along the way. View Full Details>>
Daventry to Rugby19 miles (30 km)This route starts near Daneholme park in Daventry and follows The Great Central Cycle Ride to Rugby in Warwickshire. View Full Details>>
Fermyn Woods2 miles (2.5 km)This country park and forest has a number of walking trails and two bridleways for cyclists. Formerly known as Brigstock Country Park, it is located a few miles north east of Kettering. View Full Details>>
Fineshade Woods5 miles (8 km) View Full Details>>
Harrold Odell Country Park3 miles (5 km)This park has two pretty lakes set in 144 acres of country park. It is located between Bedford and Northampton on the River Great Ouse near the villages of Harrold and Odell in Bedfordshire. You will find river meadows, a nature reserve, two picturesque lakes and a range of managed habitats. There is also free parking and refreshments in the Tea-Zels Cafe. View Full Details>>
Irchester Country Park2 miles (3.5 km)Enjoy numerous walking and cycling trails in this splendid country park in Wellingborough. The park has peaceuful woodland paths, open meadows and the interesting Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway Museum. There is also plenty of wildlife with Muntjac Deer, hedgehogs, stoats and squirrels. View Full Details>>
Milton Keynes to Northampton21 miles (33 km)Follow NCN route 6 and the River Ouse from Milton Keynes to Northampton View Full Details>>
Northampton to Market Harborough20 miles (32 km)This ride passes from Northamptonshire into Leicestershire along National Cycle route 6. You start near the tourist information centre in Northampton and soon join the lovely Brampton Valley Way - a 14 mile cycle path following the track bed of a disused railway line. This takes you all the way to the finish point at Market Harborough train station. View Full Details>>
Peterborough to Kettering31 miles (50 km)This route takes you from Cambridgeshire to Northamptonshire along NCN route 53 View Full Details>>
Salcey Forest4 miles (7 km)Enjoy peaceful cycling and walking trails in this popular forest in Northamptonshire. For cyclists there is a lovely, family cycle trail starting at the car park. It's a gentle circuit of the forest on surfaced paths but with a couple of road crossings to look out for. View Full Details>>
Stanwick Lakes3 miles (5.5 km)Explore 750 acres of parkland and nature reserve in the heart of Northamptonshire's beautiful Nene Valley. The park has a lovely cycle and walking track passing between the many lakes. In addition to the circular cycle routes around the lakes there is a four mile linear route running from Irthlingborough towards Thrapston, along a former railway line. Cycle hire is available within the park and there is an excellent visitor centre with interactive displays. View Full Details>>
Wakerley Woods3 miles (5 km)Enjoy several cycling and walking trails in this forest near Peterbrough. Mountain bikers can have a go on the Scar Tree Trail. This blue graded, single-track ride is three miles in length and starts at the car park. View Full Details>>
Westbury Circular Ride12 miles (19 km)This is a circular walk or cycle ride around Westbury in Buckinghamshire. Route highlights include Turweston Airfield and Biddlesden House and Park. The house occupies the site of a Cistercian Abbey, founded in 1147 and sits behind a small lake. View Full Details>>

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Route NameDistanceDifficulty
The Swan's Way65 miles (105 km)***

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