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Discover Northampton’s Best Summer Strolls

Posted by alex on June 7, 2024

Image credit: Northants Telegraph


Northampton is a treasure trove of green and pleasant open spaces. Whether it’s an afternoon playing five-a-side football or lounging in the sun, Northampton’s parks have something for everyone. The town’s recreational lands are quite rightly the pride of West Northants Council, whose dedicated staff work hard to maintain them throughout the year.

Here, we count down 12 of Northampton’s best-loved green spaces, perfect for you to enjoy this summer.

Abington Park

Abington Park is Northampton’s oldest and most popular park. Its many features include Abington Park Museum, sports facilities, a café, flower displays, lakes, and a garden for the blind.

Becket’s Park

A charming park passed through by the River Nene, Becket’s Park is judged by many as the ‘green gateway’ into the centre of Northampton.

Dallington Park

The 23-acre Dallington Park was gifted to Northampton by Messrs C. E. and T. D. Lewis in 1921. It’s a lovely spot for a peaceful stroll.

Bradlaugh Fields

Bradlaugh Fields is a former golf site that was redesigned into a community park in 1998. It’s perfect for those who enjoy wide-open spaces.

Delapre Park

The 500-acre parklands adjoining Delapre Abbey are among Northampton’s most beautiful garden spaces. Ideal for a summer picnic.

Eastfield Park

Eastfield Park provides recreational facilities to the two housing estates on either side of it; Eastfield and Lakeview. A great spot for family fun.

Hunsbury Hill Park

Hunsbury Hill Park is a 38-acre site on the outskirts of town, located on the site of an Iron Age hill fort. History buffs will love it.

Kingsthorpe Recreation Park

Kingsthorpe Recreation Park is a popular playing field with numerous sports facilities on site. Perfect for sports enthusiasts.

The Racecourse

The Racecourse is one of Northampton’s most popular parks and a beacon for competitive sports events with 118 acres of space.

Thornton Park

Thornton Park is a small recreation facility of just 15 acres in the north of Northampton, off Harborough Road. It’s a quaint spot for a quick stroll.

Upton Country Park

Upton Country Park is a vast green space in southwest Northampton and one of the town’s most popular parks. Ideal for long walks.

Victoria Park

Victoria Park is a small park in the St James District, a mile out from the town centre. Gifted to the town by Earl Spencer in 1898, it underwent a major renovation in 2007.

So, grab your walking shoes and explore these beautiful parks in Northampton this summer!

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