Top Ten Parks, Forests and Gardens to Explore in and Around Kettering

If you are an outdoorsy type looking for property for rent in Kettering, you may want to know about country parks and gardens to visit in the area. Kettering has a number of beautiful open spaces to explore which are ideal for walks, cycling, picnicking, or simply for somewhere to take the children during the school holidays or at weekends. Here, Ashan Property takes a look at some of the top ten country parks in and around Kettering.

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Boughton House Park

If you want to combine a visit to a stately home with a trek around stunning landscaped gardens, Boughton House Park, which is just under three miles from Kettering, is the place to go. Not only is the house considered one of the finest and best-preserved stately homes, it has a superb art collection including masterpieces by Gainsborough, El Greco and Van Dyke. After a tour of the house, the gardens are well worth a stroll and include woodlands, lakes, avenues and beautifully shaped lawns.

Rockingham Forest

Once you have found the perfect property to rent in Kettering, a popular place to explore is Rockingham Forest, which is just seven miles from Kettering. A former hunting ground of William the Conqueror, it consists of 200 square miles of land including parkland, farmland and woodland. There are various circular routes to follow on foot or by bike, and you might spot some wildlife along the way such as deer, newts, badgers, dragonflies or rare butterflies.

Kelmarsh Hall

A similar distance away is the 18th century built Kelmarsh Hall, which is open to the public in spring and summer. The gardens were inspired by society decorator Nancy Lancaster, who lived in the house in the early to mid 1900’s, and feature a sunken garden, a walled garden, fruit and vegetable garden, restored vinery and avenues leading to a lake.

Stanwick Lakes

If you want to enjoy a tranquil walk, pony trek or cycle ride, head to this 750 acre nature reserve in Stanwick, eight miles from Kettering. It offers entertainment for all ages, including an adventure play area for children, an assault course and climbing rocks to explore. You can round off your day by enjoying a spot of fishing, bird watching, hiring a boat, or eating al fresco.

Lyveden New Bield

Mysterious and slightly spooky, this incomplete Elizabethan property in Oundle, eight miles from Kettering, remains just as it was following the owner’s death in the early 1600’s. It is set amidst attractive grounds, which includes an Elizabethan garden, orchard, moat, meadows and summer house. Why not round off your visit with a bite to eat in the tea room?

Irchester Country Park

Offering free admission to the park itself, (with a small fee for parking), Irchester Country Park in Wellingborough, nine miles from Kettering, is well worth a visit. As well as trails to explore, there’s also a children’s play park, a railway museum, and a high ropes adventure course (although you will need to book in advance for this).

Sywell Country Park

Fishing and boules are just two of the activities you can do at Sywell Country Park. Open all year round, this former reservoir at Ecton has a cluster of exotic trees to see, lakeside walks, and meadowland to explore. It is worth noting that while you can walk around the site, you are not permitted to cycle here.

Brixworth Country Park

Also nine miles from Kettering, this is a great place to go to hire bikes and you can also fly kites here too. It’s the region’s newest country park and attractions include sculptures, a sensory garden, and a chance to fish or enjoy windsurfing, sailing or canoeing lessons. It is suitable for people of all abilities.

Cottesbrooke Hall

If you are a literary lover, this manor house in Northampton was thought to be the inspiration behind Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. It is a grade I listed Queen Anne property with award-winning contemporary gardens which include a pool garden, statue walk, philosopher’s garden and a Dutch garden.

Coton Manor

This pretty ten acre garden, 12 miles from Kettering, is separated into smaller gardens and has fountains, ponds, streams, a meadow and bluebell wood. There’s also piglets and cows to see. Contact the website to find out about opening times.

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