Days Out

Barnwell Country Park

We’ve been trying to make the most of the decent weather lately and get outside as much as possible. It’s also been a great opportunity to visit local (and local-ish) places that we’ve never been to.

Following on from our visit to Fineshade, ย we headed once again to the north of the county, this time the pretty market town of Oundle. Happily parking was free which instantly made me like the place. As someone who never has any cash on them, finding change for car parking is the bane of my life! (We parked in the Drill Hall car park on Benefield Road, PE8 4EY). After a brief stop for lunch and a stroll around the town, we headed to Barnwell Country Parkย for a walk.

We’ve visited most parks in Northamptonshire, but this was a new one for us.

I was instantly struck by how calm and serene it was.

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Barnwell is a great spot for a leisurely stroll

We followed the path around the lake. It’s not the biggest park and it probably only took us about half an hour. It was, however, very pretty and a lovely place to while away a sunny afternoon.

A sign indicating the nature trail at Barnwell Country Park, a lake is in the background

There are a couple of walking routes, plus a nature trail to discover

A wooden frog sculpture sits by a path

Love this frog sculpture!

 

A heron hiding at the side of a river

We went on our very own nature trail and managed to spot this heron lurking by the river…

A duck standing in front of a lake

…as well as this friendly duck…

A nesting Canada Goose nestles in the undergrowth

…and this nesting goose.

As it was so warm, we got cold drinks from the cafe and sat in the sun while Finn enjoyed the play area.

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This photo was taken just before he got a bit carried away and nearly fell out of the front!

I hope that everybody has had lots of opportunities to get outside in the glorious weather we’ve had. Where have you been exploring lately?

 Monkey and Mouse