Northamptonshire is home to some beautiful places, perfect if you’re looking to get away for a romantic break. Below are some things to do in Northamptonshire and ideas to inspire you:
Discover a Living Canal Village
Set along the Grand Union Canal at Stoke Bruerne, this is a wonderful place for a day out. Whether you want to take a romantic stroll along the canal tow path, soak up the history or even take a boat trip, there’s plenty to see, and you can relax with lunch afterwards at one of the village pubs.
More information: www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/the-canal-museum/stoke-bruerne
Marvel at the beauty of Castle Ashby
Wander through the gorgeous gardens at Castle Ashby to see a variety of stunning garden styles, including Italian, a Rainbow Border, an arboretum and butterfly garden. Be sure to head to the menagerie to meet the meerkats, chipmunks and marmosets before enjoying a bite to eat in the Tea Room.
More information: www.castleashbygardens.co.uk
Explore the Brampton Valley Way by foot or cycle
Enjoy the scenery and historical heritage along the Brampton Valley Way – the former Northampton to Market Harborough Railway. The 14 mile long route is perfect for walking, cycling and in parts, horse riding. Pack a blanket and lunch as there are many great picnic spots on the way.
Walk through the treetops of Salcey Forest
If you’re the adventurous type, head to Salcey Forest. Full of wildlife and history, there are plenty of trails for walkers and cyclists, and the Treetop Way will give you stunning views across the forest. Alternatively, why not try your hand at the Tree Ninja high ropes course or the 18m Shock Drop swing?
More information: www.forestry.gov.uk/salceyforest
Escape to Cottesbrooke Hall and Gardens
The remarkable 18th century landscaping of Cottesbrooke is certainly one not to miss. The formal and ‘wild’ gardens surround the magnificent Queen Anne house, offering a spectacular setting for a little peace and quiet. If you’re interested in history, you can even take a tour inside the main house.
More information: www.cottesbrooke.co.uk