Brackmills Woods Country Park is a little known Parkland area on the southern edge of Northampton surrounding the Brackmill Trading Estate on three sides.
I regularly travel to the area with with a little time to kill locally and so take my dog and, without enough time to get into proper countryside, enjoy a variety of walks in this woodland and open parkland area.
The park offers two main areas. On the western side there is a good 1 mile loop of smooth pathway over undulating landscaped park and woodland. I call it the 'Teletubby Park' because it look greatly like the strange mowed lawn world those children's TV creatures occupied - not actually seen one yet however! There are many dog walkers here and it is always pleasantly social too with regulars all throughout the day. Feels safe to me also for ladies during the daytime. I occasionally walk at winter evenings in the pitch dark and have never felt spooked. There are a several benches, general bins, dog-poo bins and some pleasing views over the area.
On the Eastern side there is again a well formed looping path that climes to a high point and again offers pleasing enough views over the town and general area. The ground is rough grassland and wooded with a sizeable fishing lake (of which the wooden walkways and 'pegs' have fallen into disrepair). The distance is again just over a mile round and is again fine for runners to get 'out of town' fresh air or again for kids to learn to bike and such.
Between these two loops there is a large area of connecting woodland and three fenced grazing pastures. I occasionally walk between one loop to the other and maybe back through the industrial estate which takes a couple of hours at least. The paths through these woodland areas are muddy in wet weather and can be slippery. Again for more adventurous runners there is plenty of scope to develop routes weaving about these parts.
So I have rated the area as 'very good' because for the type of facility it is it is just that. It is well maintained, very well laid-out, visually pleasing, not too busy but not isolated on the loop walks and a convenient alternative to a real country walk. There is plenty of scope for children to have a really good romp and play in areas that would feel like being in the wilds. So I hope you enjoy!
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