The disused Northamptonshire railway line you can walk along

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Northamptonshire is full of beautiful gardens, parks and walks in its historic countryside, and the coronavirus has only made locals appreciate it even more.

But sometimes you want to think outside the box.

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Finedon Pocket Park allows hikers to explore their local history while being close to nature.

You can access the pocket park via Station Road and Avenue Road, next to the cricket club, or from St Mary’s Avenue and Harrowden Lane, although there is no parking in the latter two.

In the middle of the woods are paths built from the disused railway line that ran from Finedon to Wellingborough.

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The railway was used to transport iron ore in the 1930s

The railway was built in the early 20th century and in the 1930s was used to transport iron ore mined from the quarry, also to Finedon.

But when the railway line was no longer in use, rather than plugging the track and putting it back on farmland, the people of Finedon campaigned to keep it as an “important wildlife area.” In 1984, Finedon Pocket Park became the first of its kind in the country.

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In the park there are lovely walks along the old railway tracks, one of which can be found on the Northamptonshire Walks website – a group put together by Dave and Tanya Askew who has been a lifeline for residents during the coronavirus pandemic.

The woods include coppiced lime trees, estimated to be over three hundred years old, and glades have also been created to encourage flora on the ground.

According to Trip Advisor reviews, you can find all kinds of wildlife here if you keep a keen eye: badgers, larks, woodpeckers and rabbits have all been seen and heard in the park.

Helen Askew, a member of Northamptonshire Walks, took the walk in March.

“It was really beautiful,” said Helen. “It was very calming, green and I just felt intact.”

Kate Middleton, who took the walk with her family, said the Northamptonshire Walks page was “awesome”.

“We loved it,” she said. “It’s great to have a page like Northamptonshire Walks, we find some great walks on our doorstep that we didn’t know existed.”

You can find the Finedon Circular Walk (Walk 70) and many other local walks around Northamptonshire’s most beautiful and fascinating sites on the Northamptonshire Walks website.

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