Northamptonshire is a rural county making it a great place to cycle. There are a number of promoted, longer distance Cycle Routes around Northamptonshire which are fantastic places to take leisure rides, in most cases suitable for the whole family. Many of them also run near to, or through town centres, so they can be used as easy links for commuting to work or school. There are also many cycle routes available that have been tried and tested by other cyclists.
There are a number of Cycling Maps which cover all of the main towns of Northamptonshire. All the maps are now in the same format, showing a grading for each road depending on its suitability for cycling, whilst also showing all off-road cycle routes
Places to Cycle
Situated just outside the village of Brixworth, 5 miles north of Northampton on the A508, the park has a network of accessible surfaced trails leading round 15 hectares of countryside overlooking the picturesque Pitsford Water. Walkers and cyclists can enjoy a 7.5 mile (12km) circuit of Pitsford Water. Allow 2-4 hours walking and 1-2 hours cycling (depending on ability).
Located off the A508 North of Northampton, the former Northampton to Market Harborough Railway is now a beautiful car free trail forming part of Route 6 of the National Cycle Network. It provides 14 miles of accessible walking and cycling path between Northampton and Market Harborough. The stone surfaced path follows the old railway track bed and is suitable for both hybrid style and mountain bikes.
Stanwick Lakes has a network of over 7 miles of cycle paths. In addition to circular routes around the lakes there is a four mile linear route running from Irthlingborough towards Thrapston, along the former railway line, providing safe off-road cycling – and a means of 'green' travel for local visitors. Cycle hire is also available.
Daventry Country Park is a popular Green Flag Award winning park ideally situated in the urban fringe of Daventry within 1 mile of the town centre on the A425, Northern Way, easily accessible by car and with the benefit of cycle ways and footpaths from the residential areas. There are circular, way marked and hard-surfaced trails through woodlands, meadows and close to the reservoir with wheelchair accessible bird hides to stop and view the wildlife.