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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

This short circular walk (about 1Km) provides good views of Barnwell Country Park lakes and their wildlife. The path has a good wide surface and there at least twelve are seats provided along the way.The car park for the country park is of Barnwell Road, south of Oundle, at Ordnance Survey Grid Reference TL036873.

Surveyed by: . Fieldfare, July 2008 (Summer)
Accessibility Rating: 1More Information
Distance: 1.0 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: No
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No
The walks start from the visitor centre near the car park. Ordnance Survey Grid Reference: TL 036 873

Start The walks start from the visitor centre near the car park. Ordnance Survey Grid Reference: TL 036 873

There are maps and further information available at the visitor centre.

Information There are maps and further information available at the visitor centre.

Follow  red arrows for the Kingfisher trail (about 1200m) and the yellow arrows for the Lakeside Stroll (about 600m). Both these walks have an even, stable surface throughout. The Riverside trail uses grass paths for some of its route. None of the paths have significant gradients.

Information Follow red arrows for the Kingfisher trail (about 1200m) and the yellow arrows for the Lakeside Stroll (about 600m). Both these walks have an even, stable surface throughout. The Riverside trail uses grass paths for some of its route. None of the paths have significant gradients.

The path follows the timber bollards past the car park.

Path The path follows the timber bollards past the car park.

Both the Lakeside and Kingfisher walks start to the left of the visitor centre.

Path Both the Lakeside and Kingfisher walks start to the left of the visitor centre.

The paths are wide enough for two people to walk side by side.

Width The paths are wide enough for two people to walk side by side.

The red arrow shows the way to follow for the Kingfisher Trail. Turn left and cross the road. 

Occasionally there are overhanging branches.

Direction The red arrow shows the way to follow for the Kingfisher Trail. Turn left and cross the road. Occasionally there are overhanging branches.

The path is wide enough for two people to walk side by side and has an even, firm and level surface

Surface The path is wide enough for two people to walk side by side and has an even, firm and level surface

The gate to the Milll Lake car park has a National Key Scheme padlock that can be opened by the same key as operates most accessible toilets. This enables disabled people to get closer to some of the fishing spots on Mill Lake.

Information The gate to the Milll Lake car park has a National Key Scheme padlock that can be opened by the same key as operates most accessible toilets. This enables disabled people to get closer to some of the fishing spots on Mill Lake.

This car park enables disabled people to get closer to some of the fishing spots on Mill Lake

Information This car park enables disabled people to get closer to some of the fishing spots on Mill Lake

The gate has a convenient gap that can be used if you are not taking a vehicle through

Width The gate has a convenient gap that can be used if you are not taking a vehicle through

The path runs across the grass covered car park area

Path The path runs across the grass covered car park area

There are benches and picnic tables in the Mill Lake car park

Seat There are benches and picnic tables in the Mill Lake car park

Follow the red arrow for the Kingfisher Walk

Direction Follow the red arrow for the Kingfisher Walk

The reed beds and open water of the lakes are teaming with wildlife

View The reed beds and open water of the lakes are teaming with wildlife

Benches are provided regularly along the Kingfisher Walk

Seat Benches are provided regularly along the Kingfisher Walk

There are accessible fishing platforms close to the path.

Fishing There are accessible fishing platforms close to the path.

Picnic tables may be set a little way from the path

Seat Picnic tables may be set a little way from the path

The Lowlands Hide is not always open. Check at the visitor centre for details

Bird Hide The Lowlands Hide is not always open. Check at the visitor centre for details

There may be over hanging vegetation in places

Clearance There may be over hanging vegetation in places

Seats are also provided on the meadows overlooking the river

Seat Seats are also provided on the meadows overlooking the river

The path winds along the river bank.

Path The path winds along the river bank.

Follow the red arrows for the Kingfisher Walk

Path Follow the red arrows for the Kingfisher Walk

The seats are provided in some very nice places to just sit and stare

Seat The seats are provided in some very nice places to just sit and stare

The path continues by the river bank

Path The path continues by the river bank

The path continues by the river bank

Path The path continues by the river bank

The path continues by the river bank

Path The path continues by the river bank

A dragonfly carving may also serve as a place to perch for a rest

Seat A dragonfly carving may also serve as a place to perch for a rest

Seats are provided by the edge of the path

Seat Seats are provided by the edge of the path

The reed beds, lily pads and open water provide varied habitats for wildlife

View The reed beds, lily pads and open water provide varied habitats for wildlife

The path may narrow a little in places where grass has encroached

Width The path may narrow a little in places where grass has encroached

Vegetation growing in from the side may also narrow the path in places.

Clearance Vegetation growing in from the side may also narrow the path in places.

Vegetation growing in from the side may also narrow the path in places.

Path Vegetation growing in from the side may also narrow the path in places.

The path has some areas where there are small loose stones on the surface which is otherwise firm and even

Surface The path has some areas where there are small loose stones on the surface which is otherwise firm and even

There are some good views of the river from this path

View There are some good views of the river from this path

The Riverside Walk follows grass surfaced paths along the river bank The Kingfisher Walk turns right and back towards the visitor centre.

Direction The Riverside Walk follows grass surfaced paths along the river bank The Kingfisher Walk turns right and back towards the visitor centre.

A pleasant spot in the west meadow to enjoy the environment a little way from the path

Seat A pleasant spot in the west meadow to enjoy the environment a little way from the path

A small gazebo gives shelter at this point

Shelter A small gazebo gives shelter at this point

The gazebo gives shelter and a seat to rest on at a very pleasant spot

Seat The gazebo gives shelter and a seat to rest on at a very pleasant spot

The path continues through the causeways between the lakes

Path The path continues through the causeways between the lakes

The are some places where vegetation encroaches on the path

Clearance The are some places where vegetation encroaches on the path

Seats are provided in some pleasant places to sit an stare

Seat Seats are provided in some pleasant places to sit an stare

The is always something to see on the water

View The is always something to see on the water

The causeway links the Kingfisher trail to the return leg of the Lakeside Stroll

Path The causeway links the Kingfisher trail to the return leg of the Lakeside Stroll

The lakes can mirror the surrounding trees on a still day

View The lakes can mirror the surrounding trees on a still day

Light and shade are a feature as the path passes through many woodland areas

Visibility Light and shade are a feature as the path passes through many woodland areas

The Kingfisher Trail rejoins the Lakeside Stroll at this point so follow the yellow arrows to the left to return to the visitor centre.

Direction The Kingfisher Trail rejoins the Lakeside Stroll at this point so follow the yellow arrows to the left to return to the visitor centre.

Though edged by bushes the path has openings from which the lakes can be seen

Clearance Though edged by bushes the path has openings from which the lakes can be seen

Follow the yellow and red arrows back to the visitor centre.

Path Follow the yellow and red arrows back to the visitor centre.

On a still day the lakes mirror the surrounding trees.

View On a still day the lakes mirror the surrounding trees.

The path may narrow for short distances because of encroaching vegetation

Clearance The path may narrow for short distances because of encroaching vegetation

Seats are regularly placed around the walks

Seat Seats are regularly placed around the walks

There is always something to see out on the lakes

View There is always something to see out on the lakes

There should always be time to sit and stare

Seat There should always be time to sit and stare

Picnic tables as well as seats are available around the walks

Seat Picnic tables as well as seats are available around the walks

There are fishing platforms available in several places

Fishing There are fishing platforms available in several places

The path leads straight back towards the visitor centre

Path The path leads straight back towards the visitor centre

The windows to the lakes are always intriguing

View The windows to the lakes are always intriguing

Picnic benches are often a little way from the paths

Seat Picnic benches are often a little way from the paths

Simple benches can also provide a rest for walkers

Seat Simple benches can also provide a rest for walkers

The car park is now in sight

Path The car park is now in sight

Straight on for the visitor centre

Direction Straight on for the visitor centre

Back to the car park

Blue Badge parking bays Back to the car park

Visitor information is available even when the visitor centre is closed

End Visitor information is available even when the visitor centre is closed

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