Landscape Photo
Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

This short circular walk (about 600m) provides good views of Barnwell Country Park lakes and their wildlife. The path has a good wide surface and there are at least six seats provided along the way.The car park for the country park is on Barnwell Road, soth of Oundle, at Ordnance Survey Grid Reference TL036873.

Surveyed by: . Fieldfare, July 2008 (Summer)
Accessibility Rating: 1More Information
Distance: 0.6 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: No
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No

Full Profile

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 the yellow arrows for the Lakeside Stroll (about 600m) and the red arrows for the Kingfisher trail (about 1200m). 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 the yellow arrows for the Lakeside Stroll (about 600m) and the red arrows for the Kingfisher trail (about 1200m). 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.

The path behind the bollards avoid the road and car park.

Direction The path behind the bollards avoid the road and car park.

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 passes under trees and through woodland so there will be light and dark areas and the shade will vary according to the sunlight.

Visibility The path passes under trees and through woodland so there will be light and dark areas and the shade will vary according to the sunlight.

There are no gates or stiles on the walk that cannot  be easily by-passed.

Clearance There are no gates or stiles on the walk that cannot be easily by-passed.

There are regular seats beside the paths and picnic tables are available on some of the meadows.

Seat There are regular seats beside the paths and picnic tables are available on some of the meadows.

The Lakeside Stroll has some areas where fine loose stones cover the surface but the path remains firm and even.

Surface The Lakeside Stroll has some areas where fine loose stones cover the surface but the path remains firm and even.

There are picnic benches by the play area.

Seat There are picnic benches by the play area.

The play area seats are only 200m from the car park and visitor centre.

Seat The play area seats are only 200m from the car park and visitor centre.

Path

Seats are provided adjacent to the path in several places.

Seat Seats are provided adjacent to the path in several places.

There are some seats with backrests and some that are just benches.

Seat There are some seats with backrests and some that are just benches.

The path leads to a causeway just before the Kingfisher Hide.

Path The path leads to a causeway just before the Kingfisher Hide.

The causeway just before the Kingfisher Hide is wide enough for two people side by side and has a safety fence.

Width The causeway just before the Kingfisher Hide is wide enough for two people side by side and has a safety fence.

There are fascinating views of the lakes at many points on the walk and there is always a chance of spotting interesting wildlife, perhaps even the flash of blue that is a kingfisher

View There are fascinating views of the lakes at many points on the walk and there is always a chance of spotting interesting wildlife, perhaps even the flash of blue that is a kingfisher

The Kingfisher Hide is screened from the lake to minimise disturbance

Bird Hide The Kingfisher Hide is screened from the lake to minimise disturbance

The Kingfisher Hide is not always open. Check at the visitor centre for times.

Bird Hide The Kingfisher Hide is not always open. Check at the visitor centre for times.

An Information Panel gives more information about kingfishers

Information An Information Panel gives more information about kingfishers

The path continues from the hide along the wooded shores of the lake

Path The path continues from the hide along the wooded shores of the lake

There may be overhanging vegetation in some areas

Clearance There may be overhanging vegetation in some areas

The path to the right is the return route to the visitor centre

Direction The path to the right is the return route 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

Path 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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