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Fermyn Woods is another of Northamptonshire County Councils‘ beautiful country parks. I had never been before with it being in part of the county I rarely travel to. However, it’s definitely a place I will be returning to this Summer.
Fermyn Woods is located in Brigstock, Kettering (see map at bottom of this post). Entry is free however you do need to pay for parking. We paid £3.20 for 4 hours. I am planning to get a country park pass in the next few weeks will save a good amount of money over the year!
the play areas…
As with all Northamptonshire country parks, Fermyn Woods has a couple of fantastic play areas.
The main one sits right next to the car park and features equipment for all ages including a zip line. There was a sand area that my boys loved so next time we will definitely take our buckets and spades.
This play area is fenced but just outside this is a fort and 2 slides.
Along with the main play area, there was also the Butterfly Pit. This was an area full of wooden play equipment built in the shapes of a caterpillar and a butterfly. Unfortunately on the day we visited this was closed due to refurbishment but I expect it will be open by Summer.
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Next to the Butterfly Pit was the Skylark cafe that was open for takeaway. They sold a selection of hot and cold drinks, cakes, kids’ lunches, and some other savory options for the grown-ups.
Just behind the cafe is a covered Skylark activity shelter that is available for hire for parties and events.
There are also some toilets located behind the cafe however I don’t believe they had any baby change facilities.
exploring Fermyn Woods Country Park…
After we let the kids have a play we all went off to explore. The first thing we discovered was the lookout over the pond.
From here, we headed along the trail. We very quickly came to another piece of climbing equipment suitable for older kids. As we carried along the path we spotted some large logs in the trees. The boys tested their balancing skills walking along these.
If you follow the red Skylark Nature trail you can look out for some brass rubbings. I had seen this written on the website so had taken some paper and crayons with us.
We decided to veer off the main path and head into the woods a little. Within the woods, we found some tree tents that we managed to convince the boys belonged to the Gruffalo!
Fermyn Woods offers 3 trails to follow. The shortest is the red Skylark Nature trail. This around 1/2 mile long and is a fully surfaced path.
There is the purple Woodland Walk that is around 1 mile long and is also fully hard-surfaced and then there is the orange Fermyn Forest Walk which is 2 1/4 miles and is part hard-surfaced and part soft tracked.
Wellies are advised for the purple and orange track in wet weather. Both the Skylark nature trail and woodland walk at Fermyn woods are pram-friendly.
As with all the country parks, there are loads of wildlife to look out for. There are birds such as kites that you can see over the play area. Check out the notice board outside the cafe for what birds have recently been spotted.
There are also lots of butterflies to spot. Look out for the signs around the woods giving you information on which species you might see.
The address for Fermyn Woods country park is Lyveden Rd, Brigstock, Kettering NN14 3HS