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The boys have been getting a bit fed up of boring walks in the countryside so I thought a walk to and through Kelmarsh tunnel might be a bit more exciting for them.
what is kelmarsh tunnel?…
Kelmarsh tunnel is an old railway tunnel that has been restored. It is part of the Northampton to Market Harborough line and opened in 1859. It is located on the Brampton Valley Way and is accessible by foot or bike.
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how to get to kelmarsh tunnel…
We parked at Kelmarsh Station carpark (see map at bottom of page). From here you can either take the steps up to the track or if on a bike or have a pram there is a trail you can ride along to get you up to the track.
From the carpark, the tunnel is a half a mile walk. The track is easy to walk along, fairly wide and flat enough for a pram. It is a dirt track though so could get quite muddy when wet.
It is a scenic walk with views over the fields. Not much is shaded though until you get close to the tunnels.
what to expect when you get there…
The tunnel itself is much smaller than I imagined and the first thing you notice when you approach is how dark it is. You can see the little dot of light at the end giving you an idea of how long it is.
We visited on a beautiful day on the weekend so it was fairly busy. This meant that as we were walking through the tunnel there were lots of lights from bikes and other peoples torches. However, if it’s quiet then after a few metres in you aren’t really going to be able to see anything so I highly recommend taking a torch!
The ground inside the tunnel is flat although there were a couple of small potholes and due to the fact that there is never any sunlight, the ground has a bit of a slimy mud surface.
About halfway down the tunnel is an uncovered ventilation shaft and although quite wide it lets in very little light.
Once we reached the end of the tunnel we had a rest and snack on a bench then headed back to the car as the boys were getting tired. I do believe that if we had gone a little further we would have come across some picnic benches that would be great for some lunch. We did see 1 or 2 picnic benches between the car and the tunnel but that was about it.
The postcode for the tunnel is NN6 9LT.
Have you been to Kelmarsh Tunnel? What did you think?