I’m sure I can speak for others in saying myself and my kids are all suffering from cabin fever. The first lockdown was so much easier as it fell over Summer so we were able to throw the kids in the garden or all enjoy a walk in the warm sun.
Now, however, it’s cold, wet and miserable and so unappealing to get outside. Keeping the kids stuck inside is not an option for some, the kids go mental. So, where can we take them?
I’ve put together this list of local places to visit during lockdown where you can get the family out for some calming fresh air.
By the way, on the days you are stuck inside make sure you check out my list of 24+ Indoor Activities For Kids
The first on my list of places to visit during lockdown is Kelmarsh Tunnel. Since publishing my review post of the tunnel back in June it has remained at the top of my list of most popular posts.
Kelmarsh tunnel sits on the Brampton Valley Way and is perfect for a walk or bike ride. The tunnel itself is approximately 480 meters. It is pitch black inside apart from a small amount of light that enters from the ventilation shaft. I highly recommend a torch and in this weather, wellies.
Salcey Forest offers 3 walking trails, a cycling trail, and a great play area.
Evenly Wood Garden
Evenley Wood Garden is a 60-acre privately owned woodland garden that is open every day 10 am -4 pm
Castle Ashby Gardens
Not many people realise the Castle Ashby gardens are still open. The only parts that are closed are the Orangery and the Menagerie. Castle Ashby is a beautiful set of gardens that offer loads of space for the kids to run around and burn off some energy. You can read my full review in this post.
We are so lucky to have a number of beautiful country parks in Northamptonshire, each one offering its own unique feature.
Irchester country park has some dinosaur bones to find and explore as well as a couple of great, spacious play areas.
Sywell country park also has a couple of nice play areas plus a reservoir to walk around.
Brixworth country park has a sensory play area, a playground for younger and older children plus a woodland area to build a den.
Daventry country park has a newly renovated play area, a nature trail, and a reservoir where you can feed the ducks.
You can still currently visit the Walled Garden and outer grounds however the Abbey, Orangery, and the Hibiscus are closed.
Over towards Daventry, you will also find Badby Wood. A great spot for a bear hunt for the little ones! Read my post about Badby Wood here.
Between Great Doddington and Wollaston, you will find Summer Leys nature reserve. There are a few different lengths of walks to choose from, the ones taking you around the outside of the reserve offering some beautiful views over the valley.
A walk along the canal in Stoke Bruerne always gives the kids something to talk about. It’s exciting to see the canal boats and if your lucky you may even see the opening of the locks.
When you think of Rushden Lakes you probably just think of the shops, restaurants, and cinema. However, around the back of the shops is so much more. If you head down behind the restaurants there is a nature trail walk around the lake where your child can spot the wood carved animals. At the end of the trail is a small play area.
At the other end of the shops, behind AJ Cycles you will find the entrance to another country walk. This track is pram friendly and great for bikes. There is also the option to take a smaller path off towards Wilson Pits, although this could be pretty muddy at this time of year.
Wicksteed Park is made up of 147 acres of parkland. There is a formal garden, an arboretum, and the remains of a 900-year-old castle.
Harleston Firs is ideal if you are looking for a woodland walk amongst the trees. Again, I would say this is a great spot for bikes and you will often see a horse or two taking a stroll but be mindful of the weather as the ground will be wet due to a large amount of shade.
Do you know of any other places to visit during lockdown? Let us know in the comments below!
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