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Despite growing up in Wollaston I had never actually visited Summer Leys until last week! However, after dropping the boys at school I had some time to kill so went with Hudson to investigate.
It was a cold and foggy morning so we wrapped up warm and headed out. Once in the car park, you can see the start of 3 paths – 1 at either end and 1 in the middle. The one in the middle is a very short 10-minute walk and the ones at the end meet up and go around the edge of the lake, this walk will take you about 30 minutes.
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Along the way, there are beautiful views up the valley of Great Doddington, the Weir on Hardwater Road and over the lake itself. Hudson loved standing in all the giant puddles and saying Hello to the dogs out on their morning walks. There were a few bridges over some streams which were great to look at and play pooh sticks. Looking out over the lake we could see some ducks and swans and sometimes there are sheep or cows in the neighbouring fields.
When you get to the far end of the lake you have a choice. You can either continue walking along the edge of the lake or lengthening your walk by about 10 minutes and going a little wider along the road. We chose the latter as it was particularly muddy that day and looked really slippy. This turned out great as we walked past a garden full of chickens which excited Hudson.
Parking and entry are free to Summer Leys. They do however close the gates at particular times but this is well signposted in the carpark. There is no cafe or play area. The path is flat around the lake, however, there are a few kissing gates, they are pretty wide and you should be able to get a buggy through.
Summer Leys is located on Hardwater Road, near Wollaston, Northamptonshire, NN29 7TD