Which part of the Nene Valley do you value and why?
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A great place to walk and see wildlife, close to the centre of town.
A wonderful, well used urban park, just a short walk from my house.
A nice place to walk and getaway from the houses and buildings
Wonderful bird habitat!
Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows
Within walking distance of my home. It's a joy to see the diverse habitat and the wildlife that inhabits the area. I love to watch the changes each season brings to the area.
Oundle to Elton
We love this part of the river - as we are keen boaters, we think it is the prettiest bit!
A must for all keen bird watchers!
Kinewell lake, Ringstead
A beautiful haven for wildlife, particularly water birds. Managed, but not over managed, by a small group of volunteers. It was here, 30 years ago, my then boyfriend, now husband proposed to me.
Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows Nature Reserve
I love the feeling of openness you get when walking through the reserve along the Greenway and there is always something to see that makes me smile no matter what time of year, whether it's dragonflies and butterflies enjoying the summer sunshine or flocks of birds coming in to land in the winter.
High Wood and Meadow
I love the tranquillity here, I can escape from the world!
Pitsford Water Nature Reserve because of the wonderful wildlife and tranquility.
Pitsford Water Nature Reserve because of the wonderful wildlife and the tranquility. Also the dedicated staff and volunteers there are good company and very knowledgeable about the wildlife.
Newton Field Centre
This field centre is a fantastic, and hidden, resource! Based in a converted church in the tiny village of Newton, this site is filled with history and the centre managed meadows are blooming marvellous in the summer (excuse the pun!)
Wadenhoe and the view upstream
I got married in Wadenhoe and during the two days I was there we climbed up to the church outside the village to see the magnificent views up the river. Shame about the Ikea building in the distance though.
Free to enter, well-manged accessible green space
Accessible, well-managed site - fantastic restoration of gravel pits for the benefit of people and wildlife
Had a lovely sunny family walk in the spring and saw lots of wildlife
Pitsford Nature Reserve and SSSI
There are many places that I value, which include Stortons Gravel Pits at Sixfields Northampton, Blueberry Farm near Maidwell and Harrington Airfield but above all I value Pitsford Nature Reserve which is closest to my home and provides as much as any of the other sites in terms of the ticking the boxes below.
Kings Cliffe area
Lots and lots of different footpaths offering a multitude of routes through the superbly quiet countryside. The Willowbrook burbling, a pub in every village, the Fineshade/Wakerley woods complex, a diisused railway line and two SSSs.Fantastic variety and some precious wildlife havens.
Weedon Bec and Flore Area.
At this point the Nene is not a full-scale river - more a large stream. It forms the southern boundary of Flore parish, and includes a water mill and flood defences. There is a flood plain and what amount to water meadows south of Flore village, which are a particular delight in both Summer and Winter.
At this point the river has a more or less undisturbed and untamed feel to it, unlike many areas further downstream.
A largely unappreciated asset.
Since moving to Northamptonshire in the late 60s my knowledge and appreciation has grown. I have walked several sections of the Nene Valley Way and valued the somewhat late use of the former Northampton - Peterborough (and Kettering - Cambridge) railway lines as footpaths and cycle ways. I have lived close to the northern source of the River Nene as well a in Irthlingborough and Higham Ferrers and know the Ferry Meadows park in Peterborough. Stanwick Lakes is a welcome and well used leisure and environmental resource but I was sad that the discussions at the Frontier Centre in 2006/7? about imaginatively developing the adjacent sites of Stanwick Lakes, the Frontier Centre and the 27 acres at Nene Park came to nothing.
Having been concerned about the large amount of gravel extraction along the Nene Valley close to Irthlingborough I am relieved that the resultant environmental requirements of planning permission have begun to enhance the area.
Site suggested by participants at a community dialogue session at Northampton Washland on 8 November 2014
Site suggested by participants at a community dialogue session at Northampton Washlands on 8 November 2014
Brafield to Great Houghton
Site suggested by participants at a community dialogue session at Northampton Washlands on 8 November 2014. For the views overlooking Northampton from the south.
Earls Barton area
Sywell Country Park
Hilltop near Great Doddington overlooking Summer Leys
Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows
From south of Washland looking north
Peterborough – West of the Railworld Foot Bridge
Its a wonderful area that could be 'beautiful' with a little care and conservation.
Wadenhoe water meadows
These quiet meadows have some of the greatest biodiversity in the area, being rich in wildflowers that feed ground nesting birds, mammals and insects.
Ashton is a model village remodelled by Nathaniel Charles Rothschild in the 1900s for his estate workers. Rothschild is one of the most important figures in nature conservation, creating the concept of nature reserves through the formation of what would become the Wildlife Trust. The stone thatched cottages were carefully built within the existing landscape to create an idyllic village which attracts visitors taking the short stroll from the river at Ashton Mill which, pioneering for its time, provided hydro electricity to the village. His daughter, the entomologist Dame Miriam Rothschild continued his vision, pioneering wildlife gardening and developing wildflower meadows in the fields near by. Step back in time, visit the Chequered Skipper, the pub renamed by Miriam after her love of butterflies and as dusk settles on the green you can watch the bats roost under the cottage eaves.
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