Active Parks

Our Active Park project is working in partnership with Northamptonshire Public Health and Northamptonshire Sport to help more of the county’s residents to take part in activities to improve their physical and mental health.

The parks are places where large numbers of people can enjoy healthy outdoor activities, escape from stress and learn new things. We have put together a range of programs for young people, families and adults that includes Nature Tots, health walks, Natural Minds and volunteering using the natural environment.

People already use our Country Parks in a wide variety of ways including for physical activity, games, children’s adventure play, bird watching, fishing, picnics and photography or simply being out in beautiful countryside where their children can run free and explore nature. You can do as much or as little as you can manage with plenty of benches to rest on until you’re ready to carry on.

Walk the Parks Challenge 2021 - update

Following the Prime Ministers announcement on the 4 January 2021 we are adjusting how the challenge will run. While taking part in daily exercise is allowed we are all being asked to stay local to our homes to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus. To help with the stay at home message we will start the 6 weeks of the challenge once the restrictions have been relaxed enough to enable us to travel more.

If you have started any of the walks you are welcome to still include these and of course if you are local to any of the parks and want to make a start that is also ok. Just keep a record of it and send it over when you have completed all of the walks.

If you do decide to visit one of our parks during this lockdown, please ensure you follow the current government guidelines.  

We apologise for any disappointment this may cause, please email educationrangers@northamptonshire.gov.uk if you would like to contact us.

Walk in the Park Challenge 2021 

Northamptonshire Country Parks are challenging you to take one walk in each of our six parks between Monday 4 January 2021 and Sunday 14 February 2021. We are not even going to tell you how long that walk has to be or how long it should take as we know that going for a walk means different things for each of us.

This is the ideal virtual event for those looking to get more active in 2021. So whether you are living with a long term health condition, recovering from an injury, a regular walker or just want to have an excuse to visit our parks this is the challenge for you.

Put simply, it is our parks but your walk at your pace at a time that suits you.

Cost: £7.50 per person (normal parking charges apply) 

Everyone who registers, completes the 6 walks and emails evidence (selfie in each park, screen shot of an activity tracker etc.) to us by 14 March 2021 will receive an eco-friendly medal and will be put in a draw for an annual car park pass.

Register for the challenge 

For more information email educationranger@northamptonshire.gov.uk  

Each of the parks has a range of different length way marked trails to help you find your way or feel free to explore off the footpaths. Have a look at our events page to see what is coming up for you to join in with.

Active Parks January to March events:

View Country Park events

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Bespoke activities

If you work with people with long term health conditions or another group of people who would benefit from getting out and about in our parks please get in touch. As well as our public activity sessions we are able to work with you to provide bespoke activities in the parks that would meet the needs of your groups.

Working with you we can modify one of our established sessions, create something completely new or even just be a new place to host one of your normal group sessions. Please email us to discuss how we can help:

countryparks@northamptonshire.gov.uk

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