7½ Km = 4½ miles = 2 hours walking (or return by bus after 3 Km) - also for cycles or mobility scooters etc.
A Route for All Abilities
This walk uses Wellingborough's network of Cycle Pathways, linked by short stretches along roadside pavements. It is therefore suitable not only for walkers but also for cyclists and for those with limited mobility who use scooters or wheelchairs. There are many seats and benches in the parks for those who need to rest along the way and the route can be ended at the half-way point in Shelly Road by taking the low-floor W1 bus service which runs every twenty minutes to the Town Centre.
Croyland Gardens and the Lost Zoo (½ Km)
The walk (see it in detail (PDF)) begins outside the ancient Tithe Barn at the other end of Burystead Place from the Hind Hotel. It passes the front of Croyland Hall and one of the Park Heritage Interpretation Boards. There are many of these to add interest and information to this journey but not all are in good condition.
Croyland Park (1½ Km)
Further up Swanspool Brook, the path crosses Monks Way into Croyland Park. Visitors from out of town may be surprised that passing strangers acknowledge and greet them.
Approching Croyland Road, the spire of Wilby church rises above the trees ahead while the spire of Wellingborough church can be seen in the distance behind.
Shortly after crossing under Kingsway the route passes the Swanspool Lake, where fishing rights are owned by Wellingborough & District Nene Angling Club.
Northampton Road and Stanwell Way (1½ km)
Turning right after the lake, the path leads to Northampton Road, emerging at a large pumping station. Anglian Water use this to interconnect supplies from Pitsford Reservoir, Gafham Water and the River Ouse, and can pump more than 100 million litres a day.
Drinks and snacks are available at Sainsbury's Petrol Station shop. A little further up Northampton Road the pathway heads north through parkland behind Stanwell Way.
Poets' Corner (1 Km)
The westernmost part of Wellingborough is known to some as "Poets' Corner" because of the road naming scheme. Our route leaves the parks at the corner of Wordsworth Road where we turn left along Shelly Road.
Opt-out: a hundred metres further along Shelly Road is a bus stop. Running every 20 minutes, the low-floor W1 service returns to the town centre.
Queensway (1 Km)
After 800 metres walking along Shelly Road, the enormous Queensway Park opens out to the right. The path passes under Queensway at a point where road names like Brickhill Road and Kilnway give clues to the history of the area. The path turns north again to reach Hardwick Road.
Hardwick Road (1 Km)
As we head back into town, the pavement soon passes behind a hedge alongside Hardwick Road. A little further on we turn across a small green at the end of Ryburn Way to join Brickhill Road.
Bassetts Close (1 Km)
At the end of Brickhill Road is the gated entrance to Bassetts Close which traditionally hosts a Fun Fair in the spring. From the lower end of this park it is a short way back to the start of this circular walk at the Tithe Barn.