Northampton Parks

We moved to Northampton. Change of place is a difficult process indeed. We have to adjust to a new home, new place, new school, and new surroundings.

When we were in Manchester, it was a peaceful and friendly place with friends to play for my daughter. But Northampton Town centre is a  bit crowded and hardly can we see the kids playing around.

My daughter was missing her playmates. As the new city has many parks in and around with playgrounds and pathways to stroll, I thought of exploring them. I and my little one would set out in the evenings with our sole assistance which was the GPRS to track the location and a water bottle to quench the thirst.

We have so far explored 7 parks as listed below:

1. Victoria Park

2. Millers Meadow

3. Beckets park

4. The Racecourse

5. Dallington Park

6. Abington Park

7. Delapre Abbey

Victoria Park:

Victoria Park is a public green space in St.James End, south of Spencer Bridge Road. The park has open grass areas and lines and belts of trees. A stream, a tributary of the River Nene flows from north to south through the park on the east side next to the railway line. A small stream, Dallington Brook, also flows through the park from the north-west joining the Nene tributary. The park has an area of about 6.5 hectares.

Well maintained by volunteers and the Northampton Borough Council which comprises of recreational/ sports ground and Kids playground. A lovely piece of green open space in the town.

Millers Meadow:

This park is very close to home. It is a small open area which has a playground, fishing pond, and a short stroll. We go here frequently whenever we long for fresh air.

Beckets Park:

To think that Becket’s park is right in Northampton town centre considering how quiet the park was is mildly surprising. It is a traditional park alongside the bank of the river Nene. It has the canal running through and you can watch the barges passing by.

The park has large open areas and a small play area for the little ones. The marina is next to the park and can be viewed after crossing a bridge.

 

The Racecourse:

The Racecourse is an open space park surrounded by the Mounts, Kingsley, and Semilong estates. Due to the historical links of the Racecourse to Northampton’s history, it remains one of the town’s famous landmarks. It comprises around 118 acres parkland and includes public footpaths, play areas and changing rooms.

Great place for walks. I love watching the autumn leaves falling on my morning walks. Grounds with several mainly rugby and football pitches, basketball court and open grounds for various annual festivals and events.

Dallington Park:

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GPRS took us on a shortcut to the Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Dallington. We had to search a way to the park from there which was a bit difficult. We saw a Dallington board and explored nearby. Saw Sports Clubs and a little way down there it was a eureka moment for us. As it is a bit far away from home and almost after half an hour of walking, we had only a little time to spend there.
GPRS was not cooperating with me that day. It took us again 40 minutes to walk back home.

Dallington park is a nice place to walk your dog or to take your kids to the swings and other things to play on.

Clean open space maintained by the Friends of Dallington Park. There is a walking route around the circumference of the park.

Abington Park:

Abington Park, in the Abingdon district of Northampton, has lakes, aviaries, and a museum, as well as trees and grassy open spaces.

The museum was originally a manor house built at the 16th century.  It was once home to William Shakespeare’s granddaughter, Elizabeth Bernard. Her second marriage was to Sir John Bernard,  who successively enlarged the house in the 1660s. It passed to the Thursby family in 1669 and was further enlarged and remodelled in the classical Georgian style between 1738 and 1743 by William Thursby. While owned by the Thursby, the actor David Garrick planted a mulberry tree in the grounds in 1778, in recognition of his friendship with Anne Thursby. 

You can see the grown mulberry tree near the mansion when you visit the Park.

The museum features the display about the social history of Northamptonshire (including a costume collection) and its military history. The Museum of Leathercraft is also based in the house.

The park is very large and it has playgrounds with swings, slides, climbing frames, etc. There’s also a large lake where you will find ducks and swans swimming around the lake, plus a smaller lake where you can enjoy rowing boats for a fee but there are two parts to the park separated by a busy road which can be dangerous for young kids and dogs.

The Abingdon bird aviary is a small area with lovebirds, parrots, peacocks, and canaries to name a few.

Had a fantastic time.

Delapre Abbey:

Did not visit the abbey but the grounds were brilliant. The walled garden was a place of tranquility. The lake was lovely and fab. We could see the lovely sunset and could admire reflections of nature and moon. Had a fantastic nature walk reminds me of the ancestral home in my native place where I used to go for my vacations. There were several paths to wander and one could get lost. Hence we didn’t try it.

On the edge of town and adjacent to a housing estate it is a real treasure. The stonework and restoration is world class, but it will be boring for children as there is no play area.

This ends the reviews of the parks we visited in Northampton.  I will be back with many more interesting reviews. I thank my little one who was my companion throughout the journey of exploration.

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