This former Northampton to Market Harborough Railway is now a car free ‘linear’ park surrounded by beautiful scenery and rich in natural and historical heritage. It provides a 14 mile long walking, cycling and in parts horse riding route. The stone surfaced path follows the old railway track bed and is suitable for both hybrid style and mountain bikes.
The Northampton and Lamport Railway Society also operate train rides along a short section of line at the former Pitsford and Brampton station.
The Brampton Valley Way can be accessed on mountain bike from Brixworth Country Park via the Merry Tom Bridleway.
A series of ceramic waymarkers have been created along the Brampton Valley Way. You can see how the project is progressing on Back to Books website.
When is it open and is there any cost?
- Every country park is open all day, every day
- Free admission
- Access points and car parks located on roads between:
- Boughton & Church Brampton (Boughton Crossing)
- Pitsford and Spratton
- Brixworth and Spratton
- Maidwell and Draughton
- Arthingworth and Kelmarsh
- Car parking is also permitted in the car park of the Bell Inn, Northampton Road, Market Harborough
- Further facilities at Brixworth Country Park including cafe, car park and toilets
Map and directions
- By car - The Brampton Valley Way can be easily reached from the A508 (Northampton to Market Harborough road). There are a number of access points and car parks (marked on the map) along the route.
- By bus - A regular bus service operates between Market Harborough and Northampton with stopping points along the A508.
- By cycle - The Brampton Valley Way is part of Sustrans National Cycle Network Route 6. Bridleway link from Brixworth Country Park along Merry Tom Lane (cycling is permitted along all bridleways).
There are picnic sites at the Brixworth, Maidwell and Kelmarsh car parks.