Page last updated 03 January 2014

Ringstead (Kinewell Lake) Pocket Park 

How to find the park

The main access point is from the car park on Addington Road. Pedestrians can also access the park at Willy Watt's Mill.

History of the park

Ringstead is the largest Pocket Park in Northamptonshire, containing the picturesque Kinewell Lane, which has Local Nature Reserve status.

The lake was created after gravel extraction ceased in 1979. Restoration was carried out by Amey Roadstone Corporation (now Hanson Aggregates) and later taken over and managed by Kinewell Lake Trust.

Prior to gravel extraction, this area was part of the Nene Valley, characterised by flood meadows. 

How volunteers manage the park

The lake occupies approximately 70% of the Pocket Park and is the result of gravel extraction. There is a pleasant one and a half mile walk around the lake, with picnic benches, a bird hide and a large car park. The lake is fished but permits are only available to local residents.

The main aim is to enhance the wildlife value of Kinewell Lake and to provide access for visitors. A Nature Club has been set up for local children.

The site has been managed to encourage otters, wintering and breeding birds, as well as enhancing the grassland and woodland areas. Unfortunately the site has a large amount of Himalayan balsam a very invasive non native species, this needs carful management to be eradicated.

Flora and fauna

  • Waterfowl, especially Shoveler and Great Crested Grebe (of County importance)
  • Herons feed from nearby heronries
  • Kingfisher
  • Otters
  • Long-horned Beetles

Contact details

  • For more information contact Kathryn du Boulay on 01933 461432.


  • Access for all in most areas, including wheelchairs.

Rights of way

  • Nene Way (NR4). 

Park facts

Established 1985
Size 87 acres/35 hectares
District/Borough East Northamptonshire
Grid Reference Landranger Series No. 142 SP982750 (Car park/Main access)
Owned By Ringstead Parish Council are leaseholders
Managed By Kinewell Lake Trust
Partners Northamptonshire County Council, East Northamptonshire Council, Ringstead Parish Council, Countryside Agency

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