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 Walking in the forest

Permissive path near Kings Cliffe

Walking in the forest

This page is work in progress. We are gradually bringing together information about all aspects of walking in Rockingham Forest.

Walking without wellies

North Northants Greenway

This is an ambitious 20-year plan to create a network of routes for walking, wheeling and cycling, linking key locations across North Northamptonshire


Suggestions of where you can walk in the forest even when the ground is waterlogged. Hard tracks where you can enjoy the forest without the need to wear wellies.

Wellbeing Walks

In a new initiative, regular weekly wellbeing walks are being run in North Northamptonshire, with several of them taking place in the Rockingham Forest area. Locations include Oundle, Corby and Kings Cliffe.  They range from a 45-minute stroll to walks over 90 minutes in duration, and you have the chance to enjoy beautiful countryside, iconic landmarks  and good company. 

Read more about the walks in this blog article by Kayleigh van der Vyver or on the council's website 


Rights of Way in the forest

Improving accessibility


This link will take you to North Northamptonshire Council's interactive map showing all Public Footpaths and Rights of Way in the area. 

Choose the Bridleways and Footpaths categories from the Layer List and zoom in to find this sort of map.

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Map showing the very limited Rights of Way in the privately owned  Southwick Woods managed by Forestry England.

A favourite walk in the forest is the circular route linking King's Cliffe, Blatherwycke and Stamford. 


We are supporting Robert Meadows, Footpath Warden for King's Cliffe Parish Council, who would like to see eight of the stiles on part of this route replaced with kissing gates.

Guided Walks

In 2022 - 23 we organised a series of  guided walks in Rockingham Forest, concentrating on some of the lesser-known areas. The walks are continuing in 2024 -  click the box to find details

Long-distance paths

Northamptonshire Highways have produced leaflets which map out some suggested walking routes some of which direct you through the beautiful Rockingham Forest countryside.

Short walks with maps

Download maps and directions for 12 short walks in the area. Compiled in 1989 with hand-drawn maps 

Northamptonshire Walks

Covering the whole of the county, this website describes at least 19 walks in the Rockingham Forest Vision area.  There are descriptions and photos of each of the walks.
This is supported by Facebook and Twitter groups  and there are also many highly popular group walks.

Lost paths in the forest

The Ramblers have been seeking active volunteer help for their Don't Lose Your Way campaign:

"By signing up as a research volunteer, you can help us save  lost rights of way. As a Don’t Lose Your Way researcher, you’ll work as part of a team to research evidence for the existence of lost paths and apply to get them legally recognised. Once recorded, the right to access them is protected, so current and future generations can access the places we all love to walk, forever."

Worth a look on the Ramblers website...

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