County paths

There are long distance routes running in and through Northamptonshire for walking and cycling. The paths vary in length and difficulty but all offer idyllic walking and cycling through some of our finest countryside:

The Jurassic Way is a long distance (88 miles), recreational walking route which travels the length of Northamptonshire and more.

The termini are Banbury in Oxfordshire and Stamford in Lincolnshire, two historic market towns separated by beautiful undulating countryside lying over rocks from the Jurassic Age (145 - 195 million years old).

​A beautiful walk from Brigstock, through Wadenhoe, incorporating the historic Lyveden New Bield.

​The Macmillan Ways are coast to coast paths created with a single objective in mind, supporting Macmillan Cancer Relief.

Visit the Macmillan Way website for more details.

​The Market Harborough Round is a circular walk of around 83 miles with the town of Market Harborough at its centre. The route passes through both Leicestershire and Northamptonshire and intersects with several other long distance paths some of which are also listed on this page.

​The Millennium Way Trail is a beautiful 100 mile walk in the heart of England offering something for every walker or rambler and taking in stunning countryside in Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

Ingeniously, the trail has also been divided into 44 circular walks, ranging from 3 to 10 miles in length, linking together the entire Millennium Way, allowing you to experience short sections of the route at time.

Visit the Millennium Way website to find full details of all the routes

​The 50 mile circular walking route taking in the pleasant countryside around Northampton was created by the local walking group the Ten Foot Club in 2003.

Visit The Ten Foot Club website for more details.

​The Richard III trail is a long distance (68 miles) recreational walking route, beginning in Fotheringhay in Northamptonshire and passing through the city of Leicester, before ending at the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre.

This historical route pays homage to King Richard III, starting at his birthplace and ending near to the place of his death, with Leicester representing his final resting place.

Full details, including a complete guide to the route, can be found on the choose how you move website.

The Uppingham Round is a circular walk of around 80 miles that crosses the south of Rutland. With Uppingham roughly at its centre it passes through the districts of Harborough (Leicestershire), Corby (Northamptonshire) and East Northamptonshire.

A guide book to this walk and details of other walks in Rutland can be found on the Discover Rutland website.