Northamptonshire is a landlocked ceremonial county in the East Midlands region of England the county town is Northampton. The county contains the watershed between the River Severn and The Wash while several important rivers have their sources in the north-west of the county, including the River Nene, which flows north-eastwards to The Wash.
Northamptonshire has always held strong links with the nobility and its heritage of beautiful stately homes and gardens remains strong today. Offering a great family day out, these architectural treasures, some with equally astounding gardens and parkland, have witnessed some remarkable moments in history.
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Get away from it all, unwind, relax and experience the traditional qualities of rural England in Northamptonshire, in the heart of the United Kingdom.
Northamptonshire is home to some of the most beautiful countryside in England. There are miles of walks, beautiful country parks, canals and substantial areas of ancient woodland just waiting to be explored. Miles of cycle path follow the landscape of the Brampton Valley Way. Rockingham Castle perches on its hilltop with views stretching to Rutland Water.
Stately homes and ancestral seats, including that of the Spencer family at Althorp, are all part of the local heritage. The network of canals that interweave the county are perfect for exploring, with cruisers able to stop to sample the hospitality of the old navigational inns along the way.