Local area

The nearby towns of Wellingborough, Northampton and Kettering provide fast rail links to London and other cities, whilst the M1 motorway is only 10 miles away.

Wellingborough - 4 miles

Kettering - 9 miles

Northampton - 10 miles

Central Birmingham - 60 miles (direct trains from Northampton)

Central London - 75 miles (direct trains from Wellingborough or Northampton)

Sywell Country Park

A couple of miles from Mears Ashby, Sywell Country Park is a lovely setting around an old reservoir providing a home to many species of wildfowl, butterflies, flora and fauna. Maintained by donations and grants this is a classic example of providing a natural “green” leisure area. It is to some extent a hidden treasure with a bracing walk around the perimeter enough exercise to make Sunday lunch a veritable treat.

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There is no parking in Washbrook Lane, parking restrictions are now in force on the whole of Washbrook Lane and repeater signs and warning notices have been placed along the road to warn motorists. Parking on the road, verge or in passing places will now result in a fine administered by the County Council’s Parking enforcement officers. Please use the designated car park.

Did you know that you can buy an annual car park pass to visit this park for £38.00 or one to cover all five parks covered by this scheme for £51.50

Your pass will not be available for use on date of purchase. It will be posted to you second class, which will take a few days. The expiry date will be forward dated to take account of postage time.

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Pitsford Water

About 4 miles from Mears Ashby, reached via our close-neigbour villages of Sywell and Holcot, lies the large water expanse of Pitsford Water. This 700-acre reservoir services much of the water demands of Northamptonshire, but is also a wonderful family-orientated recreation centre for walkers, cyclists, bird-watchers and fishermen. At the western end of the water lies the main visitor centre and sailing club. Mountain bikes can be hired here for the 7-mile cycle on a well-maintained gravel track around the water.

Near the eastern end (before the causeway) is the fishing lodge where day-tickets or season-tickets can be purchased for the excellent trout fishing (fly-fishing only) from the banks or from hired boats. The reservoir is stocked weekly between spring and late-summer with rainbow trout. Also in early-autumn, pike-fishing is available from the boats. To the east of the causeway is a restricted-access bird sanctuary. Permits are available for visitors.

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Nene Valley Nature Improvement Area (NIA)

A new website has just been launched to promote the internationally important Nene Valley Nature Improvement Area (NIA) which covers over 41,000 hectares of the River Nene catchment in Northamptonshire – from its source near Daventry all the way to Peterborough.

The new website provides an interactive map allowing you to explore the Nene Valley through photos of the natural environment and animal life, as well as reading local people’s personal experiences and stories. The online survey allows you to identify areas of the valley that are particularly valued and to have your say as to why these areas are important to yourselves and the community. There is also the opportunity to read more about some of the important projects currently underway in the Nene Valley, right on your doorstep, and keep up to date on news and events throughout the catchment.


Rushden Lakes

Rushden Lakes is a new £140 million out of town leisure and shopping centre with phase one being opened on Friday 28th July 2017. This development is situated near to Waitrose just off the A45.

The complex currently boasts a range of high street shops, including M&S Foodhall, House of Fraser, Boots, Next, New Look, River Island and a drive-thru Costa coffee, plus a range of restaurants and eatery places.

The Cinema which is now complete houses 14 screens, including an IMAX. Within the same Complex there is also an indoor climbing area, adventure golf and an indoor trampolining park.

Rushden Lakes is surrounded by the Nene Wetlands nature reserve, which is a square mile of stunning lakes and meadows. There is a visitor centre, footpaths, cycle-ways and for those water lovers, you can hire a canoe and explore on the water. The wetlands is managed by The Wildlife Trust.

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