Great outdoors


There are many miles of well marked and easily accessible walking trails, cycling routes and bridleways. At one time, the area was covered in royal hunting forests, part of which survive today at three locations: Salcey and Hazelborough Forests and Bucknell Woods and additional information can be found on the Salcey Forest Map (2.3 mb pdf). For those with a head for heights, the tree-top walk at Salcey Forest, which rises to 15 metres and has a viewing platform at 18 metres, is a must! Visitors will also be interested in the excellent Forest Cafe too.

Horse Riding

Horse riding centres in South Northamptonshire can be found on

Parks and Gardens

Both Brackley and Towcester have extensive public open space and parkland for the enjoyment of residents and visitors like St. James Park in Brackley and the Watermeadows in Towcester

Also, many of the villages across the District have pocket parks and play areas for children. More information on what can be found at the different pocket parks and a location map of each of them can be found on the Northamptonshire County Council Pocket Parks page.

With something to see throughout the seasons, the 60-acre Evenley Wood Garden near Brackley, is famed for its snowdrops, magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas and the wonderful display of woodland colour in the winter. It also has a café, picnic area and welcomes dog walkers.

Open by appointment between April and October, Steane Park has 60 acres of landscaped parkland. The park is situated on the site of a disused medieval village just outside Brackley.

Many private gardens are open for public view through the National Gardens Scheme, see the Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire sections for gardens across the District.

Family Fun

The kids will love Rookery Open Farm at Stoke Bruerne where they can see a variety of animals, including pigmy goats, calves, pigs, ponies and lambs. There is a picnic area and tea room. Adults and children alike can meet a more unusual animal at Catanger Llamas, near Towcester. Although they can't be ridden, the llamas provide a great companion on a relaxing stroll through the woods, along farm tracks and country lanes.


Another way to experience the area's beautiful countryside is with a game of golf at one of the region's three excellent golf courses


Fishing is available at Boddington Reservoir and at the Upper Aynho Fishery