Put the spring back in your step around the Hamptons
The Hamptons is ideal for walking and cycling with a variety of routes to suit a gentle walk or bike ride with friends and family through to more demanding courses for those looking for a challenge.
There are nine routes offered across Hargate and Vale lakes, Robins Wood, and Crown Lakes Country Park. Walk4life provides details on these including almost 60 walks across Peterborough.
For a leisurely stroll, a lap of Crown Lakes Country Park is just over a mile, and whether it’s cold or warm the scenery and rich population of animals, birds, insects and plant life provide for a very pleasant walk.
If this isn’t quite enough to get your blood pumping the walk can be extended by following the Green Wheel from the east side of London Road. A route has been mapped with Travel Choice (download the PDF here).
To make this walk even more interesting there is now an audio tour available which gives a real feel for how Crown Lakes came to life.
Though Hampton Nature Reserve is out of bounds to the public (due to it being a Site of Special Scientific Interest) Froglife, which manages the reserve, undertakes Butterfly Walks between April and September.
This is an amazing opportunity to get out into the reserve and see the butterflies, day flying moths, and maybe some lizards, grass snakes or a great crested newt too! As part of the walk, supervised by Froglife wardens, you can help collect vital data for the National Butterfly monitoring scheme.
Every week on a Tuesday morning at 11am, the Hampton Vale walk takes place for those looking for some good company while having a relaxing walk. More information can be found on the Walking for Health website where there are details for other Peterborough walking groups too.
The Hamptons is lucky to be part of the Peterborough Green Wheel cycle network. These routes have been developed to provide safe routes for those wishing for either a rural or urban adventure. The latter is ideal for anyone who works in Peterborough and is lucky enough to cycle to work.
Crown Lakes Country Park is on national cycle network route 12 and the Peterborough cycling leisure route 5. The Crown Lakes Link is a circular route around Peterborough centre and takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete. This is also available as a PDF.
There are some great walking and cycling routes available in the Hamptons and the surrounding area and a key element of developing these routes was to ensure they provided you with safe routes. Whether walking or cycling, be mindful that the lakes are not supervised, so keep vigilant, especially of little ones.