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A compact hub in quintessential England

Georgian limestone buildings make up the pretty streets of Oundle, one of the many draws of this historic market town in the heart of Northamptonshire. The Nearby River Nene runs from Peterborough to Northampton. Here you can spot one of the many canal boats and observe local wildlife at play as you take a stroll down its banks. An independent butcher, baker and post office add to a selection of artisanal bookshops, clothes stores and bric-a-brac sellers. A sprinkling of tearooms, pubs and restaurants finish off this small town with a big personality.

At one with nature at Barnwell Country Park

Lakes, wetlands and trails span 37 acres to make up the Barnwell Country Park�on the edge of Oundle. A children's play area and picnic spot make the park a real winner with families, especially those with small children who flock to feed the ducks on Mill Lake. The lakes are full of fish and offer everything from a day permit to a 12-month season ticket. This means everyone from novice fishers to expert anglers can enjoy a day on the lakes, catching anything from a small roach to a 30lb mirror carp.

Fotheringhay Castle - steeped in history

Just three and a half miles away is the impressive Fotheringhay Castle - a site of huge historical significance as, not only the birthplace of Richard I, but also the site where Elizabeth I was imprisoned and Mary Queen of Scots was executed. Planning a trip to Oundle? The Travelodge Kettering Thrapston Hotel and the Travelodge Peterborough Alwalton Hotel are both less than 10 miles away.