Nene Way: My Autumn/Winter Challenge!

Nene Way: My Autumn/Winter Challenge!

For a while now I’ve wanted to take on a long distance path. I have often dreamt of tackling an iconic walk, such as the Pennine Way or (after our holiday this Summer) the entire South West Coastal path. However, even though I am not at work at the moment, I have been unable to get as much done this year as I anticipated. (Who would’ve thought that looking after a baby would take up so much time and energy?!) With my return to the daily grind in January looming over me I decided that I need to make the most of it and spend as much time outside as I possibly can. So…I’ve set myself a challenge!
From now until the end of the year (and maybe beyond!) I’m going to work my way along the Nene Way. This route loosely follows the path of the River Nene and covers 110 miles from Badby, in Northamptonshire, passing through Northampton, Oundle, Peterborough and Wisbech before ending at Sutton Bridge in Lincolnshire. I plan to at least complete the Northamptonshire segment over the next few months. As my free time is limited, and I’ll have to take Baby along with me, I will tackle it in short sections.


The view from Badby, taken on a previous walk in the area. The pretty village is where the Nene Way begins

I chose this path for many reasons. Firstly, due to time/logistical constraints, it is local so I can get lots done without driving all over the place. Secondly, the Nene Way passes through the village where I spent the first 23 years of my life. It’s an area I know well, where I went to school, where I played out by the river, where my friends and family lived (or still live). I hope that I can find out a bit more about the villages I pass through, and learn something new about them. Also, it passes through my present home town of Northampton, which is a stretch that I’m looking forward to.


The River Nene at Wadenhoe, picture taken on a previous walk. I’m looking forward to exploring more of the eastern side of the county

I’m looking forward to starting this week. I’ll keep everyone updated and hopefully remember to take lots of great photos!

Have you ever completed a long distance walk? Have you set yourself any challenges this year?



  • afamilydayout afamilydayout September 22, at 18:20

    That sounds like a good challenge to aim for. I too have plans to walk the Pennine Way, South West coastal path etc but they never materialise! I live close to the Ridgeway and have walked about 80% of it so perhaps I should just get in and finish the bits I haven’t done.

    • TheHelpfulHiker TheHelpfulHiker September 22, at 18:29

      I know what you mean! I’m hoping that now I’ve told people that will motivate me. I’d love to do more, one day I’ll get there – probably when I’m retired!


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