You can take lakeside walks, visit The Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre, have fun in the family leisure areas and even hire a canoe out on the lake. Rushden Lakes, the surrounding towns and villages, and the Nene Valley has something for everybody to enjoy.


Visit the Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre on the Boardwalk to find out more about the beautiful Nene Wetlands, and the ample ways to spend time exploring the great outdoors.

They are open 09:00am to 17:00pm Monday to Saturday and 10:00am to 16:00pm Sunday until the end of the October half term, then 10:00am to 16:00pm daily. Give the team a call on 01933 779587 or please click here for more information.

There are cycle routes and walking trails which connect the shopping centre to the local towns, villages, and out in to the Nene Wetlands. For full details please download the map here.

Canoe2 have opened their new Boathouse here at Rushden Lakes. Visit their website to see how you can get out onto the water and explore the Nene waterways. Please click here for more information.

Local Towns

The towns of Rushden and Higham Ferrers are conveniently located in close proximity to Rushden Lakes; the towns are lively, friendly and offer a diverse range of small independent shops amidst attractive heritage settings.

Parking is free, we hope you will take the time to come and visit the local towns and discover more.

Further information can be found at www.rushdentowncouncil.gov.uk and


“The nature reserve is a key selling point for the new retail scheme”

The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

Covering more than 41,000 hectares, the Nene Valley boasts spectacular views, unique landscapes and is a haven for many different types of wildlife. Discover your adventurous side with our selection of outdoor pursuits or enjoy a quieter pace of life with a visit to our beautiful country houses, superb gardens and countless historic curiosities. Meander through our picturesque market towns with their thriving friendly markets selling local produce and abundance of high quality shops, pubs and restaurants set amid striking architecture.

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