Salcey Forest

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Salcey Forest holds many woodland species including the illusive lesser-spotted woodpecker

Salcey Forest

Salcey Forest is an oasis of nature and history only 7 miles from the centre of Northampton. Wildlife and history are in abundance at Salcey. So come and discover why elephants roamed the forest and where to find a roman road.
If you have a head for heights, ascend the all ability Tree Top Way and see Salcey from a completely different viewpoint, with fantastic views in store at the top.
There are extensive trails to help you explore the forest, with three walking trails, two of which are all-access paths. There is a 5 mile family cycle route and a 6 mile horse riding trail with its own car park for horse boxes.
Salcey Forest is between Milton Keynes and Northampton, and located immediately to the east of the small village of Hartwell.The Forest Cafe is open daily, 364 days a year. 8am till 7pm Sat to Thur and 8am till 9pm (BBQ night) Fridays throughout June, July and August. Homemade hot specials, main meals and a breakfast menu are available, as well as snacks and drinks.
Toilets and information centre
Start from the car park following the 'green woodpecker' signs 4 mile circular walk. Birds include all common tits and woodland birds with the scarcer lesser-spotted woodpecker (right) , green woodpecker (below) and in summer - Nightingale.

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Birds flock to the Nene Valley

News story 25/11/05
English Nature, the Government's nature conservation agency, has this week notified a series of lakes in the Nene Valley, Northamptonshire, as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in recognition of its outstanding value for wildlife.Read more by clicking here.........

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