The Nene Valley covers more than 41,000 hectares and is a haven for many different types of wildlife. With a variety of habitats including wildflower meadows, woodlands and wetlands, the Nene Valley is one of the most important inland areas for wildlife in England. Internationally renowned for its variety of over-wintering water birds including curlew, lapwing, widgeon and gadwall, the Nene Valley is also home to kingfishers, red kites, otters and grass snakes, so don’t forget to pack your binoculars!

The Nene Valley is the ideal place to rediscover your adventurous side. The variety of adrenalin-pumping activities includes canoeing, riding the waves in a white water session or even piloting your own glider. No visit to the Nene Valley would be complete without taking in some of the impressive attractions on offer. Be it inside or out, historic or modern, going it alone or as a group, here is a location which has it all. Our market towns such as Oundle echo old England but also entice with contemporary shops, farmers’ markets and restaurants at the very heart of rural life.

Come along to the Nene Valley Festival which runs from 16-24 September and celebrates the natural and historic assets of this beautiful landscape. Enjoy a diverse programme of events aimed at both residents and visitors to the region, inspiring more people to connect with the wildlife and heritage of the Nene Valley.