Nene Valley, Northamptonshire (UK)
Covering more than 41,000 hectares, the Nene Valley extends for around 35 miles between Northampton and Peterborough, incorporating the River Nene and bordering the ancient Rockingham Forest. It is a beautiful yet largely forgotten and under enjoyed part of the land-locked county of Northamptonshire, however offers a myriad of natural habitats for a whole range of animal and insect wildlife providing a naturally serene landscape as the perfect backdrop to a number of outdoor pursuits, from walking and cycling, to river-based activities such as canoeing, narrow-boating and fishing.
The Nene Valley is also home to the former Northampton to Peterborough railway line, which opened in 1845 and was originally intended for freight, transporting predominantly iron ore, aggregates and also livestock / cattle to local and London markets. A passenger service was soon also established and continued to operate for over one hundred years until the line was axed as part of the controversial Beeching Cuts. The line was closed completely in 1972.
CHANGING TRACKS will therefore commemorate 50th anniversary of the closure of the line to passengers.
Today there is very little visible evidence remaining of this former railway line, with signal boxes, level crossings, platforms, station houses and physical track remains now all largely removed. Glimpses of this lost heritage can still be found in parts of the Nene Valley however if sufficient effort is taken to look.
Further information on the former railway line can be found here: