Path gradients and surfaces

Orton Mere and Woodston Reach are natural landscapes and paths are made up of various surfaces which may be uneven in places.

The main pathways at Orton Mere are tarmac and relatively flat. Mown grass routes are created around Orton Mere pond. The nearby Thorpe Meadows can be accessed by crossing the Nene Valley Railway and the footbridge over the lock. Please note there is a short ramp with self closing gates to access the railway crossing and a steep section on the path into Thorpe Meadows after the lock on the north side of the River.

The paths at Woodston Reach are mostly tarmac but also include firm but muddy sections, a couple of narrow footbridges and significant gradients on the routes between Woodston Reach and Orton Mere and the neighbouring housing estate.

The path network are shared routes for pedestrians and cyclists, and in some circumstances horse riders.

A map of Orton Mere and Woodston Reach is at the main Orton Mere car park or do contact us to discuss your visit.


There is one bench at Orton Mere overlooking Osier Lake near to the vehicle entrance. The bench is sited in a grass area away from the tarmac path.


A map of Orton Mere and Woodston Reach is at the main Orton Mere car park.

Ranger assistance

Whilst Orton Mere and Woodston Reach are patrolled periodically by Nene Park Trust staff and volunteers, there is not a regular staff presence in this area. However, if you require assistance while exploring these areas our Rangers are contactable via 07860 308081 from 08:00 – 18:30 March – September and 08:00 – 16:00 October – February. Please note our Ranger team is not available on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.