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Address: Kelmarsh Road | Brampton Valley Way, Kelmarsh, England

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Take a good torch!

Walked the Brampton Valley Way from Market Harborough to Northampton. The route includes 2 tunnels, the first is at Great Oxenden, the second and shorter is at Kelmarsh. The... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Pete B
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Walked the Brampton Valley Way from Market Harborough to Northampton. The route includes 2 tunnels, the first is at Great Oxenden, the second and shorter is at Kelmarsh. The tunnels give added interest and are atmospheric especially if unaccompanied. A good torch is needed. Would be fun to do as a family and access is possible from the road without... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

This is the second time we have visited, we bought some other family members with us including a 5 and 9 year old. They brought their torches and loved walking in the dark tunnel, imagining what it would have been like on the steam train. It's well worth the mile walk from the free carpark to get there. Half way... More 

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Thank Tracey P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

We stayed at a campsite nearby to meet family, we all live miles apart & this is central for most! We have children ranging from 5 to 14 so wanted something different to keep everyone entertained. We parked in the free car park, I believe at the old station, and walked up to the tunnel, we encountered a few cyclists... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

I cycled through this tunnel the other day not realising how long it was and how dark. I stopped half way through having an anxiety attack because I don't like tunnels. It was muddy and pitch black, a normal bike lamp won't cut it. On reflection it wasn't one of my better decisions :(

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2 Thank Dinolola
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

I thoroughly enjoy my disused railway line walks and finally found time to walk a large part of the Brampton Valley Way......we walked about 7 miles of it.We spoke to a few passers by who informed us that this was one of the longest disused rail paths in the country....coming in at 14-15 miles.It begins in Market Harborough and ends... More 

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4 Thank shane s
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2015 via mobile

Almost definitely the best tunnel in Kelmarsh. Could be improved by being less leaky. Probably don't need a torch. But suggest bringing one anyway in case you change your mind halfway/ after five metres. One highlight is the giant air vents half way along that are supposedly difficult to miss (this author disagrees). Overall, worth running eighteen miles, just to... More 

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2 Thank Hayley M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2015

Thought it was lovely well preserved part of history and I wonder why the second tunnel next to it hasn't also been kept open? Can you get to the shaft from the top I wonder too?

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1 Thank OmelettePuddle
Kettering, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2015

Something different. Long tunnel which is very dark and lots of holes in the ground so a twisted ankle is possible. Take a torch! Lots of people walk through it, usually dog walkers.

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1 Thank Darren_Hibb
Northampton, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2014

I'd been out from Northampton cycling along the Brampton Way only as far as Spratton and friends told me about the tunnel being just a bit further along and so I made another trip to try it. I stopped at the entrance to switch on what I consider to be quite bright lights. There is a sign that warns you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2014

Make sure that you bring your torch, read up about the Bvw before you walk or cycle through. Fascinating to think about the lives of the local people who used this line until the 1960s

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