The salient features are two long, dark and unlit tunnels, (for which you need good lights on your bike), a considerable number of substantial seats, some excellent mosaic displays, and the Lamport and Northampton Heritage Railway, which runs alongside the path towards the Northampton end of the ride.
The path itself has, for the most part, wide grass verges and is tree lined, but the surface is mediocre, and does not lend itself to speedy progress.
We start from the railway station at Market Harborough,
(see right) following the well signed route which shortly passes both Aldi and Waitrose supermarkets, handy for taking on food and drink, as there are no such facilities until you get to Northampton. apart from the buffet at the heritage railway, which is open only on Sundays.
After a few miles we come to the first tunnel which has no lighting and you really need two good lights on your bike. One pointing directly ahead and one pointing downwards so that you can see the surface of the path beneath your front wheel. The surface is smooth but undulating and there are many muddy puddles.
View inside tunnel
And here the entrance to the Kelmarsh Tunnel which at 480m is the longer of the two, Oxendon Tunnel being 418m long.
As we pass beneath a road we find graffiti, which, though unsightly, is at least helpful.
And as we cross minor roads there are substantial barriers to prevent motor vehicles straying onto the path.
Coming towards Northampton. Not particularly scenic, and note that it is not possible to return directly to Market Harborough by train since the two towns are not on the same line. We have, of course just ridden over the original, and most direct route. There are buses, not much use unless you have a folding bike, or you can take a train via Rugby (!) which takes a couple of hours. So best to cycle back the way we came.