Northampton is one of the greenest towns in the country with more hectares of parkland and green space than most places of a similar size.

The sparkling emerald in the crown is Abington Park, which was awarded the prestigious Green Flag in 2014 and is a firm family favourite for its ornamental gardens, tree-lined pathways, lakes, historic follies, play area and aviary.

It also has its own museum housed in Abington Manor – admission is free and visitors can follow the Northamptonshire Regiment and Northamptonshire Yeomanry round the world, and through two world wars.

The park contains the ruins of the former village of Abington and bands play at the bandstand every Sunday afternoon during the summer months.

The largest green space is the old Racecourse, popular with sports teams, sunbathers and young families for many years.

Horse racing around the area came to a halt a long time ago but the area’s tavern, named the White Elephant as that is what it was presumed it would be once the racing stopped, still remains.

So too one of the town’s old tram stops, the other can be found in Kingsthorpe in the proximity of the tiny oasis that is Thornton Park.

The town centre’s main park is Becket’s Park which is being rejuvenated by a number of developments close by.

Northampton’s new Waterside university campus is on its doorstep, so too the restored Delapré Abbey and the park’s own marina.

The marina forms part of the riverside walk which stretches from Carlsberg Brewery in the west to Barnes Meadow nature reserve in the east, along the River Nene and one of the arms of the Grand Union Canal.

In the north of the town, between Kingsthorpe and Parklands, is beautiful Bradlaugh Fields – a veritable haven for dog walkers.