Away Days

Some ideas for exploring Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s countryside.

Please see the websites below for information on opening times, accessibility and restrictions.

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Railworld Wildlife Haven, Peterborough

A volunteer-run wildlife haven with ponds, waterfalls and varied wildlife habitats which has transformed the derelict Peterborough Power Station Coal storage yard. Within walking distance of Peterborough station and city centre.


Nene Valley Railway

Nene Valley Railway offers a wide range of events and experiences.


Houghton Mill, Huntingdon

Close to St Ives and Huntingdon, Houghton Mill is the last surviving mill on the River Great Ouse able to produce stone ground flour from a water-powered wheel. Guided tours available.


Wicken Fen Nature Reserve

The National Trust’s oldest nature reserve, Wicken Fen is one of Europe's most important wetlands, supporting an abundance of wildlife. There are more than 9000 species, including plants, birds and dragonflies.


Fens Falconry, Wisbech St Mary

Fens Falconry is an appointment only bird of prey centre delivering exciting experience days and vitally important education to promote ecology and conservation.


Peckover House and Garden, Wisbech

Peckover House is a classic Georgian merchant's town house with 2 acres of gardens including an orangery, summer-houses, croquet lawn and rose garden with a variety of species of rose.


Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey

https://www.dennyfarmlandmuseum.org.uk/

https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/denny-abbey-and-the-farmland-museum/

This independent museum, managed on behalf of English Heritage, tells the 850-year story of farming and life in the Cambridgeshire Fens, with hands-on and interactive exhibits, in addition to being the location of former Benedictine monastery Denny Abbey.


Holt Island Nature Reserve

Located in the centre of St Ives town, Holt Island is an oasis of tranquillity providing a variety of habitats which attract a wide range of birds, mammals, plants and insects.


Wimpole Estate | National Trust

A working estate still guided by the seasons, with an impressive mansion, parkland, gardens and Home Farm. From Iron-age roundhouses to a sophisticated, modern estate, this site has been lived on and farmed for over 2,000 years.


Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Cambridge University Botanic Garden holds a collection of over 8,000 plant species from all over the world to facilitate teaching and research. The Garden is also a place of plant and landscape diversity for everybody to enjoy.


Nene Park Trust

Nene Park is a large area of parkland to the west of Peterborough. It is made up of six different areas connected by the River Nene: Ferry Meadows, Orton Meadows, Orton Mere, Woodston Reach, Thorpe Meadows and The Rural Estate made up of parkland, meadows, woodlands and lakes.


Paxton Pits

Paxton Pits Nature Reserve is a rich mosaic of wildlife habitats, with beautiful lakes, riverside, meadow, reedbed, scrub and woodland. It is open for visitors all year round.


Hinchingbrooke Country Park

Hinchingbrooke Country Park in Huntingdon covers 150 acres of open grasslands, mature woodland and lakes. It has a mix of play areas, a cafe, hard-surfaced and muddy paths, secluded woodlands and wildflower meadows all within a short walk.


Wandlebury Country Park

On the Gog Magog Hills, just south of Cambridge, this countryside estate offers miles of wonderful walks through woodland and wildflower meadows grazed by Highland Cattle.


Milton Country Park

Milton Country Park is located just a few miles north of Cambridge. Created from old gravel pits the park offers a varied natural habitat with woodland, lakes, and attractive pathways suitable for bicycles and wheelchairs.


Lattersey Nature Reserve

Near Whittlesey, Lattersey nature reserve was formerly a quarry for brick clay and 'borrow' material used to build the local railway. The abandoned pits filled with water, providing a haven for the wildlife that was forced into the area as the surrounding fenland was drained and ploughed.


RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes

Fen Drayton Lakes began life as a flooded sand and gravel quarry next to riverside meadows. Now, a huge variety of wildlife is drawn to the area, including otters, dragonflies, ducks, swans and geese. There's something to see (and hear) all year round.


RSPB Fowlmere

Fowlmere Nature Reserve (SSSI, 41ha) is a well-loved wildlife oasis set within farmland. Its former water-cress beds are now reedbed, fen, chalk grassland and scrub, while the area also holds a small but fine example of a chalk stream, one of the UK’s rarest habitats.


The Word Garden

The Word Garden has created the new Scottish Soldiers History Trail in Welney Wetland Centre, in the heart of Fens. Try to visit the trail on the Summer Walk, set in a magical safe haven for wildlife and visitors before it closes for the winter months before reopening in the spring.


Adams Heritage Centre

Opened in 1893, the J.H. Adams & Sons ironmongers in Littleport is a time capsule ironmongers' shop, a heritage centre and community space offering exhibitions, workshops and events.


National CPRE resources:

https://www.cpre.org.uk/discover/summer-wildlife-to-look-out-for/

https://www.cpre.org.uk/discover/listening-for-dawn-chorus/