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Gamlingay Wood

Please note - This nature reserve is closed for safety reasons while the haulier for the felling contractor removes the stacks of timber. This involves movements of large vehicles in a confined space. We are hoping this operation will happen before Christmas, but if it does not we will reopen the nature reserve over the Christmas holiday (from Friday 19th December) at the pedestrian entrance on the south side near Gamlingay village. The vehicle entrance and parking area will remain closed for safety reasons.


A magical ancient woodland, perfect for a visit any time of year

This site has been woodland for at least a thousand years, and the character and diversity of wonderful wildlife here reflects it. No matter when you visit there are joys to discover from the rich perfume and icy hue of bluebells, to the russets and umbers of autumn leaves, hiding the varied colours of fungi. A stroll in summer along the flowered paths will cast up clouds of butterflies. As the dusk gathers bats hawk along rides taking advantage of the abundance of moths.

There is a work party at this site. If you are interested in getting involved please look at the work parties page for more information

This site is part of the West Cambridgeshire Hundreds Living Landscape Scheme.

Gamlingay Wood leaflet (pdf)


The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.

Nearby nature reserves

Gamlingay Cinques
1 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Waresley & Gransden Woods
1 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Gamlingay Meadow
2 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

Nature reserve map

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012. For indicative purposes does not show exact boundaries.

Reserve information

6 miles from Sandy
Map reference
TL 240 537
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Opening Times
Open at all times
70.00 hectares
Ancient Woodland
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Living Landscape schemes
West Cambridgeshire Hundreds
Walking information
Wide level main rides. Some minor paths are rough. All paths can be very muddy in winter.
On side of track near reserve
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Tel: 01954 713500


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