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Trumpington Meadows

A spacious expanse of flowering meadows, riverside, woodland, hedgerow and parkland.

Our newest nature reserve is a 58-hectare country park that sits alongside the River Cam and Byron's Pool Local Nature Reserve. Created for wildlife and for people, it is a place to discover and enjoy nature, explore diverse habitats and wander by the stream or through flower-filled meadows.

This is an important site for wildlife in Cambridge, even though the site has been settled for centuries. Over time, it has been home to a plant-breeding facility, a prisoner of war camp, coprolite ponds and arable fields. Now there are new housing developments beside the country park, but there is plenty of natural space for walking, cycling or picnicking. The area is replete with literary and historical links thanks to its connection to the river (where Lord Byron swam in the weir) and nearby Grantchester, home to poet Rupert Brooke and visited frequently by writers, poets and scientists. We also have a mobile app to help you explore the reserve - now available on iTunes and Google Play.

We are running events on a regular basis at the reserve. Check our events pages for more details. 




Photos by Martin Baker, Alice Hunter, Tracy Richardson.


Nearby nature reserves

Skaters' Meadow
2 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
3 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Cherry Hinton Chalk Pits
3 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

Grantchester Road Trumpington
Map reference
TL 439 545
Great for...
a family day out
historical interest
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Picnic facilities
58.00 hectares

There are wide, accessible pathways throughout the reserve.
Walking information
Wide, secure pathways. Riverside paths may be wet in winter.
The reserve is easily accessed by bike or via the Trumpington Park + Ride bus. Carpark at Trumpington Park + Ride.
Dogs under effective control
Reserve manager
Tel: 01954 713500