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Trumpington Meadows

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

This expansive nature reserve and country park sits alongside the River Cam and Byron’s Pool Local Nature Reserve, straddling both sides of the M11. Created for wildlife and for people, it is a place to discover and enjoy nature, explore diverse habitats and wander by the river and through flower-filled meadows. There is a Wildlife Trust office and garden, allotments, and a range of interpretation features and handcarved nature sculptures throughout the site.

Trumpington Meadows has been occupied for centuries. It has been home to Roman and Saxon settlements, a famous plant-breeding facility, a prisoner-of-war camp, coprolite pits and arable fields. There is plenty of natural space for walking, cycling and wildlife-watching. The flowering meadows are truly spectacular in summer, shimmering with wildflowers such as knapweed, field scabious, bird’s foot trefoil, ox-eye daisy and salad burnet. Butterflies float over the meadow flowers, while dragonflies and damselflies dip and dance along the river. The riverside offers beautiful spots to walk and look out for otters and kingfishers. 

The area is replete with culture and history due to its connection to the river (where Lord Byron once swam) and nearby Grantchester, home to poet Rupert Brooke and frequented by writers, intellectuals and scientists. 

The grasslands are managed through grazing and haycutting to benefit wildlife. Hedges and scrub are kept in good condition through regular management and trees such as willow are pollarded on a rotational cycle. New gravel shoals have raised the river bed to narrow the channel and increase the flow, encouraging brown trout and other fish to thrive.

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. 

Watch Senior Ranger Becky Green explain the new system of zones for dog walkers at Trumpington Meadows

Please note: Due to ongoing construction works two of the entrances from the Trumpington Meadows Housing development are currently blocked. Please use the entrance from Byron's Pool, or near the Wildlife Trust office.

 

Trumpington Map with Dog Areas

 

 

Nearby nature reserves

Skaters' Meadow
2 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Beechwoods
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

Location
Grantchester Road Trumpington
Cambridge
CB2 9LH
CB2 9LH
Map reference
TL 439 545
Great for...
a family day out
birdwatching
butterflies
historical interest
wildflowers
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Facilities
Picnic facilities
Size
58.00 hectares
Access
Yes

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

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