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Wicksteed Park

Wicksteed Water Meadows became a Nature Reserve in 2011. The reserve is owned by the Wicksteed Trust and may be unique in Northamptonshire. Water meadows are grasslands which are flooded and drained at human will and have played an important role in agriculture for 300 years.

The reserve is owned by the Wicksteed Trust and may be unique in Northamptonshire.
Water meadows are grasslands which are flooded and drained at human will and have played an important role in agriculture for 300 years. This differs from flood meadows, which are flooded naturally when the river levels are high.
In addition to the water meadow, Wicksteed Park Nature Reserve also includes the Castle Field on the south side of the Barton Road. A permissive path runs along the River Ise linking the Ise Valley Park in the north to Wicksteed Park in the south and providing an enjoyable stroll along the valley.
 

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

Nearby nature reserves

Southfield Farm Marsh
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Twywell Hills and Dales
4 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
Wicksteed Park
Barton Seagrave
Northamptonshire
Map reference
SP 884 771
Great for...
a family day out
getting away from it all
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Size
14.20 hectares
Access
Yes

The site is split into two. The Water Meadow itself which is 7.6ha and the scheduled ancient monument at Castle Field which is 6.6ha
Walking information
A permissive path runs along the River Ise linking the Ise Valley Park in the north to Wicksteed Park in the south and providing an enjoyable stroll along the valley. The reserve is just off Barton Road, opposite Wicksteed Park in Kettering. Visit the reserve when at Wicksteed Park or park in the Ise Pavilion car park and cross the bridge over the Ise, and walk along the riverside path to the reserve. Public access is along the riverside path only but a range of events and activities take place within the reserve each year.
Parking
The reserve is just off Barton Road, opposite Wicksteed Park in Kettering Visit the reserve when at Wicksteed Park or park in the Ise Pavilion car park
Dogs
No dogs allowed
Grazing animals
The reserve is grazed by cattle through the summer.
Reserve manager
Tel: 01604 405285
northamptonshire@wildlifebcn.org