Bradlaugh Fields credit. Nathalie Hueber

Bradlaugh Fields

A flower-rich limestone grassland reserve in the middle of Northampton

Location

Aintree Road
Northampton
Northamptonshire
Northampton

OS Map Reference

SP 765 639
A static map of Bradlaugh Fields

Know before you go

Size
18 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

Some paths of tarmac but mainly grass. Some areas steep, wet and uneven

Access

Unsuitable for wheelchairs 

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

May to September

About the reserve

These three meadow areas, close to Northampton town centre, are part of the larger Bradlaugh Fields Park complex. The reserve contains fine examples of unimproved, semi-natural limestone grassland and fragments of ancient hedgerow. Plants typical of calcareous grassland are found here, including yellow-rattle, knapweeds, lady's bedstraw, red bartsia and bird's-foot trefoil. If you are lucky and visit at dawn or dusk foxes and badgers are commonly spotted around the Bradlaugh Fields complex. 

Contact us

Contact number: 01604 405285

Environmental designation

Local Nature Reserve (LNR)