Five Arches Pit credit. David Price

Five Arches Pit

Open water, reedbeds and willows in a fenland habitat that was once a quarry


7.9 miles from Huntingdon
A static map of Five Arches Pit

Know before you go

4 hectares


Some gradients on path, rough in parts


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open all year round

Best time to visit

April to May

About the reserve

The water-filled pit was created when material was quarried in order to build the adjacent railway embankment and Five Arches bridge. The pit and the area surrounding it developed a rich variety of wetland features, from mature willows and dense scrub to reedbeds and open water. From the footpath there are views of the open water and reedbed through the branches of the willows. Along the stone surface of the path grow collared earth star fungus.

Many birds call this site home, including warblers and water rail. A long running recording scheme regularly records more than 30 breeding bird species. Occasionally, marsh harrier and grey heron have been known to breed in the reedbed and willows.

To maintain the wetland, we coppice and pollard areas of willow on rotation.

Contact us

Contact number: 01954 713500

Location map

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Betony at Upwood Meadows June  - c. Robert Enderby

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