Know before you go
Parking informationReserve car park on Cinques Road
Mostly dry, level, sandy site that slopes to the wet area.
This nature reserve can be reached by those taking the BikeBus Explorer from Cambridge. This low-cost public bus service operates on Sundays and Bank Holidays to transport walkers and cyclists to the countryside. Note that cycling is not allowed in the nature reserve itself.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitSummer
About the reserve
Once part of Gamlingay Great Heath, Cinques Common is on dry sandy soil, which is unusual in Cambridgeshire. A popular spot for local walkers, this small reserve is under restoration as we reclaim grassland from the scrubby oak trees. The reserve is dotted with harebells and filled with the scent of gorse bloom in the spring.
Slender St. John's wort, once common on the former Great Heath, still survives here. Work is well underway to restore the important acid grassland and to prevent the continual encroachment of scrub and woodland. This site occasionally benefits from grazing by rare breed sheep.