Autumn at Overhall Grove

Autumn at Overhall Grove Nature Reserve - Robert Enderby

Once the site of a medieval manor, now home to badgers and beetles

Location

Knapwell
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire

OS Map Reference

TL 337 631
A static map of Overhall Grove

Know before you go

Size
17 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Park in Knapwell and walk down the lane past the church on the north side of the village

Grazing animals

No

Walking trails

Bridge with steps on the way in. Narrow rough paths

Access

Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

Overhall Grove is the largest elm woodland in Cambridgeshire. The elms invaded after traditional management for woodland products declined in the early 1900s. They have been badly affected by Dutch elm disease, but many have regenerated from the base and the mixture of dead wood and new growth is excellent habitat for insects and birds. The wood also contains several large oak trees which are over 250 years old.

In spring, the wood is full of songbirds such as willow and garden warblers and song thrushes, and scattered in some areas are splendid rosettes of oxlip. The remains of a medieval manor surrounded by a moat can still be seen in the northern end of the wood, which is now home to a family of badgers. Their digging has unearthed shards of pottery, which date the manor back to the 11th to 15th centuries. 

Contact us

Contact number: 01954 713500

Environmental designation

Ancient Woodland
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)