Sewell lane

Sewell lane

Sewell Cutting

A tranquil, flower-rich reserve created by a long-gone railway


1/2 miles north west of

OS Map Reference

TL 005 226
A static map of Sewell Cutting

Know before you go

4 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

Park on roadside in French's Avenue

Grazing animals


Walking trails

Paths dry, firm and level, part of surfaced cycle route




On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to August

About the reserve

Once echoing to the rumble of steam trains, this now tranquil reserve has developed into a magical place for chalk grassland flowers. The steep banks of the cutting provide a contrasting sunny south-facing slope and a more sheltered north-facing bank. These opposites have a very different composition of flowers and grasses.

In summer the scorched south-facing slope is home to deep-rooted plants such as hawkweeds, scabious and knapweed while that facing north is lush with grasses. Blocks of scrub have developed, including guelder rose, whose white flowers have larger sterile blooms forming a ring around the smaller, inner fertile flowers. The list of butterflies found here is impressive with dingy skipper in spring, together with small, common and chalkhill blues. Marbled whites drift along the cutting all summer long.  

Sewell Cutting is owned by Central Bedfordshire Council.   

Contact us

Contact number: 01234 364213

Environmental designation

County Wildlife Site

Location map

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Betony at Upwood Meadows June  - c. Robert Enderby

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