Reed bunting

Reed bunting - Chris Gomersall/2020VISION

Wicksteed Park

A rare water meadow that abounds with wildlife

Location

Wicksteed Park
Barton Seagrave
Northamptonshire
Barton Seagrave

OS Map Reference

SP 884 771
A static map of Wicksteed Park

Know before you go

Size
14 hectares

Parking information

The reserve is just off Barton Road, opposite Wicksteed Park in Kettering Visit the reserve when at Wicksteed Park or park in the Ise Pavilion car park

Grazing animals

The reserve is grazed by cattle through the summer.

Walking trails

A permissive path runs along the River Ise linking the Ise Valley Park in the north to Wicksteed Park in the south and providing an enjoyable stroll along the valley. The reserve is just off Barton Road, opposite Wicksteed Park in Kettering. Visit the reserve when at Wicksteed Park or park in the Ise Pavilion car park and cross the bridge over the Ise, and walk along the riverside path to the reserve. Public access is along the riverside path only but a range of events and activities take place within the reserve each year.

Access

The site is split into two. The Water Meadow itself which is 7.6ha and the scheduled ancient monument at Castle Field which is 6.6ha

Dogs

No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open all year

Best time to visit

Throughout the year

About the reserve

The reserve is owned by the Wicksteed Trust and may be unique in Northamptonshire. Water meadows are grasslands which are flooded and drained at human will and have played an important role in agriculture for 300 years. This differs from flood meadows, which are flooded naturally when the river levels are high. In addition to the water meadow, Wicksteed Park Nature Reserve also includes the Castle Field on the south side of the Barton Road. A permissive path runs along the River Ise linking the Ise Valley Park in the north to Wicksteed Park in the south and providing an enjoyable stroll along the valley.   

Contact us

Contact number: 01604 405285