Wandlebury Country Park

Located just a few miles south of Cambridge, Wandlebury is the city’s original country park. This tranquil open space offers more than eight miles of wonderful walks through mature woods, meadows and chalk grassland areas. There is always something to do at Wandlebury. Stroll round the park at a leisurely pace, taking in the circular historic Iron Age Hillfort – a Scheduled Ancient Monument steeped in myth and legend.

Pop along for a picnic and wonder at the beauty of the place with its diverse flora and fauna and its noble highland cattle. Take part in events and activities aimed at people of all ages – the park is home to CambridgePPF’s award winning education programme. Visit Wandlebury and you’ll understand why the site was given a prestigious Green Flag Award – recognising it as one of the best green spaces to visit in the country.

Visitor information
7 days, dawn to dusk
Car parkToiletsBBQs permitted in designated areasPicnic siteDogs on leads welcomeDisabled access through most of siteWalksViewpointsVisitor centreInformation point

 

Opening hours and getting here

Open: Dawn to dusk every day of the year Location: 2.5 miles south of the Addenbrooke’s Hospital roundabout on A1307 between Cambridge and Haverhill. Just over the brow of the Gog Magog Hills, you’ll see a brown country park sign. The entrance is located just after on the left. Admission: Entry to the park is free of charge although you do have to pay for parking if you come by car. Certain events carry a small charge per person. Members receive discounts on many of our activities. Parking: There is plenty of room for parking at Wandlebury, which is free for members and costs £3 per car for non-members. Parking costs £3 per vehicle – money that helps fund the upkeep of the park. Members of CambridgePPF are entitled to free parking all year round. For visitors with reduced mobility, there is disabled parking within The Ring – just follow the signs from the main car park up the tarmac drive to the Stable Block. Other modes of transport: Visitors to Wandlebury are encouraged to use sustainable modes of transport. You can easily reach Wandlebury by bus, on foot, or by bike. On foot use the path over the hill. By bike take the same route and leave your bike at our special racks. By bus, take the Stagecoach Citiplus X13 and X13a service between Cambridge and Haverhill. If you are travelling by car or motorbike, there is a visitor car park at the main entrance to Wandlebury. Park rules: Download a copy of our park rules and our new dog guidance which help to keep this special green space a happy safe place for visitors and wildlife.

What's on

Every Thursday – all year round join Healthy Walking at Wandlebury

Meet at the Stable Rooms at 10am for the longer walk and 10.30am for a shorter walk. You don’t need to pre-book but please arrive 10 minutes early if it is your first time. Tea, coffee and a chat after the walk and occasional BBQs are part of this event. Walks are led by our volunteer leaders, there is always one at the rear of the walk to make certain no one gets left behind! We are grateful to South Cambs DC for their support for this activity.

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Wandlebury Country Park is the perfect place for learning about history and the great outdoors. Every year, hundreds of adult learners and school children visit Wandlebury to take part in nature activities aligned with the national curriculum and specific learning goals.  

Find out more about the education events we offer – which can be tailor-made to the needs of specific groups including schools, groups, individuals / families and companies.

Screen shot 2014-03-27 at 11.27.18 Are you looking for a venue to hire in Cambridge and the surrounding area for a special occasion? Why not consider booking one of our buildings at Wandlebury. The park offers the perfect setting for a range of events from birthday parties and BBQs to art exhibitions and meetings. We have two spaces available to hire:

  • Stable Rooms and paddock: When it’s not full of school children or groups this can be booked for private functions and special events. It’s the perfect place for birthday parties, family gatherings, weddings and meetings
  • Tadlow Granary: This atmospheric timber framed 15th century building is ideal for small art and sculpture exhibitions.

Find out about event ideas or email the team. And don’t forget, if you become a member of CambridgePPF you’ll be entitled to cheaper ticket prices, venue hire and even free entry to some of our properties on special open days.

History of Wandlebury

We acquired Wandlebury in 1954 when the Gog Magog Hills were at risk of development. Our ownership arose thanks to the generosity of Mr. Terence Gray – who gave us the grounds and historic buildings within the Ring – and everyone who contributed to the ‘Save the Gogs’ Fund. Wandlebury is a fascinating place with a history that dates back to the fifth century and includes an Iron Age Hill Fort. Look at our Wandlebury timeline and read about myths and legends associated with the site. In the 18th century Wandlebury was used to breed racehorses including the famous Godolphin Arabian, one of the three Arabian stallions who were brought to this country in the early eighteenth Century and founded the bloodlines of modern Thoroughbreds.

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Books about Wandlebury If you’d like to more about the history of Wandlebury, why not read one of the many publications that reference the site. Copies can be obtained by calling into the office at Wandlebury or by contacting the team via the website.

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Once around Wandlebury by Wendy Clark

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The Godolphin Arabian by Wendy Clark

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The Lost Gardens of Wandlebury by Twigs Way

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Route & Branch by Bill Clark

This fascinating book is the memoirs of Bill Clark, Head Warden at Wandlebury for more than 25 years. It begins with Bill’s pre-war childhood in Bedfordshire and documents his time working for the charity and caring for Cambridge’s first country park. The book is available by post for £15 or in person at the office for £12. For every book sold CambridgePPF receives £3 to help fund its work at Wandlebury.

What to look out for at Wandlebury

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One of the great things about Wandlebury is that it changes every day of the year. As the seasons shift you can spot:

  • Snowdrops and aconites heralding the start of spring (mid January to February)
  • Brilliant yellow daffodils (March)
  • Cowslips, wood violets and apple blossom (April and early May)
  • Colourful chalk grassland flowers and butterflies (June and July)
  • An explosion of autumn colour (September to November)
  • Beautiful haw frosts and icicles (December).

 

  • Banyard Hide: If you are a keen bird watcher we recommend a visit to the hide where you can spot green woodpeckers, jackdaws and kestrels in around the pasture; robins, wrens and black birds in the coppice shelter belt; and jays and pheasants in the field. Located on the northern edge of Varley’s Field, just off the main perimetre path. CambridgePPF is grateful to everyone who supported the creation of the hide.  Visit our dedicated conservation page for more information about wildlife at Wandlebury and the work of our rangers.
  • Tadlow Granary: This atmospheric and intriguing timber framed agricultural building dates from the 15th century and is the perfect venue for art exhibitions that showcase the work of local artists. The granary arrived at Wandlebury in 1971 having been carefully dismantled and moved from the Avoncroft Museum of Buildings in Bromsgrove.

Download our Wandlebury Country Park visitor leaflet in advance to help you plan your visit.

Support our work at Wandlebury

wandlebury-volunteeringWandlebury Country Park is loved by thousands of people across Cambridgeshire. For adults the appeal of the park is its unhurried pace. For children a visit means the chance to climb trees, build dens, play hide and seek, and generally race around. If Wandlebury means something special to you then why not get involved with our work. Most people think Wandlebury is owned by the council but actually its funded through charitable donations. Keeping the park open costs us £400 a day. We’re always keen to hear from people who can spare an hour or two of their time to volunteer; or who would like to make a donation to help fund specific projects or purchase essential items for use in and around the park. Becoming a member of CambridgePPF also helps support the upkeep of Wandlebury.

Latest News

Wandlebury Country Park named as one of the best in Britain

28th Jul 2014EnvironmentalWandlebury Country Park

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Lots on at Wandlebury to keep kids happy this holiday

9th Jul 2014Education and learningEventsSchool holidaysWandlebury Country Park

This summer Cambridge Past, Present & Future (CambridgePPF) has put together another packed programme of activities to keep children busy over the six-week school holiday. […] Read

Event will reveal history of Wandlebury

12th Jun 2014EventsHistoryWandlebury Country Park

On Wednesday 18 June, local charity Cambridge Past, Present & Future (CambridgePPF) will be staging a special event that will reveal fascinating facts about the […] Read

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