Wandlebury Country Park

On top of the Magog Hills, just south of Cambridge, Wandlebury is the city’s original country park. With views as far as Ely, this tranquil countryside estate offers more than eight miles of wonderful walks through mature woodland and wildflower meadows grazed by Highland Cattle. A large part of the park is on the remains of a circular historic Iron Age Hillfort – a Scheduled Ancient Monument steeped in myth and legend.

The Country Park is owned and cared for by local charity Cambridge Past Present Future.

There is always something to do at Wandlebury. It is a beautiful setting for a picnic or a BBQ, to watch wildlife, build a den, have a gentle stroll or a strenuous hike. Take part in events and activities for all ages (including our award winning education programme) and learn about the site’s fascinating Iron Age history and the Godolphin Arabian horses.

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
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Visitor information

Opening Times:  Every day of the year- from dawn to dusk.

Prices: Free entry if arriving on foot or by bike. Car parking £3 for any length of visit – up to a full day. Members always park FREE.

Getting here:  The Park is 2.5 miles south of the Addenbrooke’s Hospital roundabout on A1307 between Cambridge and Haverhill, please see map. The Park is served by Stagecoach Citiplus X13 and X13a bus service between Cambridge and Haverhill.

More information:  If you wish to arrive by mini-bus or coach please get in touch for charges. Parking fees help fund the upkeep of the park. There is disabled parking within The Ring – please follow the signs. Further information and guidance can be found here and also see our dog guidance which helps to keep this special green space a happy safe place for visitors and wildlife.

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 look out for:

  • A white and yellow carpet of 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: A great place to sit and watch nature, especially during winter when you can see and photograph birds close up as they come to the food and water we provide for them. Look out for green and great spotted woodpeckers, jay, bullfinch, long-tailed tit and sparrowhawk. The hide is 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. Coming soon –  Visit our dedicated conservation page for more information about wildlife at Wandlebury and the work of our team.
  • Tadlow Granary: This atmospheric and intriguing timber framed agricultural building dates from the 15th century. 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 please help us keep it special. Wandlebury is owned and cared for by a local charity and funded through donations. Keeping the park open costs us £400 a day. Becoming a member of the charity is a great way to support the upkeep of Wandlebury and we’re always keen to hear from people who can spare their time to volunteer; or who would like to make a donation to help fund improvements in the park.

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.

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? Wandlebury is a perfect place 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: For private functions and special events. It’s the perfect place for birthday parties, family gatherings, weddings and meetings.
  • BBQ areas – we have two private areas near the Games Field which can be booked. Just bring your tools, food and fuel.

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.

Books about Wandlebury If you’d like to more about the history of Wandlebury, why not read one of the publications that reference the site. These include:

Once around Wandlebury by Wendy Clark £7

The Godolphin Arabian by Wendy Clark £3

The Lost Gardens of Wandlebury by Twigs Way £3

Copies can be obtained by calling into the office at Wandlebury or by contacting the team via the website.

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