We are hoping to make the Country Park more fun - for everyone to enjoy the park all year round. Items for which we need support range from BBQs gazebo, archery shed and repair of the pond located within the Inner Ring - at the heart of the parkland.
"Route & Branch"
Bill Clark, retired Head Warden at Wandlebury Country Park, has written his autobiography. “Route and Branch” highlighting Bill’s pre-war childhood in Bedfordshire and takes us through six decades of social, agricultural and environmental change. It leads us to Bill’s growing interest in conservation as he becomes Warden at Wandlebury with real insight into Wandlebury with his views of care for increasingly rare plants and wildlife.
For details and how to purchase - please click here.
Wandlebury Country Park - is lovely for picnics in meadows and woods. Hire our BBQ area in advance for your family and friends.
Ash Dieback Disease
Like many local land managers CambridgePPF is sad to see yet another tree disease taking hold in East Anglia/ UK.
We are checking our sites and woodlands and to date we have not yet found any young or old plantings being affected by the Chalara fungus. However we will be vigilant and further on the lookout - particularly when ash trees are back in leaf in spring 2013. For best background information, identification images and recent updates from the Government - please click here.
On the gentle Gog Magog Hills just south of Cambridge, Wandlebury is a welcome retreat for walkers and nature lovers. With 110 acres (40 ha) of beautiful woods and chalk grassland, the remains of a 5th Century BC Iron Age Hill Fort (a Scheduled Ancient Monument), walks over some 8 miles (12 km) of meandering footpaths - Wandlebury with its unhurried space offers a great experience for all ages!
The Estate (a County Wildlife Site) is managed by the Ranger Service and volunteers to protect and enhance nature; preserve and respect the environment. The grasslands are managed under a DEFRA Countryside Stewardship Agreement, to increase species diversity and are grazed by Texel sheep and Highland Cattle. The woodlands are managed to encourage diversity of woodland flora and provide nesting habitats for birds.
The Society acquired Wandlebury in 1954, thanks to the generosity of Mr Terence Gray (who gave us the grounds and historic buildings within the Ring) and all who subscribed to the former 'Save the Gogs' Fund. Wandlebury has a fascinating history - which includes the Iron Age hill fort dating back to the fifth century BC and breeding of 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.
Respect the Park and its environment and follow to the Countryside Code and the Park's rules on display at the Main Information Board - in particular:
Thank you for your cooperation and enjoy your visit
The Park is signposted with brown Country park signs off the A1307 Cambridge to Haverhill Road, 2.5 miles south of the Addenbrookes Hospital's roundabout. CambridgePPF wishes to encourage visitors to use sustainable transport - why not come by bus, on foot or cycle?
The paths immediately around the disabled car park area are
suitable for wheelchairs and there is a disabled toilet in the stable block.
There is also a pre-visit pack (tactile maps and images as well as tapes) for visually impaired people, obtainable from the office in advance on loan.
Guide dogs are welcome.
OS Map Reference TL 494 534 GB Grid
The Park is open from dawn to dusk every day. There is much to enjoy through the changing seasons:
Special Events: We have a programme of events suitable for all ages throughout the year in the Country Park. Please see our Wandlebury events page for details.
Group Visits: We welcome visits by groups, schools and other organisations. For further information go to our Education page.
To book a visit please e-mail or call the Cambridge Past, Present & Future Office (Tel: 01223 243830).
Free Entry for All
Car Parking - £2.50 per car (Cambridge Past, Present & Future members FREE)
CambridgePPF maintains the Country Park for the enjoyment of all its visitors. This requires us to raise sufficient funds for its care and maintenance each year. In addition we aim to improve the facilities for enjoying all the aspects of the Park, its flora, fauna and historic legacy.
Currently we have the following projects: -
Wall Restoration - click here to learn more.
We have now set up a Strategic Working Group (summer 2012) which will look at future improvements of visitor facilities and wildlife management etc. This may include new or restored visitor information/ education building and improve access for the less able at the heart of Wandlebury. Projects will be prioritised and detailed programme established.
Please support our work maintaining and improving Wandlebury Country Park for the enjoyment of all by clicking here to find out more about donating to or joining Cambridge Past, Present and Future.
Would you like to help the work of Cambridge Past, Present & Future? We are always glad to hear from people who can spare even an hour or two to help. Please go to our Volunteering page for more information about volunteering or other opportunities to help Cambridge Past, Present & Future.
Cambridge Past, Present & Future