Gamlingay Cinques - Lorna Parker

Gamlingay Cinques - Lorna Parker

Gamlingay Cinques

A dry grassland site, providing a secluded haven for visitors

Location

Cinques Road

Gamlingay
Cambridgeshire
SG19 3NU

OS Map Reference

TL 226 529
A static map of Gamlingay Cinques

Know before you go

Size
3 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Reserve car park on Cinques Road

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

Mostly dry, level, sandy site that slopes to the wet area.

Access

This nature reserve can be reached by those taking the BikeBus Explorer from Cambridge. This low-cost public bus service operates on Sundays and Bank Holidays to transport walkers and cyclists to the countryside. Note that cycling is not allowed in the nature reserve itself.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Summer

About the reserve

Once part of Gamlingay Great Heath, Cinques Common is on dry sandy soil, which is unusual in Cambridgeshire. A popular spot for local walkers, this small reserve is under restoration as we reclaim grassland from the scrubby oak trees. The reserve is dotted with harebells and filled with the scent of gorse bloom in the spring.

Slender St. John's wort, once common on the former Great Heath, still survives here. Work is well underway to restore the important acid grassland and to prevent the continual encroachment of scrub and woodland. This site occasionally benefits from grazing by rare breed sheep.   

Contact us

Contact number: 01954 713500

Environmental designation

County Wildlife Site

Location map