Houghton Meadows

Matt Hamilton

Five pretty meadows; very colourful from spring to summer.

Location

Thicket Road
Houghton
Huntingdon
Cambridgeshire

OS Map Reference

TL 293 717
A static map of Houghton Meadows

Know before you go

Size
8 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Park in market square in Houghton and walk 0.5 miles to reserve along Thicket Road

Grazing animals

Yes

Access

Not wheelchair or pushchair friendly

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

spring

About the reserve

Houghton Meadows is made up of 5 fields, some are ancient hay meadows and some are pasture. The meadows are covered from spring to summer in a sea of flowers, from the yellow cowslips to the pink spears of orchids and purple of knapweed. Once the hay is cut in July the ridges and furrows left behind when the oxen ploughed fields of the middle ages are revealed. Surrounding the meadows are ancient hedgerows, currently undergoing rejuvenation using traditional methods. Almost hidden at the back of the reserve is a tiny brook, which joins the ox-bow of the Ouse towards Hemingford Grey. It is a refuge for an array of aquatic plants and domain of the distinctive hairy dragonfly. On its bank there are a series of venerable old gnarled and twisted willows which are home to green woodpecker and numerous insects.  

Further information on the History of Houghton Meadows, by kind permission of Huntingdonshire Fauna and Flora Society, is available in the downloads box below. 

Contact us

Contact number: 01954 713500

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)