A Walk in the Park - Stanstead Innings and Rye Meads
This week's 'A Walk in the Park' takes us to Stanstead Innings, tucked away by the quiet Hertfordshire village of Stanstead Abbots, Stanstead Innings comprises three wild flower meadows, three lakes and a wet woodland area.
The site was once a gravel extraction site, but now the pits are flooded and a host of wildlife has made the nature reserve their home. Whether you’re a seasoned ‘twitcher’ or just love natural place this walk is for you.
Following from Stanstead Innings we will lead you to Rye Meads, a superb spot managed by the RSPB as an urban reserve. Here you can see large numbers of birds, plus wetland mammals and reptiles. The wetland areas are extensive, with flood meadows, reed beds, ditches, streams and open water supporting all kinds of fascinating life. Special Polish ponies graze the ancient flood meadows at Rye Meads so look out for these lovely animals.
The walk then comes back under the A414 and around past the sailing club before you return to the car park. This walk can take up to three hours as there will be some stopping to birdwatch and look at the hides on the RSPB reserve.
Please wear suitable clothing and foot wear for the walk
Bring a snack and refreshments to keep yourself energized
Meeting point at Stanstead Innings car park - charges may apply
Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on this walk as the route passes through the RSPB reserve which does not allow dogs; although you are able to take assistance dogs
By bus: routes C3, 351 and 524, Abbotts Rise bus stop (5 minute walk)
By train: the nearest station is St. Margarets on the Liverpool Street line (15 minute walk)
By car: Stanstead Innings is accessed via Marsh Lane from the B181
This event has been cancelled. Sorry for any inconvinience caused.