Our natural haven in the heart of Ferry Meadows provides us with wonderful views of the park all year round. Autumn, of course, has awe-inspiring colours, while winter, chilly as it may be, is often picture perfect (as well as sometimes being a bit grey and miserable!) During spring, we see the park slowly stir, as wildlife and plants begin to emerge from their frosty slumber; then in summer, Ferry Meadows really comes to life, with not just plenty to see but lots to do too. In this post, we take a look at four great ways to get out and enjoy the beautiful country park at this glorious time of year.

  1. Walking and Cycling

An abundance of car-free walk and cycle ways make Ferry Meadows a great place to explore, whether you’re on two feet or two wheels. Most walking routes are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. If you’re cycling around the park, meanwhile, you have an entire network of cycle ways at your disposal, including two marked routes.

Ferry Meadows Visitor Centre, located next to our sister venue Ferry meadows Café, offers a leaflet with information on both cycle and walking routes. Water resistant maps of the park are also available at the Visitor Centre, priced £2.99.

If you don’t have a bike, or yours is in need of a quick once over, check out the Rutland Cycling shop (external link: opens in new window) located just off Oundle Road (by the entrance to Ferry Meadows Country Park). Here, you can find cycle hire, servicing and more.

  1. Play Areas

For kids, Ferry Meadows is one huge playground; it’s so big and exciting, in fact, that it can be a struggle for parents to keep track of youngsters at all times. Luckily, as well as wide open spaces at the park, there are also a few designated play areas. The Lakeside, Badger and award winning Otter play areas are no less exciting for children, but perhaps a little more relaxing for adults, who have a smaller area to keep an eye on.

  1. Bird Watching

With Lakeside overlooking the picturesque Gunwade Lake, visitors to our eatery are afforded excellent views of an amazing array of beautiful birds. During the summer, the lake welcomes Canada and greylag geese, mallards and tufted ducks, and moorhens and black-headed Gulls. Swallows and sand martins are also frequent flyers at the lake, and perform acrobatic manoeuvers above the water as they try to catch airborne insects on the wing.

Perhaps the most mercurial bird at Ferry Meadows, but also one of the most majestic, is the magnificent kingfisher. There is at least one adult male who has made his nest along Gunwade Lake, so keep a keen eye out and you might catch a chance sighting.

Away from Lakeside, Ferry Meadows has two cosy bird hides beside Ham Mere, while there are nest and feeder cams at the Visitor Centre.

  1. Lakeside and Ferry Meadows Cafe

Of course, if you need any refreshments to recharge your batteries, or even just a bit of shade from the sun (or rain), Lakeside and Ferry Meadows Café are always on hand to help out. Both venues offer an assortment of delicious food, with views to match.

At Lakeside, we’re currently working on our new summer menu, which will include some fresh, seasonal recipes. We will release more news about the summer menu on our blog as soon as it becomes available – so make sure you check back for further updates.

Events at Lakeside

In addition to operating as a café, Lakeside is available to hire for private events all year round. Click on the following link to find out more about hiring Lakeside for your event. You can also call our friendly team on 01733 233218 or email raj.regmi@meadowbrownrestaurants.com.

For more information about things to do at Ferry Meadows, head over to the newly updated Nene Park website www.nenepark.org.uk (external link: opens in new window).

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