Ferry Meadows is a wonderful haven for lovers of the great outdoors, with countless walks that take you up close and personal to the wildlife in Nene Park. So it’s fantastic news then, that a new walkable route is now open to the public to greatly improve access for visitors to some of the richest nature and heritage areas within the Park.
The Bluebell Wood Boardwalk, which was funded by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, was built between January and March this year with help from an incredible team of dedicated Nene Park Trust volunteers.
As you may have deduced from its name, this 750 metre long stretch of decking is located near the picturesque Bluebell Wood at the northeast side of Ferry Meadows. The route provides better access to the bluebells by the river, as well as taking you closer to the wildlife on, in and around the water itself.
Riverside wildlife at Ferry Meadows includes kingfishers.
The open ended path, which is marked as the Riverside Walk on the Ferry Meadows Visitor Map, can be accessed from both Milton Ferry and Ham Bridge. Access from Milton Ferry Bridge takes you on a pleasant path along the river and past the willow tunnel. The route from Ham Bridge meanwhile, will take you directly towards Bluebell Wood.
The new boardwalk has already proved a hit with visitors, including walkers, runners and people with pushchairs. It is also accessible for certain mobility scooters, although it should be noted that there is a steep slope at one end of the boardwalk and an uneven surface at the other.
Make sure you head down to test out the new boardwalk for yourself – and if you get peckish while you’re out and about, don’t forget that Ferry Meadows Café and Lakeside Kitchen & Bar are both open throughout the day, seven days a week. We serve a selection of delicious food and drink, including homemade cake!