The site of Holywell Ponds in Longthorpe is steeped in history & has the best remaining examples of medieval fish ponds in the Peterborough area. The seven ponds used to form part of the estate of Thorpe Hall and provided the lord and his family with a constant supply of fresh fish. Inside a small grotto in the corner of the site there is a natural spring that feeds the first pond then the water flows from one pond to another around the site. The ponds are in several acres of grassland and in one corner they are tempting to establish a wildflower meadow with native wildflowers.
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From Longthorpe Green through to Larklands, car parking is very limited. On foot: Take the public footpath south of Thorpe Hall that runs parallel and north of Longthorpe Parkway or take the path from Thorpe Wood Nature Reserve. Unfortunately, there are no paths through the site so access is very difficult for wheelchairs and pushchairs.