image for Nature Reserve item typeThe Boardwalks Nature Reserve

Nature Reserve, free entry


The Contact


Off Thorpe Meadows,


The Boardwalks lies alongside the River nene at Thorpe Meadows. In 1991 it was declared a Local Nature Reserve. At any time of the year it is a beautiful place to visit. There are many different areas within the reserve; ponds of varying sizes and depths, marsh, tussocky grassland and many types of willow. The Boardwalks is rich in wildlife, easily and freely accessible and close to the city centre.

Opening Details

Open all the time

Dawn to dusk


Free entry


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Map reference: TL 177984  Lat: 52.57068 Long: -0.26475

By road:
Take the Thorpe Meadows exit from the roundabout at the junction of Thorpe Road and the Longthorpe Parkway. Park in the public car park next to the Ramada Hotel. Walk Past the Boathouse, over the small hump-backed bridge and follow the hawthorn lined footpath to reach the reserve. On foot/cycle: Follow the footpath along the north bank of the reiver from Orton Staunch or the footpath / cycle path from the City Centre via Rivergate.

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