GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Bedford Purlieus National Nature Reserve

2 miles (3.5 km)

These splendid ancient woods near Peterborough have miles of woodland walking trails to try. You can start the walk from the car park off the A47, just east of Wansford (postcode PE8 6NN).
The area is a hidden gem with 520 acres of ancient woodland to explore. The extensive flora includesbeech, birch, field maple,bluebells, primroses, celandines, violets and wood anemones, wild strawberries and garlic. There's also lots of wildlife to look out for including deer, cuckoo, foxes, red kites and buzzards. The woods contains more plant and insect species than most other woods in this country.
Bedford Purlieus is located just to the west of the lovely riverside village of Wansford. The Nene Way long distance footpath runs through the village so you could pick this up to extend your walk.


PE8 6NN - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Bedford Purlieus National Nature Reserve OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Bedford Purlieus National Nature Reserve Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The circular Wansford Walk starts from the nearby riverside village. It visits the reserve and the ancient woodland of Old Sulehay Forest just to the east. The route also passes through the picturesque settlements of Yarwell and Nassington.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cambridgeshire Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Bedford Purlieus - - 1228190

A woodland ride in the National Nature Reserve.

Bedford Purlieus - - 1228194

The ancient woodland is a National Nature Reserve managed by the Forestry Commission.

Ash tree, Bedford Purlieus NNR - - 66176

Ash tree, Bedford Purlieus NNR. Bedford Purlieus is a National Nature Reserve and contains many interesting species of flora and fauna.

Green Arch Bridleway - - 187438

Green Arch Bridleway

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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