If you are after pancake-flat terrain for serene strolls that are full of wildlife and rural charm, hikes around Peterborough are just the ticket. The cathedral city occupies an enviable spot on the River Nene in the northwest of Cambridgeshire and is surrounded by nature reserves, vibrant wetlands, beautiful lakes and colourful meadows.
From the city, you can let the footpaths along the Nene’s lazy meanders be your guide, linking various beauty spots, such as the bluebell woodland of Thorpe Wood and the birdlife at Ferry Meadows & Nene Park, with its nature hides and cafes.
To the south of the city is Holme Fen Nature Reserve’s 657 acres (266 ha) of wildlife-rich grassland, heath and silver birch woodland. The reserve is home to the famous Holme Post, which at 9 feet (2.75 m) below sea level is the lowest land in Great Britain. Further afield, discover the treats in store towards the Lincolnshire border. The undulating limestone grassland of Hills and Holes Nature Reserve is bewitching, while the 16th-century Burghley House and its extensive deer park reward with repeat visits throughout the seasons.
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