Thursday, 14 June 2012

Walk up an appetite with a Midsummer guided walk at Coton Countryside Reserve       

On Sunday 24th June, local charity Cambridge Past, Present and Future (CambridgePPF) will host a guided walk around Coton Countryside Reserve that will be followed by the chance to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea on the village green.

The two-hour walk will showcase the best that Mother Nature has to offer during Midsummer in a traditional countryside stroll that ventures through open meadows, woodland, young orchards and farmland to the west of Cambridge. Then, after walking up an appetite, attendees can return to the village to enjoy another Great British pastime: afternoon tea and cakes – an annual event organised by the village church committee, which this year has been given a Diamond Jubilee theme.

With its open sky, large fields and tall hedges, Coton Countryside Reserve offers something of interest for young and old – wildlife, landscape views and changing skies. The reserve is owned and maintained by CambridgePPF, the conservation charity best known for running Wandlebury Country Park.

CambridgePPF is working hard to develop Coton Countryside Reserve as a public resource for village and Cambridge residents to enjoy and this event is the perfect opportunity for local residents to familiarise themselves with the site – which is also a working farm. New routes have been introduced to give walkers, cyclists, joggers, disabled people and horse-riders access to the diverse habitats that exist. A hilltop picnic area provides the chance to take in the panoramic view across the west of Cambridge including the historic Cambridge skyline. And thanks to links with adjacent public footpaths and bridleways, Coton Countryside reserve is accessible from multiple points.

The guided walk will begin at 1pm at the Reserve entrance, off the footpath at Coton. The event is free to attend but donations to help with the upkeep of the reserve are always welcome. Please note there is a small charge for the Coton Village Cream Tea. For more information contact: or 01223 243830.

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