Ferry Meadows is surprisingly big with a good variety of landscapes to wander through it’s not just a meadow! There are woods to explore and water to sit beside (for your wellbeing!). You can go sailing or cycling or just relax in one of the cafes.
Although man-made in the 1970s, archaeology has shown humans have used the area of Ferry Meadows since the Bronze Age. Later, the fields were once home to the vibrant Roman town of Durobrivae with homes, workshops and businesses. It later developed as a fortress and pottery centre.
Still visible are remnants of its Georgian history like the Milton Ferry bridge, built by the Fitzwilliam family who owned the land, to replace the ferry service which operated on the river Nene (hence the name Ferry Meadows). The Fitzwilliam estate was also a source of willow – an important material for a range of woven products, like baskets, used in industry and farming.
Situated this side of Peterborough, there is fun and history to explore. See their website for the full range of activities: https://www.nenepark.org.uk/
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