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Cricklade is one of the best places in Britain to experience spring at its blooming best!

The North Meadow is an ancient flood plain on the banks of the upper Thames, which is renowned as one of the best examples of a lowland hay meadow in Europe.

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Spring is when plants burst into growth and the first flowers bloom. Grasslands are a great place to see this natural spectacle.

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  • Visit spring meadows and enjoy wild walks with unprecedented displays of wild flowers.

Cricklade - Visitor Guide


North Meadow, Cricklade, Wiltshire.

Postcode SN6 6HA

01985 218548

01380 726344.

Best time to visit:

The flowers are at their best in early May and picking is strictly forbidden.


Visitors are asked to keep to the designated footpaths.
Street map:Streetmap of Cricklade
Ordnance Survey:OS grid reference: O95935
Key attractions:

Flower spotting. Guided walks are run through the Fritillary season.


Self guided walks - Willow, River, and Reedbed walks (see leaflet below).


English Nature North Meadow leaflet

Essential kit:

Magnifying glass, flower identification book or guide. Camera.

Nature watching:

Fossil hunts are run by the Cotswold Water Park. Birdwatching.


Guided walks. Nature Reserve.


Variable - there is a disabled access gate to the reserve but the site can become very wet and muddy at certain times.


Roadside parking available within 300 yards of the meadow.

Getting there:

Located 20 minutes walk north west of Cricklade town centre.


Roadside parking 300 metres from the reserve.


Bus service runs through Cricklade.

Opening times:

All year round


Free public access - access is restricted to the public footpath.

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