I think there’s no better place to start you all off in Peterborough, but with a visit to one of the most used and most popular places in Peterborough which is Nene Park and especially the part we all love, Ferry Meadows.

It’s our very own piece of the country – in the city. Situated just 3 miles out of the centre and next to the Ortons, it’s a massive land area which was created back in 1978 and has never stopped being a go-to place for walking, cycling, bird watching, duck feeding, nature watching, fishing, playing and open water swimming. If you have some mobility issues there are good parking bays, mobility scooter hire and accessible venues with toilet facilities.
Ferry Meadows is an all-year-round area and it doesn’t matter on the weather. There’s plenty of space to keep fit with footpaths around all three lakes; Overton, Lynch and Gunwade Lake, so whether it’s a gentle 5km or a more robust 10km there’s a route for you or simply hire a bike if you don’t have your own.

Don’t think it’s all about walking your dog and bird watching with binoculars… it’s much more than that.

On a sunny day it really does come to life with children’s exciting screams as they play within three different playgrounds to the serene areas on the other side of the lakes where you can hear the birds twitter and catch a glimpse every now and again of other creatures that live in these beautiful surroundings.

The miniature steam train runs through the meadows with a short but pleasant ride at £1.50 for kids and £2 adults (one way). It’s a novel way to get from A to B and give the kids a treat as it toots past and walkers return their waves.

Just opened is their electrically powered boat, called Wyndham, that is now offering 30minute lake trips from March to October. The views from the ‘on the lake’ perspective are wonderful. It’s not warm at the moment so be sure to take some thick clothing to enjoy the peacefulness. However, if you want to be a bit more in control then you could hire out a swan pedalo or a rowing boat to enjoy, take dad as he will no doubt end up doing all the work while you sit back and enjoy it. For watersport enthusiasts there are kayaks, canoes, dingys, windsurfing and paddle boards, you can even hire a wet suit for £1. I’ve never personally done any as I prefer to be the one with the camera with my feet on the shore.

Throughout the year you’ll find set trails, orienteering, educational programmes and learning new skills like archery or wall climbing. The choices here really are endless.

Finally, when your tummy starts rumbling you’ll find two coffee shops which serve up a great breakfasts, cakes and lunches – always a nice reward after all that walking round and in the summertime there’s plenty of picnic space with areas designated for bbqs or a run to the kiosk to buy your favourite ice cream.

See you there next Sunday….

This was the Spark Magazine article for November 2020