Local Nature-Related Attractions

Where to Visit

There are many nature-related attractions close to Downing College. Take a look at the list below for some of the best places to visit.

Anglesey Abbey, Gardens & Lode Mill

Jacobean-style house with gardens and a working water mill.


Cambridge University Botanic Garden

40 acres of beautiful gardens and glasshouses.


Coton Countryside Reserve

Over 300 acres, with quiet recreational opportunities within a farm environment.


The Fen Rivers Way

A long-distance walking route using fenland rights of way linking the historic centres of Ely and Cambridge.


The Icknield Way Trail

Probably the oldest road in Britain, this 170-mile trail covers six counties and is open to walkers, horse-riders and cyclists.


The Lodes Way

A 9-mile cycleway developed by the National Trust.


The Roman Road Walk

Passing through the Gog Magog Hills and the valley of the River Granta, this circular walk follows the route once marched by Roman legions.


Wandlebury Country Park

A tranquil open space offering over 8 miles of wonderful walks through mature woods, meadows and chalk grassland areas.


Wicken Fen Nature Reserve

one of Europe’s most important wetlands, with more than 8,500 species, including a spectacular array of plants, birds and dragonflies.


Wimpole Estate

A working estate guided by the seasons with an impressive mansion and home farm.