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On Land

Ferry Meadows

On Land


It's like having a Park Ranger in your pocket!
The four Mobile Explorer trails bring to life the history, wildlife and landscape of Nene Park and the surrounding area.

The trails can be downloaded from the iApp store by clicking here

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Ferry Meadows Railway

A miniature train ride taking in many of the Park's features.

2018 fares

Child single  £1.50
Child return £2.00
Adult single £2.00
Adult return £3.00

All day wrist band
Child £4.00
Adult £6.00

See www.ferrymeadowsrailway.co.uk for details and timetable or call 01933 398889.

Ferry Meadows Railway

Rutland Cycling Hire Centre and Cycling Superstore

Offering a cycle hire service over the summer weekends and school holidays tailored to meet the requirements of the local area whilst giving the same friendly service that can be found at all of their centers.

Just click here to go to the website to find out more and for opening times.

Rutland Cycling


Ferry Meadows and the wider Nene Park offer many miles of off-road traffic-free cycling, including a stretch of the National Cycle Network Route 63.

A map is available from the Visitor Centre for £1.50 which shows the full network of cycle ways which make up the Peterborough Green Wheel.

There are two way marked cycle trails in Nene Park.

The Family Trail
Follow the blue markers on this 4mile / 6.4km  circular trail through Ferry Meadows starting at the Lakeside Centre.

Waymark Arrows

The Boathouse Trail
Follow the blue and then red markers on this 7.5mile / 12km circular trail which includes all the Family Trail and and extra section out to Thorpe Meadows.

Peterborough Adapted Cycling Scheme

The scheme uses a range of specially adapted bikes to enable people of all ages with mobility difficulties to get into cycling.

Hand Cycling In Ferry Meadows
image courtesy of Chris Porsz

For more details contact Matt Taylor, Community Sports Development Officer matt.taylor@vivacity-peterborough.com or call 01733 863783.

Regular Group Events and Activities

Would you rather share your experience with other people?. Whether you like to walk in a group, prefer not to cycle on your own or want to try something new. There is an assortment of group events and activities that take place in the Park. Click on the group to find out more details

Inspire Peterborough Weekly Walks Every Wednesday 10:30am
Peterborough Dog Walking Group First Sunday of every Month
Peterborough U3A Nordic Walking Group Every Friday 1:30pm
Alzheimers Society Dementia Cafe 3rd Thursday of every Month
Vivacity Walking for Health Mondays at 9:30am and Thurdays at 1:30pm
Peterborough U3A Easy Working Group Thurdsays at 2pm
Sue Ryder Wayfinders Walking Group First Saturday of each month at 10am
Rutland Cycling Breeze Mums and Tots Rides Every other Friday at 10am
Rutland Cycling Breeze midweek Pedals Every other Thursday at 10am
Yoga at Lakeside Saturdays at 9:30am
Peterborough U3A Painting for Pleasure Mondays at 2pm April - October

Discovery Packs

Want to learn more about the wildlife of Ferry Meadows?  Children's Discover Nature Packs are available to borrow free of charge from the Visitor Centre.  Please note: while there is no cost to borrow Discovery Packs, you will be asked to leave a £10 deposit.  This will be fully refunded when the Pack is returned to the Visitor Centre.

Discover Nature Pack


Most of the paths in the central area of Ferry Meadows and at Orton Mere, Woodston Reach and Thorpe Meadows are surfaced and suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

On the Rural Estate, most paths are un-surfaced countryside footpaths with stiles; their condition can vary according to the seasons and weather.

Maps of Ferry Meadows are available by clicking here or from our Visitor Centre.

The Visitor Centre also stocks handy pocket sized OS maps which show Ferry Meadows, Nene Park and the surrounding area. Perfect for those who wish to explore further afield. The maps are water-resistant and are priced at £2.99.

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Explore the Park's and Peterborough's Roman past by picking up an "Explore Roman Peterborough" guided walk pamphlet from the Visitor Centre. The guides cost £1 and contain three walking trails and a wealth of information.

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Nene Park Golf

Pitch & Putt
A 12-hole Pitch & Putt course for all ages and abilities located at the entrance to Ferry Meadows Country Park.

Click here to go to the Nene Park Golf website or call 01733 237478

Orton Meadows Golf Course
An 18-hole, 5613 yard, par 67 golf course located at the entrance to Ferry Meadows.

Click here to go to the Nene Park Golf website or call 01733 237478

Thorpe Wood Golf Course 
Pay-as-you-play, 7086 yard, par 73 course.

Click here to go to the Nene Park Golf website or call 01733 267701

Driving Range
New driving range open 7 days a week.
Click here to go to the Nene Park Golf website for details or call 01733 267701

Golf Course

Horse Riding

There are horse routes throughout Nene Park which are marked on posts with blue horse shoe signs.

The boxing point is at Ferry Meadows where a height barrier is in operation. Please see the information on height barriers by following the link below.
Height barrier information

For more information on horse riding download our Horse Riding Guidelines and Horse Routes Map by clicking on the link below.

Horse Riding Guidelines and map

Lynch Farm Riding Ltd

Horse riding lessons and short breaks for adults and children.
For bookings and enquiries see www.lynchfarmriding.co.uk or call 01733 234445.

Horse Jumping
image courtesy of Chris Porsz

Mobility Scooters Loan

Battery powered mobility scooters are available for visitors with limited mobility for use in Ferry Meadows. There is no charge for these but to ensure availability please pre-book by calling 01733 234193.

Mobility Scooter
image courtesy of Chris Porsz


There are a series of Geocaches throughout Nene Park. For more information on Geocaching see www.gagb.org.uk or to obtain coordinates see http://www.geocaching.com/

If you are interested in placing a geocache in Nene Park please contact visitor.services@neneparktrust.org.uk or call 01733 234193.


Orienteering is a great way to explore Ferry Meadows. It is suitable for groups or families. You can run, jog or walk and it doesn't matter how young, old or fit you are. Pick up the leaflets at the Visitor Centre or download them below.

Short course approx. 2.9k/1.8m download leaflet
Full course up to approx. 9.5k/6m download leaflet

Play Areas

Ferry Meadows contains three play areas. One is located near to the Lakeside centre, another is located by Overton Lake and the Otter Playground, for younger children, is next to Ferry Meadows Cafe by the Visitor Centre.

Child On Swing


We are listed on dayoutwiththekids.co.uk

Nene Bowmen Archery Club

Archers of all abilities welcome.

Peterborough Model Flying Club

One of the oldest and most successful model flying clubs in the country.

Peterborough parkrun


This is a 5km running course around Ferry Meadows which takes place every Saturday at 9am. It's free to enter but registration is required before taking part. There are also opportunities to volunteer at this event. For more information, visit the website or email peterboroughhelpers@parkrun.com

Activities Not Permitted

There are some activities not permitted in the Park due to the risk and nuisance they may pose to other members of the public. You can see a list of these activities by clicking here

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