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Cherry Hinton Chalk Pits Nature Reserve

Lime Kiln Road, Cherry Hinton, Cambridgeshire, CB1 8NQ

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Introduction

  • Once quarried to build Cambridge colleges, this is now a spectacular wildlife site.
  • Standing within East Pit, you are surrounded by steep cliffs of bare white chalk with patches of grassland and dense scrub. The cherry trees in adjacent Lime Kiln Close are descendants of the trees that gave Cherry Hinton its name; now large ash trees also tower over field maples.
  • Wildflowers such as milkwort, harebell and kidney vetch thrive in East Pit, and rare moon carrot grows only here and at two other locations in the country. The scrub habitat in these pits provides nesting and feeding sites for more than 60 species of bird. On summer nights, glow-worms glimmer fluorescent in the grass.

Opening Times

  • The venue is open 24hrs.

Location

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Cambridge.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.

COVID-19 Information

Outside Access (Lime Kiln Road Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located in Lime Kiln Road.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) both ways.
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are light.
  • The width of the door opening is 100cm (3ft 3in).

Level Change (Lime Kiln Road Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.

Outside Access (Queen Edith's Way Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located in Queen Edith's Way.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) both ways.
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 80cm (2ft 7in).

Level Change (Queen Edith's Way Entrance)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located immediately beyond the entrance.
  • There is/are 7 step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

Nature Reserve

  • The site has steep slopes and medium steps throughout.
  • East Pit has a level and surfaced path around part of the site.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are not available.

Standard Toilet(s)