We are very lucky to live where we do, surrounded by all sorts of historical and natural, beautiful and exciting places to visit, either within walking distance or a short drive away and today’s trip was a simple example of some of the wonders that you can find in and around Peterborough.
Also known as Hills and Hollows, Barnack Hills and Holes is one of Britain’s most important wildlife sites. The site is home to half of the remaining limestone grassland and is a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’
What was once a medieval limestone quarry has now become covered in a blanket of grasses and wild flowers such as the ‘man orchid’. The area is traditionally grazed by around 300 sheep in the autumn that graze on the summer growth and build up of leaves and grasses that would otherwise choke the rarer lime loving plants.
The limestone was formed during the Jurassic period and is actually the remains of sea creatures that lived in the shallow water that covered the area at the time. The hills and the holes that form the landscape and give the area its name were created by quarrying for the valuable stone which has been used in the building works of many grand buildings, including both Peterborough and Ely Cathedrals. We’ve visited Ely with Dexter last year so now that I know this, we will be sure to go back there and visit the Cathedral too.
In terms of things to do, the place isn’t a theme park and there are no wild rides but it is a perfectly beautiful place to visit with the family and enjoy. Your children will be sure to love running up and down the hills and slopes and hiding from each other or if they are like Dexter, they can enjoy looking for bugs and creepy crawlies and perhaps identifying the wildlife they see too.
Located roughly 15/20 minutes drive from Peterborough and with free parking, it’s a great little spot for an afternoon walk. Dogs are welcome too but with the terrain, I wouldn’t recommend buggies or wheelchairs. The guided foot path takes roughly half hour to walk round unless, like us, you dawdle.
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