“ Address: Ham Lane / Orton Waterville / Peterborough / PE2 5UU / England „
Ferry Meadows is the family friendly heart of Nene Park, it was consturcted as part of the Peterborough having New Town status to cater for the London overspill in the 80s and is well-maintained and serves the city like never before.
The park is approximately 500 acres and contains a mixture of fields, lakes, woodlands and open grassy areas. The place is abundant with cycle paths and foothpaths along with 3 well-equipped play parks littering the site. I enjoy to just have a walk around the stunning lakes and take in the fresh air on a nice warm day.
A Nene Valley Railway Station is situated at the edge of the park, the Ferry Meadows Station, offering links to Orton Mere, Peterborough (15 minutes from City Centre), Wansford and Yarwell Junction. Special Events are held by the railway such as 1940s weekends, or their popular Thomas the Tank Engine themed events.
Situated in the park is a miniature railway (currently service is suspended as new carriage sheds are being put into place but should be up and running for October half term, along with a new train on the tracks Rio Grande!) which runs between the 2 main car parks and centres: The Visitor Centre and Gift Shop with the Green Cafe and The Watersports Centre with the Lakeside Cafe. Both sites have toilet facilities, public phones, play facilities and barbeque sites close by; whilst the Watersports Centre also has Cycle Hire and Rowing Boat Hire. When the miniature railway is running, prices at the moment are £1.50/£2.50 for an Adult (Single/Return) and £1.00/£1.50 for Children (Single/Return). I do find the Cafes to be overpriced, so it's always a great idea to bring a packed lunch/picnic.
The 2 main Car Parks near the Visitor Centre and Watersports Centre are pay-to-park on weekends and bank holidays between April and November at a cost of £3.50 a car (pretty steep if you're only planning a lunchtime outing, but season car park tickets are available for £22 if you're going to make a habit of visiting) but many people park for free in the Granary/Notcutts Car Park just off the roundabout on Ham Lane (also the location of Orton Meadows Golf Club and the 12-hole Pitch & Putt). I often use the third Ferry Meadows Car Park at the Castor entrance to the park, conveniently located just off the A47, as this is always free of charge and doesn't close. As the nights draw in the main 2 car parks close approximately an hour before sundown, but the Castor Car Park is always open; this is a good (especially for evening strolls) and a bad point as you do occasionally get late night trouble there (and rarely the odd car set on fire and abandoned by yobs...).
There's plenty to do for free round the park, and plenty to capture the attentions of the young, but the park also offers a wide range of activities for all ages including boat trips, hydrosphering, pedalo and canoe hire, sailing, horse riding, windsurfing, fishing and watersports.
Less than a 5 minute walk away is a Caravan Club Site or a Travel Lodge (and Beefeater Restaurant) if you fancy visiting Peterborough, my Grandma and her husband regularly stay of the Caravan Club Site with their motorhome when they come down from Yorkshire to visit.
Ferry Meadows is a lovely addition to Peterborough, with many families choosing to have cheap days out staying active, or even couples having quiet walks or time to themselves. Teenagers can be seen meeting here on weekends as buses on the Orton Bus Route (The Number One) provide easy access to the park from the Town Centre.
Ferry Meadows is a 500 acre Park is situated near the river Nene in West Peterborough. Its easily found just off the A1.
Peterborough was designated a new town in 1968, and the park was part of the planning for the new town.
More than 2,000 acres of land was set aside to form the Nene Park, an area of countryside stretching westward along the valley of the river Nene from the city centre to Wansford.
Ferry Meadows is at the heart of the Nene Park, with 500 acres of lakes, woodland, grassland and meadows.
It can be reached by car, public transport, nene valley railway and boat!
Car Parking costs £3.50 from April to November. Mooring is free for 24hrs.
It is open daily all year long.The hours change according to the season(generally dawn to dusk). The Park itself is free to enter.
The parks lakes,watersports centre, meadows, woodlands and play areas make it a favourite day out destination for families. There are also areas for camping and caravanning.
Ferry Meadows attracts in the region of half a million visitors throughout the year.
Some of the activities and attractions that make this country park so popular :
cycle & walking trails
Watersports Centre for sailing and windsurfing.
3 Seperate Play areas
A BBQ area
Lots of open space for your games
Cafe / restaurant x2
Basically you can spend the whole day here and be as energetic or as lazy as you want.
Lakeside Watersports Centre offers hire and tuition in windsurfing, canoeing and other small boats as well as a cycle hire facility and Poshboatz operates an open top boat tour around the main lake.
THroughout the year, Ferry Meadows also hosts numerous events which in the past have included Cancer Research Race for Life, Kite Festival, Raptor Foundation Weekend and Firework Fiesta.
Ferry Meadows is the 200ha Country Park at the heart of Nene Park.