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OS map 157 Grid ref: SU273714

  • Circular path with boardwalks
  • Dogs on leads are welcome
  • Can be muddy in the winter
  • 1.2 hectares

Ramsbury Meadow reserve map © WWT

This nature reserve is located on the flood plain of the River Kennet and for hundreds of years provided grazing for sheep. During the 17th and 18th centuries it was part of a series of water-meadows. You can still see traces of the old ditches used to irrigate the land with nutrient-rich river water, to encourage an early growth of grass for grazing. The ditches were fed from the leat (artificial watercourse) which separates the meadow from adjoining gardens. Here you will find wild plants typical of wetland habitats. Greater and lesser pond-sedges produce tufty heads from the end of May. Meadowsweet, wild angelica and hemp agrimony attract butterflies such as the small tortoiseshell. Pink-flowered comfrey was used to heal wounds and broken limbs, hence its old name ‘bone-set’.

Boardwalks, a dipping platform and bridges form part of the circular path through the meadow. It’s best to stay on the path as the ground is very wet and in places poisonous hemlock water dropwort grows. In spring look for the golden-yellow flowers of marsh marigold along the silted up ditch, and the yellow flag iris from May to July. The emperor dragonfly and blue-tailed damselfly breed in the pond and there is a thriving frog population. Sticklebacks swim beneath its surface. On the pretty River Kennet you can watch mute swans, mallards, coots and moorhens.

The site is managed by Ramsbury Parish Council and volunteers who keep the path and ditches clear from vegetation.

 Marsh marigold © Richard Burkmarr Hemp Agrimony © Rob Large  Blue tailed damsel © Richard Burkmarr Coot © Paul McRae


If driving - reserve is situated about 6.5 miles from Marlborough. In Ramsbury, follow road round to right (High Street). Fire Station is on right halfway along High Street. Park on High Street, taking care not to obstruct access. Take path on left of Fire Station leading to reserve entrance.

If using bus – bus 46/48 Marlborough to Swindon stops in Ramsbury. Visit

If cycling – Visit

Nearby reserves - Jones’s Mill, Ham Hill, Hat Gate

What to see locally - Fyfield Down National Nature Reserve (8 miles), Barbury Castle Country Park (8 miles), Uffington Castle and White Horse (9 miles), Avebury (11 miles)

Ramsbury Meadow location map © WWT
(Photo: Ramsbury Meadow © Steve day)