One of the most magical things about visiting Wymeswold Meadows is the sense of seclusion you get when you step through the gates. The river is deeply cut, and, despite being so close to the road, this is the perfect spot for immersing yourself fully in the wild.

Location

Mantle Croft, Wymeswold, Loughborough
LE12 6TQ

OS Map Reference

SK 611231 (Sheet 129)
A static map of Wymeswold Meadows

Know before you go

Size
5 hectares

Entry fee

Free

Parking information

Park on the verge near the reserve entrances but please do not block neighbour's gateways or obstruct the road.

Grazing animals

Livestock may be present

Access

The meadows are 1km east of the village of Wymeswold, directly alongside Narrow Lane, which runs from Wymeswold to join the B676 about 1km west of Six Hills.

There are stiles and hand gates on this reserve.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Always open

Best time to visit

Winter

About the reserve

Wymeswold Meadows run alongside the River Mantle, deeply cut into the ground. It’s possible to feel totally apart from the modern world in this tiny reserve and allow yourself to get really close to a whole range of plants and animals. This is a top spot for enjoying dragonflies and damselflies in summer, which hawk up and down the river banks and will perch on the vegetation. The steep, grassy banks are abundant with flowers and plants, including cowslip, cuckooflower and hoary plantain. Agrimony, lady's bedstraw, spiny restharrow and common birdsfoot-trefoil also occur. This diverse flora attracts a variety of butterflies: orange tip, brimstone, small copper, common blue and small heath, whilst hedgerow birds, like whitethroat and bullfinch, are often seen. The meadows were originally part of common land used by Wymeswold villagers for grazing their stock. The area was enclosed in the 19th century and has traditionally been grazed by cattle, most of it being too steep to cut for hay.