Wimpole - Cobbs Wood farm walk

Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

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A roadside view of the farm © National Trust

A roadside view of the farm

Wimpole Cobbs Wood Lane © National Trust

Wimpole Cobbs Wood Lane

One of the free range Chickens at Wimpole © National Trust

One of the free range Chickens at Wimpole

Wimpole's Woodland © Tony Gardner

Wimpole's Woodland

Route overview

This walk is a great way for you to explore Wimpole's farmland and learn more about this working estate. You'll get to see some of the arable field, grazing pastures and some of its animals, and even discover Wimpole's woodland belts.

Route details

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Route of the Cobbs Wood farm walk on the Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Wimpole Stable Block, grid ref: TL336509

  1. Starting in the car park, walk away from the Stable Block towards the other side of the visitor car park. You will see a black gate; go through this into the field opposite.

    Show/HideHome Farm

    A working farm with an historical twist, Wimpole Estates Home farm is one of the UKs largest rare breed centres. We play a key role in conserving numerous rare and traditional breeds. The Farm was built to supply the estate with produce which we still do today as a Freedom Foods accredited farm.

    A roadside view of the farm © National Trust
  2. Cross the field in a diagonal line to another black gate on the far left-hand fence. The field you're currently walking through is used to graze livestock for Wimpoles Home Farm.

  3. Once through the gate you'll be in one of the farms paddocks, home to the working shire horses. Cross over this paddock to the gate opposite. Exit near the phone box and cross the road - be careful, this road can get quite busy. Turn left and then right into the road with the wooden gates.

  4. Continue along this road, look to your left as you walk and notice the gothic tower. Go over the bridge and pass Cobbs Wood farm.

    Show/HideCobbs Wood lane

    Cobbs wood lane on a sunny day.

    Wimpole Cobbs Wood Lane © National Trust
  5. As you walk, notice the Halo chicken unit where our free range chickens can produce over 240 eggs a day. These eggs are sold in our shop. Keep going straight and then up the hill.

    Show/HideChicken unit

    Our Halo chicken unit is where our free range and organic Light Sussex hens and Goldline hens live. This is where they produce the rare breed eggs which are used by local National Trust restaurants and are available to buy in the main Stable Block shop.

    One of the free range Chickens at Wimpole © National Trust
  6. Sticking to the path and walking up the hill, the trees should appear to your left. Take the first left, which will be an opening into the forest belts.

    Show/HideForest belts

    The woodland belts were designed by landscape gardner, Lancelot Capability Brown as a frame for the gardens. There are a number of wildlife habitats including eight species of woodland bat. Check out the boards placed around the belts to find out more.

    Wimpole's Woodland © Tony Gardner
  7. Keep walking along the forest belt path and eventually you'll come to a crossing. Turn left, but if you'd like to see the viewpoint keep going and take the next left, then come back the way you came.

  8. Once youve taken the first left, walk down the hill towards the farm buildings (you'll be back at Cobbs Wood). At the end of the path turn right and go back the way you started the walk - towards the car park.

End: Wimpole Stable Block, grid ref: TL336509

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 3.2 miles (5km)
  • Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • OS Map: Landranger 154
  • Terrain:

    A well marked out route with a number of hills and gradients, once in the woodland belts the terrain can get muddy. Dogs are welcome under close control. There are dog litter bins situated near the stable block and in the car park.

  • How to get here:

    By foot: Wimpole way from Cambridge; Harcamlow Way

    By bike: Cycle path to entrance from Orwell (A603)

    By bus: Whippet 75 from Cambridge. Alight arrington, then 1 mile (1.6km) walk; return from Orwell, 2 mile (3.2km) walk

    By train: Shepreth, 5 miles (8km); Royston, with taxi, 8 miles (12.8km)

    By car: 8 miles (12.8km) south-west of Cambridge (A603), 6 miles (9.6km) north of Royston (A1198)

  • Facilities:

    • Parking : NT car park
    • Food and drink : Rectory Restaurant and Farm cafe.
    • Shopping : Shop selling local pottery, gifts, Wimpole rare breed meat and eggs.
    • WC's : In stable block.

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