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Attraction in Stanstead Abbotts

Rye Meads Nature Reserve
Rye Meads Visitor Centre
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Stanstead Abbotts

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For a fantastic day out for all the family, visit this delightful wetland reserve beside the River Lee.

Rye Meads is a favourite with walkers, birdwatchers and photographers too. There are wheelchair-friendly trails, and 10 hides (come just to see the amazing murals!), look out over the reedbeds, wet meadows, open water and artificial sandbanks, which are a great place to spot the blue flash of a kingfisher.

Our network of trails and hides provide excellent views of wildlife that can be seen by eye, enabling everyone, especially children to see wildlife.

The reserve is open 7 days a week between 10 am and 5 pm, or dusk if earlier, except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day when the reserve is shut.

Entrance is free! There has never been a better way to get closer to the nature on your doorstep!


Months Open: All year, daily, 1000-1700, or dusk, if earlier.
Closed 25,26 Dec.
Groups/Parties Welcome: Yes - Please pre-book
Admission Price: Free

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