Hunsdon and Eastwick Meads
Know before you go
Parking informationThere is no official parking, the nearest place to park is Roydon rail station.
Between March and July please do not walk across or into the Mead itself until the hay is cut. Trampling damages the plants and also reduces the value of the grass as hay for the farmer. During this period please keep to the towpath or walk in single file along the permissive path beside the River Stort.
Grass paths. The towpath running alongside the reserve can be suitable for wheelchairs and buggies but there are some steps on the tracks around the reserve.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
The larger site, Hunsdon Mead, is an area of common land between the River Stort and the Stort Navigation and offers valuable unimproved grassland. In April and Ma,y both meadows are yellow with cowslip and marsh marigold, turning pink and purple with ragged robin and black knapweed in the summer. Rare green-winged orchids flourish here.
Spring: Buttercup, cowslip, cuckoo flower, skylark.
Summer: Green-winged orchid, meadowsweet, ragged-robin, yellow rattle.
Autumn/ Winter: Fieldfare, golden plover, lapwing, redwing.
Site entrance: Entrance is via River Stort towpath.
Access by road: From Stanstead Abbotts take B181 Roydon Road for one mile. Park at Roydon rail station and walk for one mile along the Stort Navigation towpath towards Harlow to reach the reserve.
Access by public transport
Bus: 380, 381, 382, 391 – Telephone Exchange, Epping Rd (1.5 miles).
Rail: Roydon (1 mile).