the hamptons peterborough The Hamptons, Peterborough

Crown Lakes Country Park

A park for all seasons

Whatever time of day or year you visit, the rich population of animal, bird, insect and plantlife means there's always something to see at Crown Lakes.

More than native 75,000 trees and shrubs were planted at Crown Lakes in 1997, when O&H Hampton set about transforming the abandoned brickworks site into a country park. With the help of ecologists they created a range of ideal habitats including ponds, wildflower areas, a bat roost and hibernation mound.

What you can do at Crown Lakes:

  • Cycle: Crown Lakes is on national cycle network route 12, and on the Peterborough cycling leisure route 5, offering an 11.5 mile route through the city’s green spaces
  • Walk: the well-maintained lakeside paths are also suitable for jogging. A lap of Crown Lakes is just over 1 mile, or extend your walk by following the Green Wheel from the east side of London Road. You can find walking routes at Crown Lakes on the walk4life website.
  • Organise: O&H Hampton is always keen to encourage community use of the public open spaces in the Hamptons, including at Crown Lakes. If your club wants to do something then please contact us.
  • Play: with Crown Lakes covering the equivalent of 88 football pitches, there’s plenty of space for informal games, from rounders to Frisbee.
  • Nature watch: wildlife you might see include muntjac deer, badger, squirrels, voles, woodmice, woodpeckers, tawny and short-eared owls, rare black hairstreak and grizzled skipper butterflies, lizards, newts, bats and more.
  • Saddle up: bridleways provided dedicated spaces for horses and their riders.
  • Picnic: choose a picnic table overlooking the water, or find your own secluded spot.

You can download an audio tour of Crown Lakes Country Park from Soundcloud. It's full of wonderful stories, insights and anecdotes to celebrate the rich history of the landscape, people and unique ecosystems of the area.