This rural area of Peterborough has a long and special history. So special we wrote a book about it. 'The 5 Parishes Journal, their people and places'. A history of Castor, Ailsworth, Marholm, Upton and Sutton - and the Milton Estates.
Please come and explore this special area and surrounding countryside, click on the links below to download guides for two walks:
The area has three unique features:
Castor Hanglands is an 89.8 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest west of Peterborough It is also a National Nature Reserve, and a Nature Conservation Review site, awarded Grade I for its woodlands and Grade 2 for its grassland. It is common land managed by Natural England.
Castor Hanglands has ancient ash and maple woodland and unspoilt grassland and scrub. Natural England describes it as valuable for invertebrates, including some rare species. Its ponds and ditches have a variety of aquatic wildlife including the warty newt.