Wilbraham River Protection Society

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Dates for your diary

24th June 2018:
Fulbourn Feast, organised by Fulbourn Forum. WRPS will have a stand. Details to be confirmed.

1st July 2018:
Wilbraham River Walk, details below

This year, on Sunday July 1st, the annual river walk organised by Wilbraham River Protection Society (WRPS) will be tracking the route of The Wilbraham River, from Anglesey Abbey to its final destination into the River Cam at Bottisham Lock. The river, as many of you know, rises from a natural spring at The Temple in Great Wilbraham and the Society has been organising an annual guided walk for friends and supporters along various sections of its route to The River Cam. Full details of the walk and other dates for your diary below.

The walk will start at Anglesey Abbey car park (at the gates to the overflow car park) and will follow the river from Lode water mill to Bottisham Lock, where it enters the River Cam. The walk will be on public footpaths and for one mile on a small public road. See map below.

2018 WRPS Walk Map

We will meet at 13.45 at the gates to the overflow car park and leave the watermill at 14.00.

We expect that the walk will take about two and a half hours finishing around 16.30 at the Anglesey Abbey car park. There is a National Trust tea room there and we hope participants may enjoy tea together after the walk. The tea room closes at 17.30.

Please note the following important points if you are considering whether to come:

Parking is available at Anglesey Abbey. The walk is five and a half miles long. The walk returns on a similar route to Anglesey Abbey.

It is possible to park at two places on the route to minimize the walk distance and there will be some availability for lifts back to Anglesey Abbey for those unable to walk the whole distance. Please let us know in advance if this may apply to you.
Dogs are welcome on leads.
The walk will be guided and we ask you to stick to the route at all times.
You will be walking in open countryside and farmland on marked track – some of it may be boggy. There is little shade. Please bring appropriate footwear and clothing to suit these conditions.
There may be cattle in the fields that we cross.
Care is required and dogs and children must be supervised. Committee members will be available to help.
Please try to keep close to others on the walk.
Please take care when walking on the road – there are grassy verges but no footpath.
Please stay a safe distance from the river at all times.
The walk is not suitable for buggies, small toddlers or those with restricted mobility.

We are sorry there seems such a list; however walkers must accept that they come at their own risk.
If you would like to join us, please contact Jane Gaskell: gaskelljfm@gmail.com Telephone 07711 341203 as soon as possible but at the latest by Monday 25th June. We would be pleased to see you all for what is usually a most enjoyable afternoon.

About Wilbraham River
Wilbraham River rises at The Temple Spring in Great Wilbraham, flowing under the bridge on Wilbraham Road, up onto the common, across Hawk Mill Farm continuing on to Quy, Anglesey Abbey and beyond. Its banks provide delightful riverside walks for the enjoyment of local people. Two Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) abut the river – Great Wilbraham Common and Wilbraham Fen. Part of the river is also a County Wildlife Site.
Survey of the Wilbraham River

Wilbraham River

Survey of the Wilbraham River
A section of the Wilbraham River from its source at Temple Springs, downstream to where it crosses the A1303, was surveyed using the National Rivers Authority (NRA) standard River Corridor Survey methods. Staff and volunteers from The Cambridgeshire Wildlife Trust, on behalf of the Wilbraham River Protection Society (WRPS), carried out the survey. Click here to access the survey

Wilbraham River Corridor Survey

Wilbraham River Protection Society

If you are interested in the river and would like to become a “Friend” of the Society please contact the Chairman, Brian Jackson at C.882362 or bjay5@btinternet.com or our Secretary, Rebecca Lomas at C 811189 or bex@drcr.infor with contact details.

Click on the link below for an interesting article about WRPS which originally appeared in The Wilbrahams’ Warbler

WRPS-Article for the Warbler