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Oughtonhead Common Local Nature Reserve

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27 ha Local Nature Reserve in North Hitchin containing 3 points of intrest

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Water Habitat

Man made pond dug to water cattle

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Viewing Platform

Viewing Platform

Viewing platform over wetland with wood sculpture

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Water mill


Westmill is now a private residence but a public footpath runs past the building

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Park Information

Oughtonhead Common is a Local Nature Reserve with a wide variety of wildlife habitats and countryside walks. The River Oughton flows alongside the common. Park seats are installed at various locations making it a pleasant place to relax and enjoy. The common is divided into compartments where English Longhorn Cattle can be seen to graze. The compartments give you the option to either walk with the cattle or avoid them.

This reserve has been awarded a Green Flag.  The Green Flag award scheme is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK.

The common has a number of disabled access routes.

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On Site Facilities

  • Car Park (Free)Car Park (Free) icon
  • Disabled AccessDisabled Access icon
  • Dogs WelcomeDogs Welcome icon
  • Pushchair Friendly PathsPushchair Friendly Paths icon

How to get here


There is a small free car park at Swinburne Avenue Playing Fields. Directions here. There is also on street parking in Burford way directions here

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There is a bridle path along the river which allows cycling

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