Aylestone Meadows is home to a great variety of wildlife. Long Horn cattle graze on during the summer months, reinforcing this feeling of a long lost rural idyll.
Aylestone Meadows is our largest local nature reserve, and its natural habitats support a rich diversity of plant and animal life. Scarce plants such as slender spike rush, tubular water dropwort, marsh arrow grass, ragged robin and lady’s smock all feature on the site. Fauna such as Otters, swans and badgers make their home here.
The Great Central Way (formerly part of the Great Central Railway) forms part of Sustrans national cycle route 6. This four-mile pathway is ideal for walkers, horse riders and cyclists. Partly tarmacked, the level surface is ideal for those who have mobility restrictions or young cyclists gaining confidence. Many other pathways lead off around other areas of Aylestone Meadows, including the canal towpath and boardwalk.
Aylestone Meadows forms the southern end of the Leicester riverside that stretches through the heart of the city to Watermead Country Park in the north.
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