Greystones Farm - Explore

Explore

GWT coronavirus update: during this difficult time, we know how important it is to get outdoors for fresh air, exercise and to immerse yourself in nature.
Please help us keep our outdoor spaces open to everyone for as long as possible by:

Maintaining social distancing – please avoid being within two metres of other visitors and avoid gathering in groups at play equipment, view points, and seating areas.

The cafe at Greystones is now open! We are serving tasty treats and a cracking cuppa between 10am and 4pm Thursday through Sunday. Please do pop in and say hello! We are serving take-away style from the hatch to maintain our staff and customer safety; there is outside seating available, or you are welcome to take your food and drinks for a picnic but please leave no trace! The toilets are also open whenever the cafe is open.

Greystones is one of the most important nature reserves in the country and provides a great day out for families. We carefully manage the land to ensure that wildflowers thrive and we are proud that Greystones is nationally recognised because of this. Our hay meadows support a stunning range of wildlife and wildflowers in the spring and summer.

Crickley Hill (C) Leigh Cousins

Leigh Cousins

Greystones Farm walking trails

Follow the suggested trails – The Wildlife Walk or Time Travel Trail - to see the best of Greystones’ wildlife, archaeology and views. 

The trail maps are available to purchase below or in our café. But please do ask the café or reserve team for top tips or directions if needed.

The Wildlife Walk

Time Travel Trail

Discovery Barn

Open daily, during café opening hours, the Discovery Barn (part funded by Grundon Waste Management and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development) is the perfect starting point for exploring Greystones Farm.  

You can learn about Greystones by watching the short video, see barn owls in their nest through live camera recording, touch a model of the Iron Age Hillfort, look at the archaeological finds from the Roman Era, test your knowledge through the quiz or dress up as an Iron Age dweller.

In the courtyard you can marvel the aquatic wildlife in the pond, try to milk Maude - our replica cow, sit on the tractor or just enjoy the colourful display of wildlife flowers and grasses carefully tended by our garden volunteers.

The Discovery Barn can be found opposite the café in the main courtyard. The Barn is fully wheelchair accessible.

Fancy hiring the Discovery Barn for a group event or meeting? Please contact the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust team for details and availability: info@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk.

Wild Play

There are two Wild Play areas on the reserve. One is opposite to the roundhouse where children can climb carved wooden structure and another one is on the Green Lane. Please download our seasonal Wild Play guides for more ideas!

Explorer packs

For those who wish to explore the river, we have family explorer packs available for hire in the Café between 10am and 3pm. The pack contains river explorer kit, instructions and a wildlife guide.. The cost of one pack is £3.

Oxfordshire Way

The Oxfordshire Way runs through Greystones. For more information and map download please see here.