Nine Wells

The Reserves

Nine Wells LNR

Off Granham’s Lane, Great Shelford, Cambridge (OS Explorer 209: 461542) View Multimap

Map of Barnwell East

How to get here


Access via footpath from Granham’s Rd (471543) or via permissive paths from Foster Rd (450547) or Granham’s Rd (465535)


Bus services in Cambridge


Located south of Addenbrookes Hospital this site is not accessible by car

Access Information

ParkingParking in layby (471543) on Granham’s Rd

Disabled Access Poor access, No parking on site

Management Plans Gallery

Nine Wells is a historically important site containing several chalk springs, which form the source of the Hobson Conduit. Previously a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) Nine Wells once contained some rare freshwater invertebrates, however following the drought of 1976 these were lost.

Today the chalk watercourses are being managed with the aim of re-creating the conditions favourable for a possible re-introduction of these rare species.

The Locality of Nine Wells means that it is only accessible via public and permissive paths but it is well worth a visit.

What to See When:


  • Flowing Chalk Streams
  • Cowslips and Violets
  • Warblers singing


  • Kingfishers feeding
  • Holly Blue and Speckled wood butterflies
  • Various flowers including Meadowsweet


  • Spindle in fruit
  • Changing colour of the trees


  • Channel management and woodland work
  • Running water on a freezing day!

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