Magog Down

Car Park Opening Times

CURRENT: Summer opening:
beg April - late October    8am - 8pm

Winter opening:
late October - mid February:  8am - 5pm

Spring opening:
mid February - end March      8am - 6pm

Respect ALL On-lead signs -
for the enjoyment of all users

"But there are no sheep in the paddocks at the moment..."

This is a common retort we hear from those challenged for letting their dogs off the lead where signs clearly says otherwise.

uppermem_gate_315The on-lead rules are not just about sheep. On-lead areas provide a reliable refuge where non dog-lovers may for example sit and contemplate the view, without fear of having an unknown, inquisitive canine come and snuffle their knees unexpectedly.

Even if there are no other people around when you enter, PLEASE get in the habit of respecting ALL on-lead signs around this 163-acre, privately owned site. By doing so, you help to increase the enjoyment for all our many different types of visitors.
Thank you.

Finding Magog Down

Magog Down, off Haverhill Road, Stapleford, has a large signposted car park and cycle racks.  It is accessible by cycle and foot via the cycle track from the Babraham Road Park and Ride site (where there are toilet facilities) and from Stapleford on the multi-use path.

There is a bus stop near the entrance to Wandlebury with pedestrian access near the stop. For those with reduced mobility there are designated parking bays. The easy access path, opened by Prof Stephen Hawking in 1999, giving access to a superb viewpoint over Cambridge, is shown on the main noticeboard.

November 2017: Note that Google Maps currently shows the postcode as CB22 3AE, but that is wrong; the nearest postcode to Magog Down car park entrance is in fact CB22 5FX. See grid reference.

Our location

PLEASE USE THE PROPER GATES

In addition to the main car park entrance, there are pedestrian gates at either end of the Public Footpath which runs diagonally across the North Down: so one gate near Gog Magog Cottages on Haverhill Road, and the other gate is on the A1307, nearly opposite the entrance to Wandlebury, and close to the bus stop.

PLEASE do not climb over perimeter fences in your haste to take a short-cut to wherever you may be going!

We've seen damaged fences resulting from some people apparently taking short-cuts. Not only are the resulting fence repairs costly and time-consuming, the possibilty of dogs escaping onto the busy A1307 is a great worry.  Please stick to the official routes.

Parking charges

Parking has been free on Magog Down since the site was first opened to the public in 1991. Our car logger indicates an average of 200 vehicles per day visting the site all year round.

A ten-year grant from Natural England to provide free access finished in October 2018, and so in order to ensure that all visitors are contributing towards the upkeep of the site, a parking charge of £3 per day will be introduced, effective from 2nd January 2018.

Parking will remain free for Friends and Members whose subscriptions are up to date. Display of the current "I'm a Friend" car sticker will be required. To become a Friend, click on the link below.

Become a Friend

If you value Magog Down and would like to help keep it open for all to enjoy, why not contribute towards the costs of upkeep by making a donation or becoming a Friend? Friends also park for Free! (For other visitors, a daily charge of £3 is now in force.)

It costs £15 per year for an Individual to be a Friend, or £25 for a Family subscription (entitled to two car parking stickers); there is a Concession rate of £12 for individuals over 60. There is more information on our Join Us page, or just click on the links below to sign up.

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Magog Down is managed largely by Volunteers: Trustees who give their time freely, and many others who help with various practical tasks, whether as a regular commitment or on an occasional basis. Nevertheless, annual upkeep costs around £50-60,000, only a small portion of which is met by government grants.

Bag it and Bin it!

There are ten bins for dog waste dotted around the site, and these are emptied by our contractor twice a week. The contract does not include picking up "stray" poo from the paths - we rely on responsible owners to bag and bin it themselves.

Courtesy of DogsTrust: "Scooper Hero" poster competition winner

Thank you for taking the time to place your own dog's poo in these bins, and thus helping to keep the paths clear for all visitors.