Serving the communities of Bures St Mary and Bures Hamlet

The Peace and Tranquility of the Water Meadows


The Water Meadows as its name implies consists of a lush green meadow with a meandering stream running through its centre. This stream originates back in Arger Fen Wood, continues through the meadows on its way to join the River Stour near to Smallbridge Hall.

Location:-Ordnance Survey map reference TL920345
Walks: 2.0 miles from village
Conditions: Road, farm and grass track access
Access: This site is NOT suitable for wheelchair access.
Managed by:-
Probert Family. Great Bevills, Bures.
How to get there:-
By Road: Take the Assington Rd (Cuckoo Hill) out of Bures. At the top of Cuckoo Hill enter Fysh House Farm.
If you are not visiting St Stephens Chapel, please leave your vehicle in the farmyard and parked so that it does not hinder the farm traffic
Now continue through farm keeping to concrete road, past "Treesave" renovation works (right side) and follow the gravel drive.

When the driveway turns right to the Chapel, continue down the signposted footpath as shown to the left. Carry on down the footpath to the stile at the bottom. Over the stile and you are in the meadows.

You can follow this footpath across the meadows to another stile, which leads over the fields to Arger Fen.
This is a public footpath.

As its name implies, it can very wet underfoot.

Good footwear is essential. Extreme care should be taken in the proximity of the stream. Small children should be supervised.

The official footpath cuts directly across the meadow. It is well signposted and fenced.

The meadow itself is private property and should be respected.
Keep to the signposted path and DO NOT access the meadow

From the public footpath, the wildfowl is visible especially with binoculars
Artificial lake. This attracts water fowl together with swans, herons, moorhens etc.
Photographs taken 2011

Photographs taken 2015 before footpath restrictions - Photo right:- shows dam at the distant end to restrict water flow

This is Private Property, do not stray from the public footpath

Photographs taken 2019

All photographs© by Alan Beales Jan 2011 - 2019