LCT Reserves

Langdyke’s reserves – an introduction


Each of Langdyke’s reserves has it’s own distinct and diverse feel about it.

They are all centred in the main around the tiny village of Etton and its larger neighbour Helpston.






In the eastern area of Langdyke country  the three reserves are all in a strip of land between the villages of Etton and Maxey.

Etton-Maxey nature reserve is the largest area  the countryside trust maintains.  A former site for gravel extraction it sits alongside the current area being worked by Tarmac. It is grazed all year round by sheep.

Etton High Meadow consists of a barn, a series of paddocks, a community orchard with more than 70 fruit trees and six allotments for local residents to use.

Directly opposite on the other side of the Etton road is Vergette Wood Meadow – the latest reserve to join the Langdyke family.  It is a mix of meadow land and flooded woodland. A project is underway to encourage Turtle Doves to use it.

In the western section the main reserve is Swaddywell – a quarry since Roman times – which was rescued from a variety of uses (including a race track) by Langdyke in 2003.

On the edge of the nearby village of Helpston is the Torpel Manor site. The  grassy meadow hides a rich history from Roman times, to a Norman castle, then a medieval manor and settlement with royal connections.

Nearby in on the edge of the village of Bainton is the unique Bainton Heath reserve – a twenty acre site owned by National Grid and sadly not open to the public.

Etton Maxey Etton Meadow Vergette Wood

Swaddywell Torpel Bainton Heath