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Car Park Opening Times

CURRENT: Spring opening:
mid February - end April      8am - 6pm

Summer opening:
beg May - late October    8am - 8pm

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


Bag it and Bin it!

There are nine 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.

25 years on - how it began

The project started in 1989 when the land came on the market; the price of the land was £327,000. The Magog Trust was formed, and purchased the land in September 1989; it then initiated a programme of reclamation and development for long term conservation and recreation.
... Now, with average annual expenditure in the region of £90,000, continued support is required so that the work goes on...For much more on the history and background, go to 'About'

User Survey Summary

In July 2014 we surveyed visitors one weekday morning between 8am and 10.30am. During this period:

  • 42 visitors (cars) were logged
  • 38 of these were dog walkers
  • all but 2 were regular visitors
  • only 12 of the dog walkers were Members or Friends.

We would like all regular visitors to Magog Down to help contribute to the costs of upkeep by either becoming a Friend or, if they prefer, just making a donation. This form allows you to do either. Thank you.

Next Working Party

The next Volunteers' working party will be on Wednesday 4th April, 2018. Tasks yet to be decided, led by Rangers Claire and Nick Beale.

Meet at 2 pm in the car park and bring stout boots and gloves.

All Welcome!

The Magog Trust says farewell to two eminent scientists

johnsulston_180We were so very sorry to hear of Sir John Sulston’s death. Not only a long-standing Member and supporter of The Magog Trust, he had become quite a regular at our monthly working parties on Magog Down (pictured here in February 2017, enthusiastically helping to clear grass cuttings from the Villedomer Wood margin). His good humour and practical nature will be sorely missed by all of us who knew him.

It was sad news too just a week later to learn of the death of Prof Stephen Hawking.  He had been a Patron of The Magog Trust for a number of years.  In June 1998, he opened the easy access path from the disabled parking bays on Magog Down, to the top of Little Trees Hill.  It gave him enormous pleasure to see Cambridge spread before him. stephenhawking_onpath_453

Bird Group meeting

N.B. There will be no Bird walk in February.
The next walk will be on 17th March 2018.

Meet in the car park at 8.30am. If the weather is very poor, it may be delayed until the next Saturday. All welcome, sorry no dogs.

Magog Down – a unique area for restoration and conservation

The Magog Down is an area for restoration, conservation and informal recreation on the Gog Magog Hills just south of the boundary of the City of Cambridge, off the A1307 road to Linton and on Haverhill Road, Stapleford.

Magog Down is owned and managed by the Magog Trust who bought it in 1989. It covers 163.5 acres of previously intensively farmed arable land. It is freely open to all, all year round.

It has two meadows sown with wild flowers and grasses native to chalk grassland. Six woods, planted between 1990 and 1992, with 24,000 native British trees. It is seeing the return of ground-nesting birds, like the skylark, and native flowering plants like the cowslip...read more

A community space for all to enjoy

Some of the activities enjoyed at the Magog Down include:

  • Fun for all the family - From flying kites and picnics in the summer to the toboggan runs of winter, the Down is just the place for a family day out all year round
  • Health & recreation - Whether out for a stroll, a walk with the dog or a slightly more energetic jog, the rolling fields and stunning views make this the perfect setting.
  • Flora and fauna - With a wealth of native trees, shrubs, meadow grasses, flowers and associated wild life, this restoration area is a must whether you are a keen amateur or a seasoned enthusiast.
  • Agricultural use - About one-third of the land is farmed under a standard arable crop rotation by contractors. Sheep are grazed in the paddocks on the South Down. Part of the site is managed under Entry Level Stewardship and part under Higher Level Stewardship under the guidance of Natural England.This helps in the overall aim of the project - to recreate a chalk grassland typical of more than a century ago.

Snow returns to Magog Down!

For the first time in nearly five years, this part of the world had a light covering of snow and the locals were quick to take advantage of Magog Down's handy hill for some snowy Sunday fun on their sledges.

snow_10dec2017_crop_453North Down swarming with happy sledgers, Sunday 10th December.
Photo by Kathleen Foreman.

Second Dog Exercise Area now open

dogs_fairfield_250A section of the North Down near to the car park has been newly fenced off in order to create a second area for off-lead exercise for dogs.  For the time being, a short section of the familiar perimeter path nearby will now be closed off to allow recovery.

We hope our many dog walking visitors enjoy this variation, to complement the existing Fair Field area which has become so popular.  Explanatory map and more details in our News article.

Follow us on Twitter

larrybird2_60We now have a Twitter account, you can follow us there for news and updates.

Bags of Help at Tesco

During January and February we were one of three charities looking to receive money from the local "Bags of Help" scheme. Supporters voted for us using their blue tokens in any of the Tesco stores in and around Cambridge. Thank you.tescobagshelpsmaller
See more about the project in this News item. We will update here when we know how much we receive from this.

Other News Highlights

Sponsor the Boardwalk

giftaidappicon_60The Jane's Piece Boardwalk is hailed as a welcome addition, and we invite donations  read more...

Counting Butterflies

commonblues_mating_60Detailed results of the latest butterfly monitoring and method used are now available read more...

Ash Dieback update

ash_dieback_thumbnail_60This disease has swept East to West across Europe, affecting the woods in Magog Down read more...

The Big Scoop

big_scoop_logo_60Volunteers collected un-bagged dog poo, and why you should NOT "Stick and Flick" it here! read more...

Woodland Thinning

woods_for_webagm_square_60Upper Memorial Wood undertook its programmed thinning in January read more...

Countryside Code reminder

countrysidecodelogo2_60In November we reminded visitors about "keeping dogs under effective control" read more...

Join us


It costs around £60,000 per year to maintain the accessible parts of Magog Down, including the Ranger service, twice-weekly dog-bin emptying, regular grass cutting, fence and gate repairs, and forestry activities (not counting the cost of farming our arable section).

Grants and investment income do not fully meet these costs, so the Magog Trust looks for additional support from each visitor to the Down. Please become a Friend to help us look after this special piece of countryside, year after year.

"The Gog": Farm Shop and Cafè

Sitting on the A1307 opposite the turning to Magog Down is The Gog Farm Shop and café where you are welcome to have a rest and a drink.

This neighbouring business is totally separate from Magog Down, despite Google sometimes conflating the two!