Cymbeline Meadows

A hidden gem I have fallen in love with.

The bridge which marks the access point to Cymbeline Meadow with the sun overhead reminds me of the Liberated Way logo.

The bridge which marks the access point to Cymbeline Meadows with the sun overhead reminds me of the Liberated Way logo.

It is great being in nature alone from other human beings. Despite living in Colchester for years I have only recently discovered a hidden gem of a place called Cymbeline Meadows, purchased, created and maintained by the Colchester Borough Council since 1988.  Most people miss this place, but this is great for me, as I can wander around in nature, thinking and creating without being disturbed by lots of human beings.

What a great place: with a pleasant river running through it; fields of happy cows; well maintained paths, with numerous picnic tables and seats; a wood planted in 1992 that transports you away via magical tunnels of verdant green with carpets of green lush grass.  Even the rabbits love this place on a hot day, splayed out on their fronts enjoying the sun.

Cymbeline Meadows is a place of history.  Crop markings and a small Roman fort indicates a major archaeological mystery awaits discovery beneath the ground.  The limited archaeological investigation indicates a strong bronze age presence.  Interestingly there is hardly any bronze age finds on the Colchester side of the Colne River but in Cymbeline Meadows onwards it is everywhere.

Part of the vast Iron Age defensive network of Colchester runs through Cymbeline Meadows towards the mysterious Iron Age hillfort and wood of Pitchbury.  The Pitchbury wood is another gem, a privately owned wood with its hidden springs and a theatre-like circle of oak trees an ancient druid would probably die for.  I have a dream of buying Pitchbury.  For a farm and the placing of dozens of beehives Cymbeline Meadows and Pitchbury would be a dream.


20 responses to “Cymbeline Meadows

  1. As one introvert to another, I enjoyed the meadow walk.

  2. Oo, get Time Team in there! Then get some beehives 🙂

  3. Other humans can be such an impediment to thinking. You are lucky to have such a refuge.


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  5. You stir some of my memories from a very long time ago!

  6. I can picture that meadow. I also like finding a spot where others haven’t found and just thinking.

  7. Having recently come across my own sacred places out of town, it is amazingly refreshing simply to get away from some of the bothersome city people and all their negative traits. .

    • Such places help us to recharge our batteries and face the demands of life. I am glad to hear you have your own sacred spots, everyone should have one or two places to go to.

  8. You want it badly enough,and you work for it,the universe has a way of giving you what you want.My guess,this will be yours one day.

  9. What a delightful read this was Alex! For a writer the discovery of an undiscovered gem as the Meadows is like striking gold. Indeed, I have a number of secluded places as this that I frequent where the surroundings inspire tremendous flows of energy and enlightenment while the muse runs rampant and the words flow like the River Thames!

    • Hi Don, Cymbeline Meadows is a beautiful hidden gem, and some of my best ideas emerged when I have been there. I feel everyone should have such places they can go to and be inspired. Thanks for stopping by.

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