Lugg meadows are the most important surviving Lammas Meadows in the UK.

Location

Near Lower House Farm, Ledbury Road
Tupsley
Herefordshire
HR1 1UT

OS Map Reference

SO 527 411
A static map of Lugg Meadow

Know before you go

Size
36 hectares

Walking trails

Access over Upper Lugg Meadow is unrestricted but do not walk in the growing hay between late April and July. In winter, the whole area may be flooded to a depth of over 1m. for long periods, and access becomes impossible or distinctly dangerous. Take care when walking near the river as there are vertical cliffs along its banks.

Access

Please contact the reserve for details on wheelchair accessibility. 

Dogs

No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

The meadow is open access land.

Best time to visit

All year round, but note the different conditions dependent upon season

About the reserve

Upper & Lower Lugg meadows are unique, being living survivors of a land tenure and farming economy system that has disappeared elsewhere. Dating back to the time before the Domesday Book, Lugg Meadow is the most important surviving Lammas Meadow (common meadows opened for communal grazing on Lammas Day, the 1st August) in the UK. Ownership of the meadow is still divided, though in medieval times this would have been between dozens of owners with the land doled out in strips, today these have become amalgamated and a handful of different owners own largish parcels of the land. Over 20 grass species are recorded here as well as a variety of herbaceous plants. Two special plants found here are the snake's head fritillary and the  narrow-leaved water dropwort - both nationally scarce. Lugg Meadow is part of the Lower Lugg Valley Living Landscape - click here for more information.  

Contact us

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01432 356872

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)