About Ewelme Watercress Beds

The hub of the British watercress industry in the 20th Century, Ewelme is a picturesque and historical 6.5 acre site which has been owned by the Chiltern Society since 1992 and is conserved beautifully by our volunteers.

Although the site was once an active watercress farm selling produce nationwide until 1988, it is now a nature reserve allowing the local wildlife population to thrive.

The unique aquatic habitat that has been created at Ewelme is a haven for a wide variety of rare and interesting British wildlife. In addition to the watercress, dozens of other plant species exist at Ewelme, further contributing to its natural beauty.

Nestled in the centre of the stunning village of Ewelme, this site is well worth a visit.


Directions (Google Maps): The Centre is alongside the stream half way along The Street, Ewelme between the Shepherds Hut Pub and the Village Hall. This is the upper part of site and has limited opening times, see below. The lower reserve is open at all times and the entrance is located off Benson Road.

Parking: There is no formal parking. Please park away from the Centre to avoid congestion. There is a car park at the Recreation Ground, Cow Common OX10 6PG.

Please make sure you park responsibly! 

Prior to visiting, download our Swyncombe Snowdrop walks leaflet for a local walk. There are also hundreds of other Chiltern Walks Leaflets for you to enjoy.

Please visit the Chiltern Society Directory for the Site Co-ordinator’s contact details.

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What you can spot…binoculars

Visit us…

How to find us

Ewelme Watercress Visitors Centre
The Street

Google Maps

White Coach No. 125

Cholsey Station (9.5km from site)

Opening times

Public parts of the reserve are free to visit and open all year.

Due to the current Covid-19 situation the visitors centre is currently CLOSED.

Usual visitor centre opening times:
May – September: At 2pm on the first Sunday each month.

October – April: At 10:30 on the first Sunday each month.