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Get to know the Rothamsted Estate

Rothamsted is the home of a number of historical, agricultural experiments and projects that have changed the way farming is carried out around the world. Did you know that Rothamsted is the home of the world’s longest running arable experiment, the Broadbalk field experiment? Or that the suction traps used in a insect survey which has been providing samples of insects since 1964 is now used globally?

We have two trails for you to enjoy. The Rothamsted Science Trail and The Rothamsted Heritage Trail.

NB: Our fields and facilities are a working and living laboratory. Visitors to our outdoor laboratories are welcome. Please observe all onsite signage; keep to public access paths; dogs must be kept on leads at all times. The land that you walk takes in privately owned land owned by the Lawes Agricultural Trust, you are invited to walk here with consent, not as a right.

Choose from our 2 Walking Trails

Rothamsted Science Trail *** NEW ***

Our new Rothamsted Science Trail will help you understand more about Rothamsted. Pick up a hard copy from our pop-up café which is at the front of the Conference Centre.

Alternatively, download here:

The walk starts at our Pop-Up Cafe, where hot and cold drinks, and freshly cooked breakfast, lunch and snacks are served Monday to Friday 9am-3pm.

Please give us your feedback and share your photos on our Facebook or Instagram pages using hashtag #walkrothamsted

Rothamsted Science Trail - #Sustfest21 Quizzes

Walk our science trail for #SustFest21 and discover the amazing work that goes on inside our labs, glasshouses and fields.



During #Sustfest21, just click the links below to download and complete these two fun quizzes, by matching the quote with the posters that you will find along the walking trail route.

SUSTFEST Quiz 1 (Age 5-10 years)

SUSTFEST Quiz 2 (Age 11-16 years)

Then scan the QR code on the poster and watch the short video to answer the relevant question.

Take photos on your walk and share with others on social media! Tag us and use the #Sustfest21 hashtag!

Winnie The Pebble Worm

And don’t forget you can take part in our Pebble Worm! Get creative and design a pebble with a sustainability message. Head to the Rothamsted Cafe and you are welcome to enjoy painting pebbles at our Painting Station. Bring your own pebble or buy one from us.

When you’ve finished creating your pebble, add it to our pebble worm, Winnie, named in honour of the wonderful Rothamsted Research Scientist Dr Winifred Brenchley.

Take a picture and share it on social media. Tag us and use the #Sustfest21 hashtag!

We can’t wait for Winnie The Pebble Worm to come to life and to see what sustainability means to you all.

DATES: 22nd May – 6th June 2021

Rothamsted Heritage Trail

Enjoy learning about the history of Rothamsted with this walking trail. From the achievements of a far-sighted Victorian philanthropist, to an impressive old Manor House, to out cutting-edge science. Pick up a leaflet in our café, or download using the links below.

Download the walks here:

The walk starts and ends at Rothamsted Conference Centre, so why not complete your walk at the Rothamsted Restaurant and café, where hot and cold drinks, and freshly cooked breakfast, lunch and snacks are served Monday to Friday 9am-3pm.

Do let us know what you think of the walk and share your photos on our Facebook or Instagram pages using hashtag #walkrothamsted

Any questions?

Want to know more about the scientific research taking place at Rothamsted? Our team will be happy to help.