The Pennings is an area of water meadows adjacent to the River Dove located on the outskirts of Eye. There is a small surfaced car park with a picnic area and a short length of surfaced riverside path. Most of the site is managed as a ‘hay meadow’ and in the summer months there are abundant flowers and insects to be seen. A small pond has been recently restored and seating provides quiet spots to take in the views. New signs inform the visitor about the wildlife to look out for on site.
Keep a look out for Kingfisher and Water Vole along the River Dove, whilst Otter are rare visitors to the area.
The meadows are typical of the former meadows that still partly surround the 'Island of Eye.' In winter these often flood, covering the grassland with several feet of water..
A walk around the site takes no more than 30minutes but there are plenty of longer walks into the surrounding countryside and along the River Dove. Both the Mid Suffolk Footpath and ‘Eye Country Walk’ pass the site entrance.