Ely to Wicken Fen

Starting at the impressive Ely Cathedral, known as the ‘Ship of the Fens’, this route takes you across the uncluttered landscape of the Cambridgeshire fens to Wicken Fen Nature Reserve, an internationally important wetland habitat and home to more than 9000 species.

The historic Fenland city of Ely is home to one of the most important cathedrals in England, known locally as the ‘Ship of the Fens’. Also worth a visit is Oliver Cromwell’s House and there are two museums.

Leaving Ely (where bike hire is available), you follow a traffic-free path alongside the River Great Ouse. The route takes you through the tiny village of Barway and past Soham Mere before reaching the National Trust’s Wicken Fen Nature Reserve.

One of Europe’s most important wetlands, Wicken Fen is home to an abundance of wildlife including dragonflies, rare butterflies and birds including rarities such as bitterns and hen harriers. Grazing herds of Highland cattle and Konik ponies are helping to create a diverse range of new habitats.

There are many wildlife trails and hides around the reserve and the Wicken Fen Visitor Centre contains a wealth of information. There are cycle trails, boat trips and even a ‘back to basics’ campsite.

Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

Please help us protect this route

The Ely to Wicken Fen route is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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