Ely to Wicken Fen

Route Details

  • From - to: Ely Cathedral to Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve
  • Distance: 9 miles
  • Type: Mostly traffic-free
  • Access: Ely train station
  • Surface: Tarmac with a short section of stone farm track

Route Description

Leaving Ely, you follow a traffic-free path alongside the River Great Ouse. The route takes you through the tiny village of Barway, past the famous ghostly Spinney Abbey and Soham Mere before reaching the Wicken Fen Visitor Centre.

An internationally important wetland, Wicken Fen is home to a wide range of wildlife including wild ponies, otters, dragonflies, rare butterflies and birds. There are many wildlife trails and hides around the reserve and the Wicken Fen Visitor Centre features a wealth of information about the reserve, its history, importance and future.

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Starting at the impressive Ely Cathedral, known as the ‘Ship of the Fens', this route takes you across the uncluttered landscape of the fens to Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve.

9 miles