Lodes Way

Route Details

  • To/From: Wicken to Bottisham
  • Distance: 9 miles
  • Terrain: Largely traffic free with some short on road sections.  The section from Lode village to Bottisham has a cycle way beside the road.
  • Access: Cambridge and Waterbeach Train Stations
  • National Cycle Network: National Route 11

Route Description

The Lodes Way is a 9 mile route from the stunning Wicken Fen Nature Reserve to Bottisham, and forms part of National Route 11.  The Cambridgeshire Lodes comprise six historic manmade waterways connecting fen edge villages to the River Cam. They have a fascinating history and their origin and purpose has been much debated by archaeologists. The Lodes were most likely designed for water management, ensuring that excessive spring and summer water did not flood the rich grazing land between the villages and the River Cam. They were probably built by the monasteries at Ely and Ramsey which in the late Saxon period acquired land in this area.

Wicken Fen, one of Europe's most important wetlands, supports an abundance of wildlife. There are more than 8,500 species, including a spectacular array of plants, birds and dragonflies. The raised boardwalk and lush grass droves allow easy access to a lost landscape of flowering meadows, sedge and reedbeds, where you can encounter rarities such as hen harriers, water voles and bitterns.

The Lodes Way has been made possible with financial support from Sustrans, via a £50 Million grant from the Big Lottery Fund's Living Landmarks: won as a result of the People's Millions public vote in 2007.  Other partners who have generously contributed to the development of the Lodes Way include Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridgeshire Horizons, Department for Communities and Local Government, Environment Agency and Natural England.


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Bike hire:

You can hire bikes at Wicken Fen. Cycle hire is open daily between 10am - 5pm (last hire 3pm).   

Extending the route:

The Lodes Way is signed using blue national cycle network signs; links to nearby villages and to National Route 51. From Wicken the Lodes Way links to Ely and from Bottisham you can reach Cambridge.

Things to see and do

  • Wicken Fen
  • River Cam
  • Anglesey Abbey
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The Lodes Way is a 9 mile route from the stunning Wicken Fen Nature Reserve to Bottisham, and forms part of National Route 11. 

9 miles