Outdoor activities at Wicken Fen
There are activities for all ages and abilities at Wicken Fen. Whether you want to explore the nature reserve by bicycle or enjoy a peaceful cruise along the waterways, you'll find something to make your visit memorable.
Take a hike
Enjoy a gentle stroll on the undrained Sedge Fen around the all-weather Boardwalk Trail, which is pushchair and wheelchair-friendly. Both wildlife hides on the route also provide access for wheelchairs. Extend your walk on this easy-access choice by taking a turn around the Woodland Walk, also suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Please note, assistance dogs only are allowed in the Sedge Fen.
In the summer months, June-September, our Summer Nature Trail is open for the full 2.25 miles around the Sedge Fen. It's great for wildflowers and getting away from the crowds.
Alternatively, for a longer walk, grab your walking boots and head for one of the Adventurers' Fen Trails. Mix and match a number of route options, following Wicken, Monks and Burwell Lodes, the Lodes Way cycle route and other paths across the reserve. Discover the grazing herds, and see how the newer areas of the reserve are attracting wildflowers and waders back in numbers. Check in at the visitor centre for advice on routes.
National Cycle Network Route 11 runs through the wider reserve and offers plenty of options for short rides and longer adventures. Part of this route, the Lodes Way, takes you from Wicken, across Burwell Fen and on to Anglesey Abbey, which is 8 miles away in the village of Lode.
To discuss the best routes to suit you, telephone the visitor centre in advance of your visit using the number below. Bring your own bikes and park in the main car park on Lode Lane.
Cycle hire reopens 9 March 2024
- Please check with the Visitor Centre before you travel
Cycle hire opens daily at 10am, last hire 2:30pm for a return by 4:30pm.
We have a range of bikes available for hire including ebikes, trikes and children’s bikes. There’s no need to book for cycle hire unless you have specific requirements.
- Helmets are available, although do bring your own if you have one.
- Locks are available so that you can secure your bike whilst out on your ride.
Cycle hire rates (all rates are for two hours; additional hours are charged on return)
- Adult bike: £9
- Child bike: £5.50
- Adult bike with child seat: £9.50
- Trailer/tag: £15.50
- Tandem: £19.15
- E-bike: £14
New in – we now have dog trailers available for hire. £15.50 suitable for dogs up to 32kg – please bring your own blanket or pad for your dog to lie on.
Boat trips available from 9 March 2024
Sit back, relax and watch the world go by as you explore the beautiful fenland waterways on the Mayfly. The 50-minute trips run from March to October.
Our open boat is powered by a quiet electric motor, allowing you to enjoy the tranquility of the Fen. Our expert driver will be able to let you know about the wildlife on the day, point out features of the Fen, and answer questions about fenland waterways and drainage.
If you are visiting specifically for a boat trip it is advised to give us a call in advance to secure your seats, and to check trip times for your date. Generally boat trips will run daily: at 12 noon and 2pm midweek, and 11.15 am, 12.45pm and 2.15pm at weekends and on Bank Holidays. Please contact us on 01353 720274 for further details, times and to book. In the event of unfavourable weather, please call us to check if the boat is running.
- Adult £7, child £4, family £19.80 (two adults and two children)
- Pay on the day, in the Visitor Centre - non National Trust members please be aware, admission for Wicken Fen will also be required
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Dogs are not permitted on board (except assistance dogs)
Wicken Fen was the first nature reserve to be managed by the National Trust. Today it’s one of Europe's most important wetlands and home to over 9,000 species.
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