Festive Family Outdoor Escapes - Wicken Fen
We’ve got lots of ideas for a break from the indoors, whether you just want to pop out for a short walk, stretch your legs on a longer route, or just enjoy some family fun together.
Take a short stroll
Take a walk around the circular boardwalk route which is about ¾ of a mile in length and will take around 30-40 minutes to walk. There are a couple of hides to stop off in along the way, don’t forget your binoculars (or borrow some from the Visitor Centre) to watch out for marsh harriers, barn owls, muntjac deer, and other fen wildlife. Don’t miss the magnificent panorama from our new viewing platform: take the boardwalk past the metal wind pump and follow the signs, it's only a short distance away. If you are around just before dusk, you may see hen harriers come in to roost on the Sedge Fen.
Try a longer route
You can get a map from the Visitor Centre and head out on the Adventurers' Trail towards Baker’s Fen. This route is about 3 ½ miles and will take around 2 ¼ to 2 ½ hours. Once you have crossed the footbridge over Monk’s Lode, turn left to avoid the muddier route down the Wicken Lode, and follow the route around Baker’s Fen, keeping a look out for our grazing herds of Konik ponies and Highland cattle as you go. Once past Priory Farm, you will find a path to your right just before the car park. If you follow this path until you have gone past Baker’s Fen hide and Charlie’s hide, there is a path to your right (Moore’s Drove on your map) that will take you back across Baker’s Fen to the Visitor Centre. Do stop off at the hides on your way to see the waders and wildlfowl that enjoy the areas of standing water on this part of the fen.
Have some family fun
Don’t forget that we always have fun activities available in our Family Discovery Area in the Visitor Centre. Seasonal activities include: things to make indoors (robins and reindeer hats), and outdoor winter scavenger hunts and wildlife spotter sheets. Just outside the Visitor centre you will also find our willow tunnel, which is always popular with little ones.
Pop into the Docky Hut
Once you’ve enjoyed the crisp fen air, you may well be in need of some refreshment! As well as seasonal treats such as mince pies (gluten free mince pies are available), spiced orange muffins, spiced hot apple juice and gingerbread hot chocolate, we also have warming soup and hot pot to keep out the winter chill.
We wish you a wonderful festive season, and hope to see you for a winter walk soon.