Walking your dog at Wicken Fen

Dog walking on a lead

Wicken Fen welcomes all dogs and their humans. To make sure that everyone has an enjoyable visit, we have put together some tips for your day out with your four-legged friend.

We welcome all well-behaved dogs that are on a lead to the nature reserve. This makes Wicken Fen the perfect place for a walk, as you have acres to explore. Assistance dogs are allowed inside all of our buildings.

Why do dogs need to be on leads?

There are several reasons that we ask for dogs to be kept on leads, and one of the main reasons is for the safety of your and our animals. Wicken Fen is home to our grazing herds of konik ponies and highland cattle.  They roam freely in our open fen areas and are vulnerable if startled by dogs.

We also politely ask for all walkers to keep their dogs on leads for the comfort of other visitors, for the safety of the wildlife on the reserve, and the wellbeing of animals in the neighbouring fields.

Eating with your dog

There is outdoor seating at our Docky Hut Café for you to sit and enjoy some food with your four-legged friend. If the weather is soggy, you can enjoy your food and drink in the shelter of the Visitor Centre.

Throwing away the waste

We have several bins for you to dispose of your dog’s waste beside footpaths.  Our friendly Visitor Centre team will point you in the right direction.  They also love to offer dogs a dog biscuit to welcome them to the fen.