Visiting Wicken Fen with your dog

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 and access information for your day out with your four-legged friend.

Where can my dog go?

We love dogs at Wicken Fen and they are welcome in the wider nature reserve. There are miles of paths to explore around Baker's, Adventurers' and Burwell Fens and beyond. See our map or speak to a member of our friendly visitor welcome team for more information. Assistance dogs are allowed inside all of our buildings.

Dogs on a short lead are welcome inside the Visitor Centre and shop, as well as the café when you are choosing and ordering your food.  Please use one of our picnic benches if eating with your dog though. (Inside seating may also be available in the Visitor Centre for enjoying your café food with your dog).

As there are grazing animals across the site as well as wildlife please keep your dog on a short lead. 

Where can't my dog go?

Assistance dogs only on the Sedge Fen for pre-booked visits, as it is home to a number of delicate and protected species.

Please do not let your dog jump in the water, as nests are easily disturbed.

Our Fen Cottage is too small for your dog to visit with you - but we welcome them in the garden, where they can easily be secured while you pop inside.

What do I need to be aware of at Wicken Fen Nature Reserve?

To make sure everyone has an enjoyable day please follow our Canine Code:

  • Take the lead: help reduce the chance of your pup disturbing wildlife by keeping them on a lead.
  • Scoop that poop: bag it and bin it to keep your favourite places beautiful. 
  • Paws for thought: look out for information signs and take extra care near livestock.
  • Be on the ball: not everyone loves dogs, so keep them close by.

Facilities available for my dog

There are water bowls outside the Visitor Centre and the Docky Hut Café. There are dog bins opposite the boat house and adjacent to the Harrison's Drove car park. Doggy treats are available from the Visitor Centre.