Four Lodes Trail, Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire
Explore part of Wicken Fen following the four Lodes that border Adventurers' Fen. This new trail is a great walk for catching a glimpse of our grazing herds including our Konik ponies and Highland cattle. You can also stop off at one of the hides to look for bittern, waterfowl and marsh harriers.
The waterways of Wicken Fen
For the majority of this walk you'll follow Monks Lode, Burwell Lode, Reach Lode and Wicken Lode. May not be suitable for buggies.
Wicken Fen Visitor Centre
Starting at the visitor centre, Wicken Lode will be on your right. Follow the path, which is National Cycle Network route 11 (NCN11), keeping the water to your right. Wicken’s Poors’ Fen is on your left. This is common land from where, traditionally, local villagers had the right to collect sedge and peat.
Wicken Fen visitor centre at Wicken, Ely, Cambridge.
Cross Monk’s Lode at Norman’s Bridge then turn left and continue on NCN11 with the lode on your left.
Turn right to continue following the cycle route; you’re now walking across Baker’s Fen. Look out for our grazing herds of Highland cattle and Konik ponies. We use Konik ponies and Highland cattle to graze the scrub, keeping the landscape open, and creating wetland habitats. They’re free to roam across a large area, but you should be able to spot them at some point on your walk.
Pass Priory Farm on your right and when you reach Burwell Lode, turn right, following the path by the side of the lode with the water to your left.
When you reach the junction with Wicken Lode, turn right just before the wooden footbridge, and follow Wicken Lode with the water on your left. You will pass the Tower Hide on the opposite bank. Continue along this path until you reach the bridge across Monk's Lode again and then head back to the visitor centre. Both the shop and the Docky Hut are open from 10:00am.
This is the tallest hide on the reserve which was renovated and re-thatched in recent years.
Wicken Fen shop, Docky Hut and Visitor Centre
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