Walking

Walking trail

Wicken Fen - Monk's Lode and Wicken village walk, Cambridgeshire

Walking trail

Starting at the Wicken Fen visitor centre this walk takes you along Monk's Lode through areas of new wetland habitat and up into Wicken village. A very short detour will bring you to the Maids Head P.H.

Ideal for families.

Map

Wicken Fen short walk

Start:

Wicken Fen Visitor Centre, grid ref: TL5651070686

1

Take a look in the Visitor Centre to find out more about the wildlife and history of Wicken Fen. As you exit retracing your steps, Wicken Lode is on your right. Follow the path keeping the water to your right. Edmund's Fen & Wicken's Poor's Fen is on your left. Traditionally local villagers had the right to harvest sedge and peat from here.

2

Cross Monk's Lode at Norman's Bridge. Turn left after the bridge and follow the path. On your right is Baker's Fen, a good place to see wildfowl, lapwings, short-eared owls and Wicken's herds of konik ponies and highland cattle. When the gravel path comes to an end keep walking along the riverbank.

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Wicken Fen - Short Eared Owl in flight

3

You will come to a footbridge over Monk's Lode. Cross this bridge and continue along the hard path across a field towards Wicken village.

4

As you enter Wicken village the footpath turns to the left and the road straight ahead of you is Cross Green. If you would like to stop off for some refreshment at the Maid's Head P.H. take a short detour at this junction and go straight on along Cross Green until you come to the High Street (A1123), cross the road and the P.H. is directly ahead of you. If, however, you do not want to visit the Maid's Head P.H. take the footpath to the left, which passes Wicken Windmill. The footpath runs into Back Lane and eventually joins Lode Lane.

5

THIS STEP ONLY APPLIES TO THE DETOUR TO THE MAID'S HEAD P.H. After leaving the Maid's Head P.H. return to the High Street and cross over, then turn right.

6

THIS STEP ONLY APPLIES TO THE DETOUR TO THE MAID'S HEAD P.H. Walk along the High Street (ignore the first turning on the left which leads to Wicken Windmill), turn left into a small lane with a footpath sign for King's Way.

7

THIS STEP ONLY APPLIES TO THE DETOUR TO THE MAID'S HEAD P.H. After a short distance a footpath crosses the side street. Turn right onto the footpath which runs into Back Lane eventually meeting Lode Lane.

8

Turn left onto Lode Lane and follow the lane down to the Wicken Fen Car Park and Visitor Centre.

End:

Wicken Fen Visitor Centre, grid ref: TL5651070686

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Wicken Fen - Monk's Lode and Wicken village walk, Cambridgeshire

Terrain

Grass tracks, gravel paths, tarmac.

Wicken Fen - Monk's Lode and Wicken village walk, Cambridgeshire

Contact us

Wicken Fen - Monk's Lode and Wicken village walk, Cambridgeshire

How to get here

Address
Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, Lode Lane, Wicken, CB7 5XP
By train

Ely Railway station 9 miles.

By road

South of Wicken (A1123), 3 miles west of Soham (A142), 9 miles south of Ely, 17 miles north-east of Cambridge via A10.

Wicken Fen - Monk's Lode and Wicken village walk, Cambridgeshire

Facilities and access

  • Car park £3 NT members free, 150 yards; disabled parking bays outside main Visitor Centre
  • Toilets in main car park and next to Visitor Centre; disabled and baby-changing facilities in both toilet blocks.
  • Café selling drinks and hot and cold snacks.
  • Shop: Selling local crafts and wildlife books.
  • Cycle hire.
  • Picnics welcome.