Wicken Fen - Summer Nature Trail, Cambridgeshire

Walking trail

Enjoy the wildlife in this unique habitat on an easy walk. Visit 3 wildlife hides including the 10 metre Tower Hide, with commanding views across the reserve. Suitable for active walkers and families.

Map

Map or Wicken Fen Nature Trail

Start:

Wicken Fen Visitor Centre, grid ref: TL5651070686

1

Starting from the back of the Visitor Centre turn right onto the boardwalk, heading towards the wind pump.

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View of the entrance to Wicken Fen visitor centre.

2

Follow the boardwalk in the direction of the wind pump. Before the advent of steam and diesel pumping engines, wind-pumps were the main method used to drain turf pits and fields.

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Wicken Fen - Sedge Fen with Windpump in background

3

Continue ahead on the Boardwalk trail until you reach the Roger Clarke hide to your right.

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Wicken Fen -  Kingfisher on a branch

4

Follow the path past the hide towards the Woodland Walk. The path takes you past the old brick kilns and through the bog oak field.

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Wicken Fen - Painted Lady butterfly

5

At the gate to the rear of the bog oak field, turn left following the nature trail sign.

Step 5 Wicken Fen Summer Trail

6

When you come to the point at which several paths cross, turn right following the nature trail sign.

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Wicken Fen Summer Trail step 6

7

Follow the path along Mitchell's drove, with Spinney Bank on your right, until you come to the Pump House where the Trail turns sharp left. The engine in the pump house drains water from surrounding farmland into the dyke.

8

Follow the trail south with Drainers Dyke on your right. On your left you will pass a tower hide built in 2001. This hide provides views over Verrall's Fen.

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Drainers Dyke

9

Follow the path past a stand of Birch trees. Birch and alder are home to countless insects and are favored woodpecker nest sites. Continue past Gardener's Drove until to come to a waterway. Turn left.

Konik Ponies at Drainer's Dyke

10

Tower Hide - the path passes another tower hide on the left. This hide was built in the 1950's and it overlooks the Mere and Adventurer's Fen.

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Wicken Fen tower hide

11

Sedge Fen - on your left you will pass a working sedge field, with strips cut every three years in summer. The trail follows the drove along the waterway (or Lode) past a metal wind pump which draws calcium-rich water from Monks Lode and pumps it into ditches to irrigate Sedge Fen. Continue back to the Visitor Centre.

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Wicken Fen - sunset over Sedge Fen

End:

Wicken Fen Visitor Centre, grid ref: TL5651070686

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Wicken Fen - Summer Nature Trail, Cambridgeshire

Terrain

A well-signed route along wide grassy paths which can be muddy. Some sections may be closed in wet weather to protect the fauna in this special habitat – please check at the Visitor Centre before setting off. There are many other routes at Wicken Fen, including a Boardwalk Trail, accessible for wheelchairs, year round. Take care near waterways and ponds. Dogs on leads welcome. Please clean up after your dog.

Wicken Fen - Summer Nature Trail, Cambridgeshire

Contact us

Wicken Fen - Summer Nature Trail, Cambridgeshire

How to get here

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

Ely 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.

By bicycle

NCN11 from Ely; Lodes Way from Anglesey Abbey and local villages

Wicken Fen - Summer Nature Trail, 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.