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Wicken Fen - Village Explorer Cycle Route

Cycling trail

Learn about fen life and history by riding though local villages and visiting their museums, churches and archaeological sites.

A view of Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve

Map

Map of Wicken Fen - Village Explorer Cycle Route

Start:

Wicken Fen Visitor Centre

1

Follow signs for the National Cycle Route 11 south from the Wicken Fen Visitor Centre, with Wicken Lode waterway on your right. Cycles can be hired at the Cycle Hire Centre opposite the Visitor Centre.

2

Continue to follow National Cycle Route 11 - follow the route through a sweeping left turn and over a low bridge, turn left after crossing the bridge.

3

Continue to follow National Cycle Route 11 - when the cycle-way divides, take the right fork and then follow the route though a sharp right turn. Ride in a straight line (over two cattle grids) until you reach Priory Farm on your right.

4

At Priory Farm turn left onto road, leaving cycle route 11.

5

Continue on this road (Little Fen Drove) until you come to Burwell. Turn right onto North Street. Continue to head south on North Street past the Anchor P.H and the The Fox P.H. North Street seamlessly becomes The Causeway and then The High Street. In Burwell there is the earthwork remains of Burwell Castle, built in 1143 and the Burwell Museum and Windmill. Continue along the High Street past St. Mary's Church.

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Remains of Burwell Castle, Cambridgeshire

6

Leaving Burwell, turn right onto Reach Road. Follow this road until you come to Reach.

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A tarred brick and clunch (a local hard chalk-like stone) tower mill built in 1820 and working until around 1955.

7

Entering Reach take the left turn at the Dyke's End P.H. across the village green, then left again onto the Swaffham Road. Follow this road until you come into Swaffham Prior.

8

Carry straight onto Lower End road which then becomes High Street. Turn right onto Station Road, after a short distance this road becomes Whiteway Drove.

9

Continue along Whiteway Drove through a sharp right-hand bend at Highbridge Farm. Whiteway Drove now becomes Headlake Drove.

10

Carry straight on through the crossroads and turn right at the next "T" junction. Follow signs for National Cycle Route 11.

11

Continue to follow National Cycle Route 11 crossing Reach Lode via the bridge.

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Reach Lode Bridge Cambridgeshire

12

Continue to follow National Cycle Route 11 across Burwell Fen. Cross the footbridge over Burwell Lode; the bridge is fitted with cycle gullies to help get bikes over the bridge. Follow National Cycle Route 11 back to the Wicken Fen Visitor Centre.

End:

Wicken Fen Visitor Centre

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Wicken Fen - Village Explorer Cycle Route

Terrain

Minor roads and tracks.

Wicken Fen - Village Explorer Cycle Route

How to get here

Address
Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve Lode Lane Wicken CB7 5XP
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 - Village Explorer Cycle Route

Facilities and access

  • cafe
  • Toilets
  • Cycle hire