Walking

Walking trail

Wicken Fen Boardwalk Trail, Cambridgeshire

Walking trail

A short walk around Wicken's ancient Sedge Fen, a unique remnant of un-drained fenland. Offering the chance to see hen-harriers in winter; rare fen flowers in spring and summer, and amazing fenland sunsets year-round. Suitable for active families.

Tower Hide

Optional extension to the Tower Hide along a grassy footpath. The climb to top of the Tower Hide involves a steep wooden staircase, which may not be suitable for some.

Wicken Fen - Walkers on the boardwalk trail

Map

Map route for Wicken Fen boardwalk trail walk

Start:

Wicken Fen Visitor Centre, grid ref: TL5651070686

1

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

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Wicken Fen - Bird Watchers and Sunset over Sedge Fen

2

Follow boardwalk in the direction of the wind pump.

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The Wind Pump situated on the Sedge Fen at Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire

3

From the wind pump continue on the boardwalk and then turn left through the carr (wet woodland consisting mainly of willow and alder), eventually crossing the vast open expanse of Sedge Fen.

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Wicken Fen - sunset over Sedge Fen

4

Here you have the option of turning right and following the grassy track along Wicken Lode to the Tower Hide, which provides aerial views of Sedge Fen and the mere and reedbeds on Adventurers' Fen. Alternatively turn left and continue following the boardwalk trail.

5

Follow the trail back to the Visitor Centre.

End:

Wicken Fen Visitor Centre, grid ref: TL5651070686

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Wicken Fen Boardwalk Trail, Cambridgeshire

Terrain

All-weather plastic boardwalk suitable for wheel and pushchairs. Can get wet and muddy; suitable footwear may be necessary. Please keep dogs on leads.

Wicken Fen Boardwalk Trail, Cambridgeshire

Contact us

Wicken Fen Boardwalk Trail, Cambridgeshire

How to get here

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

Ely train station (9 miles or 15km from Wicken Fen).

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 bus

No.12 from Cambridge-Ely (alight Soham High St, then 3 miles (5km) on footpaths to Wicken).

By bicycle

NCN 11 from Ely, NCN 51 from Cambridge connecting with NCN 11 (Lodes Way) at Bottisham.

Wicken Fen Boardwalk 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.
  • NT gift shop.