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

Nature trail sign by the boardwalk with windpump in background

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 – birdwatchers and sunset over Sedge Fen

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

From the wind pump continue on the boardwalk and then turn left through the carr, (a wet woodland consisting mainly of willow and alder, the name deriving from the old Norse kjarr, meaning a swamp), and then eventually crossing the vast open expanse of Sedge Fen.

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Wicken Fen - sunset over Sedge Fen

4

Take a moment to pop into the Boardwalk Hide, up the path to your right. From here you can look out over sedge fields, cut on a 4-year rotation, as well as beyond towards Verrall’s Fen in the distance. There is lots of information in the hide about the different types of habitat at the Fen. (In the summer, you can turn right along the grass path up to the Tower Hide).

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5

When you get to the lode bank, you can turn right to look out across Wicken Lode junction with Monk’s Lode. You will be able to sense that the Sedge Fen where you are is higher ground than the land on the other side of the lodes, where drainage has resulted in the peat shrinking. Turn to the left to follow the Boardwalk 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 recycled plastic boardwalk suitable for wheel and pushchairs. Can get wet and muddy; suitable footwear may be necessary. 

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.