Wicken Fen Adventurers' Trail, Cambridgeshire

Walking trail

This trail explores a varied landscape of reed-beds, open water and wet grassland. Look out for dragonflies in summer and of course our herds of Highland cattle and Konik ponies.


Take care near waterways and ponds. Not suitable for wheelchairs, especially in winter when sections of the route can get wet & muddy, there is also a slight incline which would be difficult for wheelchair users. Dogs on leads welcome. Please clean up after your dog.

Hen harrier in flight


Map route for Wicken Fen wildlife walk


Wicken Fen National Trust Visitor Centre, grid ref: TL563705


Check in at the Visitor Centre if you are a member or need information. As you exit, Wicken Lode is on your right. Follow the path keeping the water to your right. You will pass some ash trees and Wicken's Poor Fen on your left. This is common land. Traditionally local villagers had the right to collect sedge and peat from here.

Wicken Lode looking west.


Cross Monk's Lode at Norman's Bridge. Look out for plants like arrowhead and water lilies. Turn left after the bridge.

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A Male Brimstone Butterfly on a dandelion at Wicken Fen


Walk along Monks Lode, then turn right through the lower set of gates.


Look out for birds like wigeon, teal and shoveler in winter, and lapwing and redshank in summer on the flooded fields; and for Konik ponies and highland cattle.

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Picture of Highland Cattle gathered around a pool of water


Turn right along the next path, and on your right is the site of Norman's Mill. Originally used to drain the turf (peat) pits. Norman's Mill has been restored and can be seen on the Sedge Fen. On your left, roe deer can often also be seen. During the Second World War Dig for Victory campaign, the war office turned the fen into arable land. Restoration of the area is now being carried out.

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Harrison's Drove, Cambridgeshire


Note the reedbeds on your left and the many birds and insects inhabiting them. Turn right again to walk alongside Wicken Lode. There is a squeeze gap and path on the right leading to West Mere Hide, used to overlook the mere's west end and the island.

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A Wicken black-winged Stilt


Continue past the sign for West Mere hide. Go down the path to visit West Mere Hide to see what wildfowl are out on the mere.

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A Dragonfly at Wicken Fen


Return to the Wicken Lode bank, turn right and follow along the lode. Note the Tower Hide on the other side of the Lode, thatched using sedge from the Fen, and built in 1950s. Cross back over Normans Bridge and return towards the Visitor Centre and Docky Hut café for refreshment.


Wicken Fen National Trust Visitor Centre, grid ref: TL563705

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Wicken Fen Adventurers' Trail, Cambridgeshire


A well-signed route along wide grassy paths (can be muddy).

Wicken Fen Adventurers' Trail, Cambridgeshire

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Wicken Fen Adventurers' Trail, Cambridgeshire

How to get here

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

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

By road

Wicken Fen is 17 miles (27km) NE of Cambridge and 3 miles (5km) W of Soham, just off A1123.

By bus

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

By bicycle

National Cycle Network route 11 passes the reserve boundary: www.sustrans.org.uk.

Wicken Fen Adventurers' Trail, Cambridgeshire

Facilities and access

  • Parking: 120 yds. £3 Non-member, NT members free.
  • Food and drink: Cafe, picnics welcome.
  • Shop: Selling local crafts and wildlife books.
  • WC's: In in Learning Centre behind cafe, and main car-park.
  • Cycle hire.