A day out at Wicken Fen

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The Boardwalk

The Boardwalk is 3/4 mile in length, and is accessible all year round. No special footwear is needed. The Boardwalk is ideal for wheelchairs and pushchairs. A specially adapted hide is easily reached, and suitable for use by all. Benches are provided at regular intervals all around the walk.

The Nature Trail and The Adventurers’ Trail is for the more adventurous. It takes the visitor through over two miles of the Reserve, passing through many different habitats and management areas. In wet weather this trail can be quite muddy. The Nature Trail includes the Tower Hide, one of the oldest hides in the country.

Mosquitoes

The Fens are famous for their mosquitoes, and as Wicken is justly renowned for its insect life visitors are recommended to use a mosquito repellent during summer months.

Hot weather and the sun

There is little shade on the Fen so on hot days a hat and suncream may be useful. The Fen can also be humid and hot still days and therefore a supply of drinking water can be useful.

Dogs

Dogs are welcome on the Reserve but must be on a short lead at all times. There is a nearby area where dogs can run free.

Footwear

Stout walking boots are always recommended for any visitors intending to use the Nature Trail, or Adventurers’ Trail, and in winter months wellingtons. For the boardwalk no special footwear is required. Information about the state of the paths is available in the visitor centre.

Refreshments

The Fen now has a cafe – it is open Saturdays and Sundays duirng the winter months and Tuesdays to Sundays at other times. Ring to confirm if the cafe is open during the week.

Hot and cold drinks, ice creams and sweets are available from the visitor centre all year round. There is a picnic site near the car park. Please take all litter home with you. Food is available at the village pub, the Maids Head – note food is served 12-2pm and 6.30-9pm.

Toilets

There are toilets, including baby changing facilities and provision for wheelchair users, in the car park. There are no other public toilets on the Reserve.

Visitors with disabilities

Two wheelchairs are available to borrow. The Boardwalk is an ideal trail for the wheelchair user or less able walker. Parking close to visitor reception is possible by arrangement.
Note that parts of the Nature Trail can be hard walking in hot or wet weather – please telephone or enquire at the visitor centre if you are at all unsure. We will happily advise you on the most suitable walk to take.

Shop

There is a shop at Wicken Fen visitor centre which sells ice creams, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Sandwiches are often available. The shop also sells books on wildlife, Wicken Fen and the Fens. We also sell various souvenirs.

Public transport

The nearest railway station is Ely (6 miles). There is no bus service from Ely Station to Wicken Fen. Taxis can be taken from Ely station, but this will cost you about £10.00.

It is only possible to visit the Fen via bus on a Sunday from Cambridge.

The National Turst in partnership with the RSPB have produced a leaflet on visiting Wicken Fen by public transport – press the icon below for details.

Cycling

Cycling distance from Cambridge – 15 miles. A nice route is via Swaffham Prior and Upware.
If biking by train cycle from Waterbeach or Ely stations. Cycle racks available.

Boating

The Fen can also be reached by boat, via Reach Lode Lock. Craft should tie up only on the southern bank near the junction with Monk’s Lode. A sign indicates the moorings.