GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Wicken Fen

9 miles (14 km)

Enjoy a walk or cycle through the beautiful Wicken Fen Nature Reserve in Cambridgeshire. National Cycle Network route 11 runs right through Wicken Fen and there are some peaceful country lanes around the reserve. Bike hire is available from just £5.
The route below starts at the pretty village of Wicken before passing through the reserve and into the surrounding countryside. You follow quiet lanes to Upware, located on the River Cam, before returning to Wicken Village.
In the reserve you will find flowering meadows, reedbeds and waterways where you can see a variety of wildlife such as hen harriers, water voles and bitterns. In the Baker's Fen area you can also see konik ponies, highland cattle, lapwings and barn owls. If you're on foot you can follow the Boardwalk Trail or the longer Nature Trail while stopping off at one of the many bird hides. In the summer months you can also enjoy a 50 minute boat trip along the waterways of Wicken Fen.
A number of options are available if you would like to continue your outing. If you're on foot you could follow the Fen Rivers Way along the River Great Ouse to Ely. For cyclists National Route 11 runs along quiet roads and the River Great Ouse to Ely. Or you can head east towards Newmarket via Burwell.

Postcode

CB7 5XP - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Wicken Fen OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Wicken Fen Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Dog Walking

The reserve is a lovely place for a dog walk so you're sure to see other owners on your visit. Please keep them on leads though because of the wildlife. Dogs are also not allowed in the Sedge Fen area.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head south along the Fen Rivers Way and you will soon come to the pretty village of Waterbeach. There's some nice waterside paths and a fine riverside pub and garden to visit here.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cambridgeshire Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Tower hide at Wicken Fen - geograph.org.uk - 1281269

Tower hide at Wicken Fen. It looks out over Wicken Lode

Herd of Konik Ponies, Wicken Fen - geograph.org.uk - 1760619

Herd of Konik Ponies. The ponies were introduced,on an area of the reserve called Verrall's Fen,to help keep the scrub from re-establishing now that the fen is no longer cropped, and thus preserve the rare open fenland habitat.

Track through Wicken Fen - geograph.org.uk - 738216

Track through the Fen. The grid of tracks separate the fen into segments with different management regimes or cutting times.

Sedge Fen and the Wicken Fen wind pump - geograph.org.uk - 1721515

Sedge Fen and the Wicken Fen wind pump. Late afternoon in February

Fen Cottage, Wicken Fen - geograph.org.uk - 920459

Fen Cottage. This farm labourer's cottage dating back to the 18th Century and now owned by the National Trust, was occupied into the 1970's. It is opposite the entrance to Wicken Fen.

Wicken Fen - geograph.org.uk - 50940

The Fen is a remaining fragment of the original fenland landscape, which was an almost impenetrable wilderness. Everywhere else the fens have been drained and are now rich farmland. 

Visitors' Centre, Wicken Fen - geograph.org.uk - 1130238

Visitors' Centre, Wicken Fen. This building is the headquarters for Wicken Fen (National Trust) National Nature Reserve

Bog Oak at Wicken Fen - geograph.org.uk - 1281100

Bog Oak. 'Bog Oaks' are the remains of trees that have been preserved in waterlogged peat. Not necessarily oaks, they could be one of many tree species from the forest that grew here over 4,200 years ago. This Bog Oak was dug from Adventurers' Fen in 1991.--From the information sign.

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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