GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Holme Fen

6 miles (9 km)

Explore thelargest Silver Birch woodland in lowland England on this walk in Cambridgeshire. There are 657 acres of acid grassland, heath, raised bog, mere and woodland with several bird hides from which to view a wide variety of wildlife. At Holme Post you will be2.75 metres (9.0ft) below sea level -the lowest land point in Great Britain.
If you would like to continue your walk you could head to the nearby Woodwalton Fen National Nature Reserve. Holme Fen is located between Peterborough and Huntingdon.
The reserve is part of the larger Great Fen Wetland Project. You can visit the Great Fen information point and try the lovely Dragonfly Trail.
The 2 mile circular footpath is waymarked and includes ponds, woodland and lots of information points explaining the Great Fen project.

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

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

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Photos

The Holme Fen Posts - geograph.org.uk - 1461010

The Holme Fen Posts. The Holme Posts it is believed to be the lowest land point in England at nearly 3 metres below sea level. The location is marked by a cast-iron post, sunk into the peat in 1851 until it rested on the clay beneath. The drainage of the fens since then has resulted in the ground sinking by 4 metres since then leaving the post completely exposed. The post on the left was installed in 1957 when the other became unstable near to Holme, Cambridgeshire.

Start of footpath into nature reserve - geograph.org.uk - 1849220

Start of footpath into nature reserve

Turbary Lakes at Caldecote Fen - geograph.org.uk - 126239

Turbary Lakes at Caldecote Fen

Silver Birch trees, Holme Fen - geograph.org.uk - 864900

Silver Birch (Betula pendula) trees at Holme Fen, south of Peterborough. Photographed in early Spring.

The Pond, Holme Fen - geograph.org.uk - 86557

The Pond

Holme Village Sign - geograph.org.uk - 774130

Holme Village Sign. Most village signs show depictions of historical links and the Holme sign does exactly that. The Holme Fen posts, the USAF air force eagle and a carving of the floating church (horse drawn) that would visit communities via the multitude of fen drains.

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GPS Files

GPX File

Holme Fen.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Holme Fen.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)