There are some restrictions – hopefully temporary – on access to some of the meadows at Fulbourn Nature Reserve. Apparently some unthinking dog owners have let their dogs harrass and injure grazing calves. As a consequence three of the meadows are now fenced and gated, so walkers are restricted to the perimeter. The landowner says that the restrictions are temporary until the cattle are moved off, but our Fulbourn residents will keep us up-to-date.
Club members might like to know that there is a growing network of permissive paths in the ‘Wicken Fen Vision’ area – very useful when you are planning routes or just want a stroll. As well as the cycleway ‘the Lodes Way’ which runs between Wicken Fen and Lose village, there are new footpaths and bridleways. Unfortunately these are not on Ordnance Survey maps. The National Trust explains this omission by saying that a number of the routes cross, or are next to, land where cattle and horses are grazing and animal management requires some changes to the exact location of entry points such as gates.
However, all is not lost! The Wicken Fen website now includes a detailed map of the routes as they currently work. These provide links to Reach village, as well as Burwell, Upware and Swaffham Prior. See
Many thanks to Meg for organising yet another great weekend for us all.
With seasonally strong winds and blustery showers especially on Sunday we enjoyed a rich variety of lighting conditions amongst a quite stunning landscape.
Click here to see a selection of photos taken by David P on our two longer walks.
There are still plenty of vacancies for the Club’s 2 night winter trip to the north Norfolk coast in late January/early February 2015. We have sole occupancy of this well-equipped hostel, which is self-catering. However, there are plenty of good pubs nearby for evening meals! There is excellent walking along the coast path, (making use of the regular Coast Hopper bus), as well as in the grounds of nearby Holkham Hall. Bunk beds are in rooms for 4 people, with lots of lounge/dining space. The cost is £35 for two nights’ stay. Both A and B walks guaranteed. Please contact Jill if interested.