Walking routes around Wicken Fen – new opportunities

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

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wicken-fen/things-to-see-and-do/activities/walking/

Also of interest is a new route ‘the Rothschild Way’  using existing rights of way which links Wicken Fen with Woodwalton Fen (part of the Great Fen project) – 36 miles long! This has been developed by Adrian Kempster of Huntingdonshire Ramblers. Charles Rothschild gave Wicken Fen to the National Trust and also purchased Woodwalton Fen to preserve it for posterity. The route between the two reserves is now open and is being waymarked; it is hoped that the route will be shown on OS maps in future. The following link provides more information. See

http://www.greatfen.org.uk/visit/Rothschild-Way

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