Sunday C’s Walk, Wicken, just under 5 miles with possible short cuts
March 26 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
The walk is a figure of 8 around Wicken. It is just about 5 miles with some options for short cuts. Wicken is on the A1123 road beween Stretham and Soham. From all directions except the east, follow A10 Cambridge to Kings Lynn Road. At Stretham ,which is about 5 miles south of Ely, turn south-east at the roundabout on the A 1123 towards Newmarket for about 5 miles. From the east take the A142 Newmarket to Ely road and turn onto the A1123 at a roundabout about 6 miles north of Newmarket.
We will park and meet at 10am the NT car park for the Wicken Fen. It is sign-posted as a left turn towards the end of the village main street on the way from Cambridge. Parking is free for NT members, although you need the card to obtain a free ticket. It is charged at £3.20 for all day for non members. If walkers are really concerned by the charge it is possible to park on the main street,with a 5-10 min walk to the car park, following the sign to the NT Wicken Fen.
There are toilets in the car park ,and the walk is fairly short on trees and bushes, so walkers might want to make use of these facilities before we start. We will do the first section of the walk across the main road from the NT site, round the back of the village and on a mix of field paths and farm tracks. It may be muddy if we get rain/sleet over the next week.
We will take a coffee stop by the village pond and there is an option to return to the cars here which will be just over 3 miles.
The walk then continues over the road, along part of Monk’s Lode, then turning towards Adventurers Fen. Just as we turn there is a second option to turn off and follow Monks Lode as it returns towards the NT visitor centre and the car park. That walk will be about 4 miles.
On Adventurers Fen we will pass two bird hides, and can visit if people wish, before walking alongside some significant expanses of water. If walkers have binoculars they might want to bring them as we saw a number of birds on the reccee.
The walk finally returns to Monk’s Lode and on paths to the visitor centre. This has a cafe with coffee, cakes and hot food, toilets and a shop.The full walk is just under 5 miles. If we want we can have a drink or lunch at the cafe after the walk
The walk will be 2 hours or so rather depending on if we stop to look at birds.
Can people ring me or text on 07767440087 or mail on firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know they are coming.
Additional information: If you feel at all unwell, please do not come on the walk.