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Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve

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Address: Lode Lane | Wicken, Ely CB7 5XP, England
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Worth a visit, would be quite different in warmer weather.

Called in here for an hour on way home from a visit to Ely, the raised board walk was the only bit we managed, as it was extremely cold, and we didn't have too long to spare... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited on a mild February day when the sun was shining. Whilst myself and my 5 year old enjoyed the walk around the nature reserve, the (almost) teenager was not impressed! My younger son really enjoyed the brass rubbing trail, and climbing up the tall look out tower! I'm guessing it would be better in summer when hopefully we... More 

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Witney
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Called in here for an hour on way home from a visit to Ely, the raised board walk was the only bit we managed, as it was extremely cold, and we didn't have too long to spare. Would definitely come back if nearby, in warmer weather, as it is a haven for wild life. (Try the drinks and the cake... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been to Wicken Fen many times on my own and with family. Such a lovely peaceful place to walk around all year. Good for butterflies, dragonflies, lizards and birds. Bring wellies in winter as it can get a bit muddy. There is a little shop and a café for snacks and drinks. Also boat rides.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wicken Fen surprised me a bit. I didn't think I would like it so much. But the paths were perfect for us to wander with my dog, baby and husband in tow. Perfect for a day out.

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Thank Kimberly C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wicken Fen, run by National Trust, is spread between Ely and Cambridge and is a must-visit for anyone coming to the area - as long as it is not pouring with rain and muddy. Wicken was the first nature reserve set aside in Britain and preserves a classic example of fenland, many bird and other wildlife species that call it... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wicken Fen is a unique remnant of an almost extinct British habitat. Over 99% of fens have been drained for farmland, but this little patch survived. Once an area has been drained, it can be returned to wetland but not true fenland. The National Trust manages the area and charges for entry to the boardwalk area, but the paths on... More 

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Thank M D
Preston, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Over the Christmas holidays we went for a family walk, with our dog, and had a lovely time around the nature reserve. You can pay to go into the National Trust side, or walk in the public area and still get a very pleasant stroll (though you don't get all the history and facilities that the National Trust offer, for... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

wetland management superbly laid out, Birds and animals that are in the Fens during the winter. walkways are easily found depending on where you want to walk around buildings open hides easily accessible to all and photography is fantastic

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Thank Fred W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Have been here dozens of times since a child. Truly a marvelous place. The landscape is unique, preserved, you can learn about it if you've not been to fenland before. Chance to see amazing wildlife although not at this time of year really, but there are the highland cattle and wild horses. Also the water pumps and good visitor centre... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Simply incredible glimpse into a now forgotten landscape of Britain. Pre 1700s the whole of east Anglia from here to the Lincolnshire wolds would have looked like this instead of the vast endless fields of drains and fields and it's brilliant to be able to see this at once enigmatic and inhospitable expanse. A great visitor centre and cafe tops... More 

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