Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve

Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve

Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • 111TWIGAMINHAAFRIKA
    Bristol, United Kingdom7,801 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Delightful walk/stroll, guaranteed tranquility...
    This is part of Cambridgeshire folklore- the glorious Fens. We were staying in the village of Wicken and we saved this beautiful place for our last day and we were not disappointed. So serene, an easy paced walk, beautiful scenery, many birds to see and hear and those incredible wild ponies. Good cafe, excellent guidebook, all under the safe umbrella of the National Trust.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 July 2023
  • LandyladySharon
    Norwich, United Kingdom58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely walk around the nature reserve
    A lovely place to visit, has a cafe, shop and a boardwalk walkway so you can enjoy the nature trail. Two bird hides are also on the walk. A short or long walk past the windmill and circular. Was very wet in March but safe to walk for everyone
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 March 2024
  • Hillary S
    Wigan, United Kingdom240 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Window to the past as well as being a nature reserve
    Came across this place purely by chance looking for three windmills in the vicinity (but didn't find them) - I found this place instead. Advertised as a nature reserve it is not somewhere I would have thought to visit as I can't walk very far but curiosity about the wind pump got the better of me. There is a small car park from where you are directed to walk down the lane ahead. On the right is a visitor centre and the staff there are very knowledgeable about the reserve and the locality, and very helpful. I wanted to walk the board walk to see the wind pump which is still working to help drain the fens when necessary. Thinking that was the end of my visit I left the visitor centre but stopped to admire two pretty little cottages on the right. A lady called me over saying she had closed up but happy to open again for my visit. These were also part of NT Wicken Fen and the cottages, not having running water, were lived in until the 1970's. Many of the furnishings of that era were still there but it was clear to see how they lived. This really was a little treasure to find and worth visiting. Guides are very informed and give a warm welcome.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 May 2024
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Hillary S
Wigan, UK240 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Came across this place purely by chance looking for three windmills in the vicinity (but didn't find them) - I found this place instead. Advertised as a nature reserve it is not somewhere I would have thought to visit as I can't walk very far but curiosity about the wind pump got the better of me.
There is a small car park from where you are directed to walk down the lane ahead. On the right is a visitor centre and the staff there are very knowledgeable about the reserve and the locality, and very helpful. I wanted to walk the board walk to see the wind pump which is still working to help drain the fens when necessary.
Thinking that was the end of my visit I left the visitor centre but stopped to admire two pretty little cottages on the right. A lady called me over saying she had closed up but happy to open again for my visit. These were also part of NT Wicken Fen and the cottages, not having running water, were lived in until the 1970's. Many of the furnishings of that era were still there but it was clear to see how they lived. This really was a little treasure to find and worth visiting. Guides are very informed and give a warm welcome.
Written 19 May 2024
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Alex S
Bristol, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Very well managed nature reserve, gives you a real experience of how the fens used to be before farmland took over. Plenty of different routes for all abilities.
Written 14 April 2024
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sarah v
Devon, UK100 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We had a nice visit to Wicken Fen, very peaceful. We visited the cafe there where we had a hot chocolate and a soup..the hot chocolate was very nice, but we were very disappointed with the soup..it was lovely soup but was served in a mug and we only got half a mug full...so very expensive soup..
Written 19 March 2024
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LandyladySharon
Norwich, UK58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
A lovely place to visit, has a cafe, shop and a boardwalk walkway so you can enjoy the nature trail. Two bird hides are also on the walk. A short or long walk past the windmill and circular.
Was very wet in March but safe to walk for everyone
Written 4 March 2024
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Salmon
England, UK39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Lovely visit to Wicken Fen. Car park is £3.20 cash if you are not members. We are members but cards stolen so went to see the staff at reception / shop and a lovely man working there got us new cards sorted, temp cards and a parking card, very kind. It was very muddy with the rain so they said unless in wellies go on boardwalk which we did. Was a nice hour or so walk round. If rainy take wellies. The boardwalk was muddy and under water a bit in places but doable.
Written 3 March 2024
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sarah n
Ely, UK5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Lovely place. Thepay machine in the car park requires cash? Who has cash these days, or a degree to operate the pay by phone. 20 mins later still hadn't paid for parking. Nobody national trust around, so left. Really disappointed. Such an ancient way of paying for parking ... cash, really, what's wrong with putting in your registration, selecting how many hours you want to stay for, swipe and go, surely.
So what was supposed to be a relaxing dog walk, turned into the most stressful parking experience I have ever had, and the dog didn't get his walk at Wicken fen, we went to kingfisher instead!!!
Written 23 November 2023
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Medicine Man
London, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Drive slowly,!
There appears to be a lot of international drivers around the area, some driving on the wrong side of the road. Allowing for this parking is easy and itis full of natural treasures.
Written 27 September 2023
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LDTN22
62 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We visited Wicken Fen and decided to use the bike hire facility. The bikes were well maintained and perfectly suited to riding the trail routes around the Fen.

However, it's not "a good spur of the moment" choice, you need to come fully armed with OS maps. When we hired the bikes we hopefully asked for a map of the cycle routes. None are available, there's a small, blurry laminated map on the wall thats frankly as much use as a chocolate teapot and mobile reception is quite limited in the area. Once you're on the cycle routes, waymarkers start to peter out. We tried to follow the vague directions we were given and ended up on a busy A road. Bring a map!
Written 7 August 2023
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111TWIGAMINHAAFRIKA
Bristol, UK7,801 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
This is part of Cambridgeshire folklore- the glorious Fens.
We were staying in the village of Wicken and we saved this beautiful place for our last day and we were not disappointed.
So serene, an easy paced walk, beautiful scenery, many birds to see and hear and those incredible wild ponies.
Good cafe, excellent guidebook, all under the safe umbrella of the National Trust.
Written 15 July 2023
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Kaz W
Flitwick, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Beautifully cared for place, so much wandering to do and nature to see. My partner and I love coming here and finding new directions to explore in
Written 27 June 2023
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