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Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve

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Address: Lode Lane | Wicken, Ely CB7 5XP, England
Phone Number: 44 (0)1353 720274
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Activities: Viewing wildlife

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Chance to enjoy quiet fen countryside

We visited on a gorgeous spring Saturday, and even then with a busy car park we didn't have to walk very far at all to feel quite remote and able to enjoy the fen wildlife and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
24 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We visited on a gorgeous spring Saturday, and even then with a busy car park we didn't have to walk very far at all to feel quite remote and able to enjoy the fen wildlife and landscapes. The 'boardwalk' can get busy, but the Adventurers trail is not much longer, but we felt much more rewarding. Very good staff and... More 

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Newmarket, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

It's easy to park and then you can either visit the National Trust owned and run nature reserve or stick to the Public Footpaths and walk along next to the waterways. Good at all times of the year but in the summer the insect and birdlife rapidly increases.

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Henlow, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
6 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

A beautiful attraction which gives a great insight into what the fenland way of life was like in the 19th and early 20th century. The weather was gorgeous when we visited, which really made a difference, although it had been wet and was a little boggy underfoot in places. There are boardwalks for wheelchairs and push chairs so the attraction... More 

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salisbury, u.k.
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56 reviews 56 reviews
9 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We were visiting Newmarket for the weekend and decided to visit this reserve before and after our weekend. We are national trust members so it was free for us. Did the boat ride which was lovely. Saw some great birds and really enjoyed the area. Did the boardwalk on the Friday which was quiet, unlike the bank holiday Monday! Despite... More 

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Ely, United Kingdom
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

If you can visit Wicken Fen on a week day out of school holidays when there are little or no other people around, Wicken Fen can be a magical place. The air is full of bird song, a gentle breeze on your face, the plop of fish in the river and lots of other sights and sounds just to drink... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Have been driving the 250 mile round trip to visit this site in early May for the last 5 years. Site is well planned out, with lots to see, and obviously lots of great birds to see (Cuckoos, owls, Marsh Harriers etc...). Nice little visitor center and cafe. If you want to stay longer, highly recommend the Dragonfly B&B on... More 

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bedfordshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We took our son and wife and daughter who live in America. We visited the Fen cottage which we found to be very interesting. The highlight of the visit though was the boat trip. Our guide was very informative. The afternoon was very warm and sailing on the water was so quiet and peaceful, hardly a sound, most relaxing, we... More 

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Glasgow
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22 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We visited on the recommendation of our nephew who, like us, is keen on birds and nature. It was well worth a slight detour on our way from Ely to Cambridge. Walking is easy and there are board walks, which allow access to people with unsuitable footwear. The hides are excellent for birdwatchers. It was a lovely day and was... More 

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Markham, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Of all the lovely places i've been lucky enough to travel to, nowhere in the world revives my spirit like Wicken Fen. Absolute peace apart from the symphony of bird song and the bark from the resident Deer. I was born in the Fens and when I return this to me is home. A place of timeless spritual revival. I'm... More 

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suffolk
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Its well worth going to the fen, even if you are not a keen birdwatcher. the ground is easy , there are board walks in most places and there are 3 graded walks. The cafe is excellent. Make sure you visit the restored fen cottage There is a boat trip but its expensive given you have paid to park and... More 

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