Ely and its Western Fens Circular
Saturday, 8 December 2018
Start time: 9:15
Moderate 17 miles / 27.4 km
After a brief stroll alongside the River Great Ouse and Ely Cathedral, we head out towards the A10 where we join the Hereward Way and start the circular and Fenland component of the walk. Moving in an anti-clockwise direction we walk along a series of tracks and droves that are mostly good underfoot but also have some muddy parts. We conclude the first part of the walk arriving at the impressive Hundred Foot Drain and here we will take a short lunch break on the bank.
We then head in a South Westerly direction along the Drain bank, dropping down to a series of smaller droves, and briefly losing sight of the Cathedral we walk towards Wardy Hill and across to Coveney; this could be muddy in parts because we need to cross several recently ploughed fields. In Coveney we regain sight of the Cathedral and join the West Fen Road to complete the last leg of the walk back towards the A10 and Ely. Once in Ely there are several options to take in some well-earned refreshment.
I think the walk’s main features are the sight of lots of birds, and multiple murmurations. The view of the surrounding land a sky is broad and wide sweeping, and Ely Cathedral is rarely out of sight which helps to give a sense of proportion to the landscape.
Walk starts from Ely station; to get there from Cambridge, take 9.01am train
Grid reference: TL543793
Nearest postcode: CB7 4DJ
Start time: 09:15
This is a circular walk
We will walk at a reasonable pace to get back to Ely before dark and there are no pub stops
Local walk grade: Moderate +
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