Days Out In Ely Fenland
Visit the distinctive flat plains of the Fens with their wide, open skies and beautiful sunsets. Discover how the fertile land was reclaimed by man, and find out what the Fens used to look like at the National Nature Reserve at Wicken Fen. Finish the day at The Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey where you’ll find interactive re-enactments of typical Fenland village life.
A window onto a lost Fenland landscape, Wicken Fen is home to a spectacular array of wildflowers, insects and birds. Trails, boat rides and a full family events programme.
It is the National Trust’s oldest nature reserve and one of Europe's most important wetlands, supporting an abundance of wildlife. There are more than 8,400 species, including a spectacular array of plants, birds and dragonflies.
The raised boardwalk and lush grass droves allow easy access to a lost landscape of flowering meadows, sedge and reed beds, where you can encounter rarities such as hen harriers, water voles and bitterns.
For those looking to explore even further, why not follow the ‘Fens Adventurer’ Wicken Way Route, a seven mile walk through the Fenland landscape encompassing hundreds of years of farming history.
After working up an appetite, head for Anglesey Abbey and Lode Mill, a beautiful Jacobean-style house with a working water mill. Take in the stunning views of the gardens from the restaurant or if the sun is shining move outside to the delightful picnic area.
After lunch, uncover the personality behind this luxurious home and immense yourself in country living where you will be amazed by rare and fabulous objects, from fine furnishings, books, paintings, silver and rare clocks.
Explore rural life of Cambridgeshire and discover the story of Benedicting Monks, Knights Templar and Franciscan Nuns who lived in Denny Abbey. Discover Denny's farming past and visit the 1940s farmworker's cottage, village shop and workshops. Exciting displays for all the family really make for a wonderful visit in beautiful surroundings.
Discover the Ouse Washes Landscape in the heart of the Cambridgeshire and Norfolk Fens with its unique character, beautiful open skies and wetland habitats. It’s a fascinating place to visit whether you’re looking for incredible wildlife encounters at the WWT Welney Wetland Centre or the RSPB Ouse Washes, rich and diverse history or perfect tranquillity. Or maybe you’d like to check out one of the fascinating cultural events or fun-filled outdoor activities. The Ouse Washes Landscape has something for everyone; find out more by visiting their website.