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Days Out In The Ouse Washes Landscape

Welcome to the Ouse Washes landscape. Wide open skies, fabulous sunsets and straight lines generate a feeling of remoteness and tranquillity in this rural landscape north of Cambridge, reaching from St Ives in the south to Downham market in the north. It is the heart of the Cambridgeshire and Norfolk fens and includes the RSPB Ouse Washes, Fen Drayton lakes, Ouse Fen wetland reserves and WWT Welney Wetland Centre, all of international importance to wildfowl.

The area offers unique highlights that are worth exploring. This beautiful, largely unspoilt, rural landscape provides a peaceful environment for walking, exploring and getting close to nature. The area is renowned for its waterways and contains one of the UK’s most extensive networks of wetlands habitats. The area is also very important for its archaeology because of its good wetland preservation. It is full of interesting historic remains, rich in prehistoric, Roman and more recent archaeological sites including well-preserved ancient settlements and ritual monuments and magnificent engineering drainage.

Working alongside Visit Cambridge & Beyond, the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership (funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and managed by Cambridgeshire ACRE), has put together 3 suggested itineraries to help you explore this beautiful area.

Itinerary 1 – Exploring Downham Market, WWT Welney and Ely

Itinerary 2 – In and around Chatteris, Wimblington and March

Itinerary 3 – Around St Ives

Discount Vouchers are available with each itinerary.

We hope they get you started discovering this unique landscape.

Find out more at www.ousewashes.org.uk

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