Great Fen Reserves

We are lucky to have some fantastic nature reserves and woodland walks right on our doorsteps here in Cambridgeshire…

  1. Holme FeN

There’s lots of options:

There are a number of places to park to get into Holme Fen depending on where you want to walk. If you got from Ramsey St Mary’s towards Holme there is a drive off to the right on the last bend before the railway crossing. There are a couple of lay-bys and entrances to the beautiful silver birch wood either side of this lane with maps of the woods to guide you.

If you want to get to the famous Holme Post (the lowest point in England at 2.75m below sea level) you have to cross the railway line. Then turn right towards Yaxley and about half a mile down this road there is a turning to the right down a bumpy road that crosses again over a much smaller level crossing. Again you will find access to different parts of the wood either side of the road, the last one on the right is where you will find the Post. 😁


2. Woodwalton Fen

What will I find there?

With lots of marked trails through reedbeds, woodland, meres and wild flower meadows there is plenty of walking and wildlife to see in this ancient Fen. Found just a short drive further down Chapel Lane from the Visitor Centre in Ramsey Heights.

Top 3 things to do here:

  1. Visit the Rothschild Bungalow (A house on stilts!)

  2. Spendcsome time spotting birds from the hides alongside the mere

  3. Take in the spectacular views across the Great Fen Area

Just a little note, no dogs 🐶 allowed on this reserve, so leave the four leggers at home for this one.

3. Great Fen Information Point (New Decoy Farm)

Why should we go to this one?

Found along the B660, you will notice brown signs for ‘The Great Fen’. A good sized car park off the road next to a lovely picnic area this is a great place to start your exploration of the Great Fen. There are information signs here and a nice walk around some cultivated fields as well as a small section of wood which is home to an unusual bird hide. 🏠

4. Middle and Darlow’s Farm

What makes this one special?

Accessible through Woodwalton Fen, this area allows you stunning views across the countryside. Great if you have any bird of prey enthusiasts as it is a great spot for viewing raptors over the open Fenland.

Did you know we have lots more free tips and clues on places to visit and things to do with the kids?

For example have you seen our Almost Free Things to Do With The Kids blog yet? There are some great ideas in there like our guide on how to make it a fun (and safe) day when visiting a river.