Explore our local museums

Visit some of Cambridgeshire’s museums to see many of the exciting fossils that have been found locally – from shark’s teeth and ammonites to the skeletons of some of the world’s largest marine reptiles. Peterborough Museum, (Priestgate,...
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New book on Whittlesea Mere published

Launch of new book on Whittlesea Mere ‘England’s Lost Lake – The Story of Whittlesea Mere’, by Paul Middleton, was launched on Wednesday 21st November 2018 at the Admiral Wells in Holme. Order your copy now. Whittlesea Mere – one of the wonders...
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Patrick Barkham visits the Fen Edge Trail

Patrick is the nature writer for the Guardian. We were delighted to have a visit from Patrick in April 2018 followed by a write up in the Travel section of the Guardian on Saturday 21st April. As Patrick wanted to walk some of the Trail from Peterborough to Ramsey, he...
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Places to visit: the Great Fen

The Great Fen is a 50-year project to create a huge wetland area.  One of the largest restoration projects of its type in Europe, the landscape of the fens between Peterborough and Huntingdon is being transformed for the benefit both of wildlife and of people.  The...
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Places to visit: Wicken Fen

Wicken Fen provides a window on a ‘lost landscape’  – a unique remnant of un-drained fenland which once covered the vast lowlands of East Anglia. Today Wicken Fen, is one of Europe’s most important wetlands home to over 9000 recorded species...
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A journey across a landscape and time

Landscape heritage: Explore the Cambridgeshire Fen Edge

The Cambridgeshire landscape has a unique and fascinating history, from floods and glaciers to deep seas, tropical lagoons and even volcanoes! By exploring the Fen Edge much of this history can be discovered through looking at the clues that remain.

More than a walking route, the Fen Edge Trail enables you to explore the rich Landscape Heritage of this part of lowland England. The details given for the places of interest along the Trail can also be used by non-walkers to visit each area and we also provide information on events and organisations on the Fen Edge. There are many places that deserve at least a half day’s exploration in themselves, and these can either be added to a nearby walk or visited independently. The links between geology, ecology, history and current day life in the Fens reveal themselves and the more you look, the more you discover and the more fascinating it becomes!

The Trail itself is a series of walks that take you from the Lincolnshire border in the northwest of the county to the Suffolk border in the southeast, using the 5 metre contour (where the land lies 5 metres above sea level) as a guide. This is where low-lying fenland meets the surrounding higher land and can be taken as approximately the maximum extent of the once extensive wetland, although this has varied greatly over time.

With short detours to visit nearby viewpoints, historical and cultural sites and areas good for wildlife, the walks enable you to enjoy this fascinating area that has been of strategic importance for the local inhabitants since their first arrival. As well as exploring the landscape and history of the Fens, you will discover the geology that lies underneath and that forms the surrounding ‘highlands’, revealing stories of past environments and the animals and plants that lived in them at various time’s in earth’s history.

Ely Cathedral from the River Ouse

Partnership

The Fen Edge Trail is an initiative set up by the Cambridgeshire Geological Society as part of our Geosites work. Our partners in developing the Trail are several local organisations who are each exploring their local landscape to contribute to the project. Our main partner is The Fenland Trust in Yaxley. Other key partners are the Great Fen, together with the Great Fen Heritage Group, and the Wildlife Trust (Beds, Cambs and Northants). Other organisations already contributing to the project include Warboys Archaeology Project, Chatteris Museum, Discover Ramsey, Burwell Museum, Farcet Parish Council, Thorney Heritage Museum, Holme History, and Wicken Fen (National Trust).

If you or your group would like to get involved in the Fen Edge Trail, please contact us. You may like to contribute information on local history, landscape, farming, wildlife or culture or you could help with designing one of the walks.

If you would like to get involved in the project or receive our emailed updates and news, please contact us.

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NEW WALK PUBLISHED

The fourth walk on the Fen Edge Trail has now been published and can be downloaded. This walk links the villages of Swaffham Bulbeck and Swaffham Prior to the fascinating village of Reach, situated on a peninsula jutting out into the fenland. Continuing on from the Stow cum Quy to Swaffham Bulbeck walk, it takes you further along the edge of the chalk escarpment on the southeast edge of the Fens, and completes the Stow cum Quy to Reach part of the Trail.

The theme of the walk is ‘along the edge of the chalk hills‘ and the walk starts and finished up on the chalk slopes. The landscape here shows tales of ancient ports and is linked to settlements up in the southern hills by the famous medieval earthwork, the Devil’s Dyke.

Find out more by downloading the two leaflets (Walk Details and Maps) from the Stow cum Quy to Reach page.

Map leaflet

Details leaflet

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