A journey across a landscape and time
NEW WALK PUBLISHED
The third walk on the Fen Edge Trail has now been published and can be downloaded. This walk is from the small, picturesque village of Wistow to the large, historic village of Warboys. Continuing on from the Ramsey to Wistow walk, it takes you further up the valley of the Bury Brook to Broughton and onto the ‘highlands’ of Huntingdonshire, and completes the Ramsey to Warboys part of the Trail. Thanks to all who helped with its development, particularly to Warboys Archaeology Project.
The theme of the walk is ‘ high hills, distant skies and deep time‘ and, intriguingly, our quote for this part of the the Trail is ‘You are never more than a quarter of a mile from a volcano on this walk (its beneath you!).’ Gradually, the landscape reveals an ‘ice-age’ past as well as tales from deep below you to the skies above. Find out more by downloading the two leaflets (Walk Details and Maps) from the Ramsey to Warboys page.
The next walk, from Swaffham Bulbeck to Reach, will be issued in the next few weeks.
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.
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.
Explore the Cambridgeshire Fen Edge
The Fen Edge Trail is a walking route around the Cambridgeshire Fens, roughly following the land that lies 5 metres above sea level (the 5 metre contour), where the low-lying fenland meets the surrounding higher land.
With short detours to visit nearby viewpoints, historical and cultural sites and areas good for wildlife, the Trail enables 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 landscapes of the Fens, you will discover the rocks that lie underneath and those that form the surrounding ‘highlands’, as well as finding out about the life that existed when they were formed, and how the past and current landscapes have affected fenland life.
More than a walking route, the Trail enables you to explore the rich Landscape Heritage of this part of lowland England. 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!
LATEST WALK PUBLISHED
The third walk to be published, from Wistow to Warboys, can now be downloaded from the Ramsey to Warboys webpage
The leaflet for the Ramsey to Wistow walk can also be downloaded from the Ramsey to Warboys webpage
General Information Leaflets
The extensive fenlands of eastern England reach far to the north into Lincolnshire, south throughout much of Cambridgeshire and also extend into western Norfolk. As the land rises from the low-lying fens to the surrounding ‘hills’, the character of the buildings, land use and natural history changes. The influence of the chalk uplands to the southeast, the claylands to the west, the breckland to the east and the limestone uplands to the northwest, have all had their effect.
At various times in the last few thousand years, the fenland has been flooded and, at the Fen Edge, the land changed from extensive wetland to dryer land where settlements could be built. The surrounding higher land now provides viewpoints that are windows into the past – looking down onto one of the last areas in England where ‘wilderness’ existed and people have met many challenges to survive.
The story of the formation of the original wetland, with its water channels, lakes, reedbeds and tidal marshes, that resulted in the deposits of peat and marl, to the draining for use as agricultural land, and then the current efforts to restore some of its natural values, is one that is unique in England.
Patrick Barkham, nature writer for the Guardian, visits the Fen Edge Trail
We were delighted to have a visit from Patrick a couple of weeks ago 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 had the chance to call in at the soon-to-be-opened Fen View heritage Centre at Farcet and also to call into the Great Fen to visit Holme Fen, Engine Farm, Rymes Reedbed and Woodwalton Fen. A brief lunch was also taken at the Admiral Wells in Holme.
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 Great Fen Local 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 and Holme History.
If you would like to get involved in the project, please contact us.
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