From Sawtry, we travel east past Sawtry Fen and the ruins of Sawtry Abbey to cross under the East Coast mainline at Five Arches Pit where there is a Wildlife Trust nature reserve in a flooded pit, once worked for material to build the railway. After passing the moated site and old church at Church End, and Woodwalton village, the Trail then crosses some lovely, slightly rolling countryside through woods and meadows, some of them Wildlife Trust nature reserves, on the southern side of the Great Fen (Gamsey Wood, Raveley Wood, Lady’s Wood and Upwood Meadows).
After reaching the village of Upwood, the Trail travels on to Ramsey. An optional visit can be made to Woodwalton Fen National Nature Reserve, at the southern end of the Great Fen, and Ramsey Heights nature reserve and countryside classroom. Woodwalton Fen is one of the ‘jewels in the crown’ of fenland as it is a remnant of the ecologically rich wetland that used to cover much of the area.
1 Sawtry to Woodwalton (being developed)
2 Woodwalton to Upwood (being developed)
3 Upwood to Ramsey
4 additional walk into The Great Fen – Woodwalton Fen & Ramsey Heights Nature Reserves
Sawtry to Ramsey area showing the contours and geology. For a key to the geology see the British Geological Survey map viewer.
© Cambridgeshire Geological Society