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.
The walks in this part of the Trail will be published in late 2018. Our current partners here are the Wildlife Trust BCN and the Great Fen, including the Great Fen Heritage Group and the Great Fen Local Group
Sawtry to Ramsey area showing the contours and geology. For a key to the geology see the British Geological Survey map viewer.
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