Local endeavours can be just as much fun!By Niamh Duffy -
Wicken Fen is Britain’s oldest nature reserve and a unique fragment of the wilderness that once covered East Anglia. Close to the city of Cambridge, this National Trust property is a haven for birds, plants, insects and mammals, including wild horses, alike. The fen can be explored using the traditional wide droves and lush green paths that form the many nature trails, and the Adventurer trail. There is also a boardwalk nature trail giving access to several excellent hides. The William Thorpe Visitor Centre provides a range of facilities and information about this fascinating place, as well as a tea room.
The Visitor Centre is accessible, as are the raised boardwalk and adapted bird hides. There is limited access to the Fen Cottage, by arrangement with the Visitor Centre staff. Close parking can be arranged by contacting the Visitor Centre staff.
Children are welcome, and special facilities and family events are provided throughout the year: see What’s on for details.
Dogs are welcome on the fen, but must be kept on a lead at all times. Dogs are not permitted in the Fen Cottage.
If you fancy a break away, contact Limitless by calling 0800 612 2605 or enquiring online on >> http://www.limitlesstravel.org/