Ely Circular walk
An easy walk through open Fenland, The River Great Ouse, 'big' skies, tree-lined farm tracks, historic Ely Cathedral and a quayside stroll at the end
18.0 km (11.2 mi)
OS Landranger 143 (Ely & Wisbech); Explorer 226 (Ely & Newmarket)
2 out of 10.
This walk is centred around Ely, the second smallest city in England, and the low-lying land of the Isle of Ely, the site of the supposed ‘Last Stand of the Saxons’, led by Hereward the Wake against the Norman Invaders, a landscape reminiscent of the Low Countries or Northern Germany: open fenland, largely flat, former marshy and boggy ground now drained for intensive agriculture, with long straight tree-lined farm tracks, hedge-lined meadows and big, cloud-filled skies. The River Great Ouse, ditches, dykes, embankments and catchwater drains all help to create the special atmosphere of Fenland.
You can walk a very short Ely – Little Thetford – Ely walk of 11.6 km/7.2 mi (with lunch back in Ely).
Ely Station is on the Fen Line from Cambridge to King's Lynn, i.e.: it is being served by trains from King’s Cross (quicker) and Liverpool Street.
|Saturday Walkers Club||Take a train no later than 10.15 hours from London Kings Cross station.|
|Lunch and Tea||
The Red Lion High Street, Stretham, Cambridgeshire, CB6 3LD (01353 648 132). The Red Lion is located 8.2 km (5.1 mi) into the walk. Open Mon-Thu 11.00-23.00, Fri-Sat 11.00-24.00 and Sun 12.00-20.30. Food served Mon-Sat 12.00-14.30 and 18.00-21.00 and Sun 12.00-21.00.
There are many tea places in Ely close to the cathedral, recommended are:
For all other tea options please consult page 2 of the pdf.
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Out (not a train station)
Back (not a train station)
|Map Walk||This walk requires an OS map and a compass or GPS for navigation. You can print out OS maps using the link above.|
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline (bus times): 0871 200 22 33 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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Full directions for this walk are in a PDF file (link above) which you can print, or download on to a Kindle, tablet, or smartphone.
This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk