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


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  • Ely Circular (including Cawdle Fen Walk)
    Javier Vagabond, Dec-21

    This walk is centred around Ely, the second smallest city in England, and the low-lying land of the Isle of Ely. The route between Ely and Little Thetford and back forms the Cawdle Fen Walk, but this walk carries on till Stretham.


    Priscilla Hernandez - In the Mist

  • Ely Circular. 13/11/11.
    amib, Nov-11

    The Cathedral forms the focal point of this 11 mile circular around the South East of Ely. Shortly after leaving the station, the walker is following the Ouse Valley Way, beside the Great Ouse, heading South towards Little Thetford. Passing through this attractive village, it's then across arable fields for lunch at the former RAF base at Witchford.

    Thereafter, the route passes over former runways, with the Cathedral still in view, before crossing former fens for the walk back into Ely, traversing a golf course on the way.

    The cathedral is finally reached and would be well worth a visit, if time allows (the view from the top of the cathedral tower is amazing! Not enough daylight on this trip though...).

    Finally, it's down to the riverside, and its cafes/bars, for the stroll back to the station.

    Not a bad walk though slightly tarnished by the hum of the A10 in the back ground (an Easterly was blowing today) for much of it and also having to cross said road twice!

    (Not sure if the section between points 7 and 8 is a legitimate Right of Way?).