Wicken Fen Nature Reserve

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Britain’s oldest nature reserve. A unique fragment of the wilderness that once covered East Anglia. The Fen is a haven for birds, plants, insects and mammals alike. It can be explored by the traditional wide droves and lush green paths and nature trailhides. The boardwalk is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs, and is 1.2 km long (50 minutes). 

It also has a visitor centre and cycle hire. There are lots of family events held regularly and even wild camping under the stars (you will need to book ahead). And there are also boat trips for a peaceful cruise on the ‘Mayfly’. There is also a willow tunnel play area next to the cafe, child bikes, tags and trailers for hire. Getting there: Car – 40 minutes (18 miles). Train – not really accessible, 9 miles from Ely Station.  

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