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Wicken Fen Nature Reserve - Reserve

Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5XP

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  • View information about opening hours.
  • The most accessible entrance has automatic doors.
  • This entrance is located in the visitor centre.
  • There is not a member of staff available for help and assistance.
  • Staff/volunteers cannot describe the layout and access around the site.
  • The following are also available: seating.
  • This site is not part of the Sunflower Lanyard Scheme.
  • The nearest toilet with adaptations for disabled people is in the toilet block next to the car park. View information about this toilet (new tab)
  • Additional toilet facilities with adaptations for disabled people are in the toilet block attached to the learning centre. View information about this toilet (new tab)

Equipment and Resources to Borrow

  • You can borrow or hire the following equipment: manual wheelchairs. It is highly recommended that these are booked in advance, where this is possible. Please check the National Trust website for details.
  • You can borrow these from the visitor centre. View more information about booking and collection of equipment.
  • Powered mobility vehicles cannot be borrowed or hired.

Route to (the Reserve)

  • There are exit doors from the visitor centre to the external trails.
  • The route to the area is step-free level.
  • Path surfaces along the route are compact earth, gravel and muddy.
  • The majority of the paths are not wide enough for wheelchair users.
  • There is no accessible shuttle to this area.

Outdoor Spaces

  • This information is for the access point located to the rear of the visitor centre.
  • There is step-free level access into the area.
  • The following outdoor facilities are available: open countryside.
  • The outdoor facilities also include: bird hides.
  • The outdoor spaces include the following surfaces: grass, compact earth and uncompacted earth.
  • Footpaths are available in some of the outdoor spaces.
  • The majority of the paths are not wide enough for wheelchair users.
  • There is step-free level access around some of the area.
  • There are slight ramps/slopes without handrails in the main areas .
  • There are slight slopes located at multiple points throughout the outdoor areas.
    Some of the surfaces are wooden boarded walkways.
  • There are bench seats situated along the paths for people to rest.
  • There is a seasonal boat dock for trips in the Mayfly. This area is accessed via a slight ramp.
    The Roger Clarke wildlife hide is located along the woodland walk. It is accessed via a door that opens away inwards to a width of 77cm wide. There are bench seats and viewing windows that range from 105cm - 150cm in height.

Hikes and Trails (Boardwalk)

  • The trail is approximately 0.5 miles long.
  • The route leads in an anti-clockwise direction from the rear of the visitor centre and leading back to the original starting point.
  • The trail is not open 24 hours.
  • None of the paths are lit at night.
  • The route is clearly signposted.
  • The route has information boards with large maps.
  • Seating is available on the route.
  • There are no toilet facilities along the route.
  • Surfaces along the route includes wooden boarded walkways. The Boardwalk narrows to 120cm at some points.
    There are slight slopes at various points along the trail.
    The Boardwalk Hide is accessed via a manual door that opens towards you to a width of 75cm and is accessed by a slight slope.
    Within the hide there are bench seats and viewing windows that range between 105cm - 150cm in height.