The snow and frost have made for some picturesque fenland scenes and some chilly days working outside. We are continuing to abstract water from Pout Hall Corner onto Burwell Fen and there is a noticeable difference to see when walking down Reach Lode bank. The water is only shallow for the most part with a few scrapes and ponds dotted around. Over the summer the fields will dry leaving only small sections of standing water.
If you fancy a wintery walk I have two suggestions:
Firstly pop down to our Visitor centre at Wicken Fen and have a walk around the Adventurers’ Trail. Bakers Fen, the Mere Wicken Lode and the Reedbeds are all lovely to see in the snow and frost and there is our Cafe to warm up in at the end. Sturdy boots are defiantly needed because of a pretty muddy patch on Harrisons Drove. Pop into the bird hides along the way or just stop in the open to take it all in. It should take about 2 hours.
Secondly a walk around Burwell Fen, Reach Lode, Burwell Lode and across the fen on the Lodes Way. I would try to time this one for the afternoon getting back for 30 minutes or so before sunset. By doing this you will stand a great chance of seeing some Short Eared or Barn Owls, as well as some great sunsets. Another one for some sturdy boots as the Lode Banks are a bit muddy down at Pout Hall Corner. This walk should take about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
I know I do mention it regularly but if you are near Wicken do pop in at Spinney Abbey Farm to pick up some meat direct from Jonney’s cutting room in his farm shop. He keeps some of his Long Horn at Oily Hall helping us to manage the site as well as at his farm so you know it is good stuff!
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