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Walking & Cycling


The unique fenlands in the north and east of Cambridgeshire are a landscape characterised by vast flat areas of artificially-drained land, wide views and open skyscapes. Ideal for walking and cycling as the absence of hills results in glorious views and sunsets.

A great way to ensure you see all the key parts of Ely is to follow the city's Eel Trail.  A walk that takes in the history and architecture of this beautiful city and will take you past five pieces of stunning art portraying the life cycle of an eel.  Call into the Tourist Information Centre and pick up your copy of the trail or follow the brass waymarkers and make your own way round on this circular walk.

For those who want to stretch their legs further, there are a number of walks that either take you along the waterways or out to the pretty surrounding villages. Most visitors to the area are struck by the amazing sense of space and quiet.  Walking around The Fens is a truly magical experience, with a chance to really slow the pace down and relax.  A selection of downloadable walks leaflets can be found here:

Ely's Eel Trail

The Cawdle Fen Walk

The Hereward Walk

The Fen Rivers Way

Quy Fen Walks

Wicken Walks

The Lodes Way

Ely Cycle Map - includes routes to Burwell Museum, WWT Welney, Stretham Old Engine, Prickwillow Engine Museum , Wicken Fen Nature Reserve and many other places.

Explore the open countryside following the National Cycling Network Route (no. 11) or try the Jockey's Trail which starts in nearby Newmarket and then heads northeast to the Fen edge villages. Wonderful flat routes with no hilly surprises makes cycling in The Fens a great activity whatever your age or ability. Cycle Hire in Ely is available from Ely Railway Station, please click here.  A selection of suggested cycling routes can be found by clicking here.

Call into the Tourist Information Centre and peruse their wide range of walking and cycling maps and leaflets including Ordnance Survey and Road Maps.