Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire
Starts at Middle Fen Drove, Swavesey [TL361692]
2 hours 45 minutes | 5.8miles 9.4km | Easy
ID: 0.10609 | Developed by: Dave Hamilton |
Cambridgeshire’s famous wide open skies are beautifully reflected in the many lakes and waterways at Fen Drayton, making this an enjoyable morning’s ramble. These clear, still waters attract all kinds of birdlife throughout the year.
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Starts at

Middle Fen Drove, Swavesey [TL361692]

Ends at

Middle Fen Drove, Swavesey [TL361692]

Getting there

St Ives to Cambridge Busway, Go Whippet (go-whippet.co.uk, 01954 23001). Nearest train station is Huntingdon (7 miles from start of walk, requiring a 30-minute bus ride and 20-minute walk from bus stop).

Route instructions

[1] START on Middle Fen Drove. Take the lane heading north-west away from village. Cross guided busway and go L through gate alongside river/navigation drain. Remain on this path; glimpses of Swavesey Lake occasionally open up here through the trees. When you come to a large drainage ditch turn R, then cross the bridge over ruined lock. Take path north-west, following sign to Riverside car park, along ridge of embankment. Pass track to bird hide on L and continue on path to reach kissing gate, just before main track.

[2] At main track turn R in the direction of a large white building (Old Ferry Boat Inn) just over the River Ouse. Once at river turn L and follow river west. Cross metal bridge and carry on between the River Ouse on your R and Drayton Lagoon on your left. Turn L before the wooden bridge and head towards Elney Lake. Cross the austere-looking guided busway; stay on path between lakes. There are plenty of opportunities to spot local birdlife here.

[3] You should see a bench and noticeboard at the end of the path. Go L here as path heads east, following the shore of the lake. Continue on lakeside path as it zig-zags L and R between benches and trees. Remain on path, keeping to R side of lake as the path again bends L and R. Carry on to kissing gate and turn R along track (or you can opt to continue on to the Three Tuns pub in Fen Drayton).

[4] Cross bridge on your L to join Holywell Ferry Road. Remain on road as it bends L, take R marked ‘exit’. Continue along the road as it bends R over bridge then L into the no-through road marked ‘private road, footpath only’ towards the windmill. Dog walkers bear in mind the windmill is now a kennel and cattery. Head past the allotments with their futuristic looking compost toilet and pass the non-conformist cemetery.

[5] At the end of Hale Road, overlooking the cemetery, there is an interpretation board detailing the history of Swavesey Castle. Turn R onto Taylors Lane and follow this as it meanders to the High Street. Once at High Street either turn R to the White Horse Inn or go L to join Station Rd, before taking another R back to Middle Fen Drove.

Notes

This route was first published in the spring 2018 issue of walk magazine (walk 58).

Acknowledgements
Developed by: Dave Hamilton
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Photo taken by: Dave Hamilton
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Photo taken by: Dave Hamilton
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Photo taken by: Dave Hamilton
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Photo taken by: Dave Hamilton
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Photo taken by: Dave Hamilton