Places to Visit
We are in the process of compiling a list of places you can visit using the East Cambs Connect service - which have previously not been accessible by public transport.
Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve
Wicken Fen is Britain’s oldest nature reserve and a unique fragment of the wilderness that once covered East Anglia. It is south-east of Ely and north-east of Cambridge. This National Trust property is a haven for birds, plants, insects and mammals, including wild horses, alike. The fen can be explored using the traditional wide droves and lush green paths that form the many nature trails, and the Adventurer trail. There is also a boardwalk nature trail giving access to several excellent hides. The William Thorpe Visitor Centre provides a range of facilities and information about this fascinating place, as well as a tea room. There is also a cycle hire facility and has a number of walks and other events throughout the year.
It is now possible to use the East Cambs Connect to travel from Ely Station to Wicken Fen.
WWT Welney Wetland Centre
The WWT Welney Wetlands Centre is the perfect start to a day exploring wetlands, where incredible wildlife encounters take place everyday, set in the heart of the Fens. All amenities are on hand within the eco-friendly visitor centre, before the adventure starts as you cross the footbridge onto the Ouse Washes.
First stop is the heated hide, where commentated winter wild swan feeds can be enjoyed. Overlooking the main lagoon and flooded grassland beyond, you can find out about how the wetland system works and why so many birds choose this spot as their winter haven.
It is now accessible on weekdays using the East Cambs Connect flexible mini-bus service. You can book to be picked-up from Littleport or Ely railway stations.
More details about the WWT Welney Wetlands Centre can be found here.
The landscape of the Fens is unique, intriguing and curiously beautiful. And maintained by an incredible network of drainage systems and pumping stations, without which this fascinating landscape would disappear under the waves.
Prickwillow Museum tells the story of the drainage of the Fens, the history of the local area, and those doughty individuals who ran the drainage pumps in remote locations. The museum showcases some of the region's finest examples of restored diesel engines.
Within easy reach of Ely, with a spacious café, plus attractive walks nearby, a visit to Prickwillow Museum promises a great day out in rural Cambridgeshire.
The museum is accessible from Ely using the East CambsConnect bookable flexible minibus service on a Monday and a Tuesday open from the 18 April 2017 till the 3 October 2017 between 12:00 hrs and 16:00 hrs. More details about the museum can be found here.
Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill
Anglesey Abbey is a Jacobean-style house with gardens and a working watermill. It is owned by the National Trust.and can be accessed by the East Cambs Connect flexible minibus service from anywhere in East Cambridgeshire. More information about Anglesey Abbey is found here.
Set among beautifully preserved historic farming buildings, Burwell Museum tells the story of a bustling fen-edge village. Alongside the 19th-century mill, displays from the everyday to the amazing vividly recreate Burwell life over the ages.
There's a lovely tea room and gift shop serving hot and cold refreshments, cakes and snacks. There are also open spaces for children to play, lots of hands-on interactive exhibits, and play and picnic areas. More information about the museum can be found here.