Woodwalton Fen is a window into a lost world and is a spectacular place to visit at any time of year. This beautiful reserve has it all, unusual and varied landscapes, wonderful wildlife, breath-taking views and hidden history. Take a walk around the marked trails and visit bird hides looking out over meres. Visit Rothschild’s bungalow which is over 100 years old.
There is more detailed information about this reserve here.
Find out more about the Rothschild’s Bungalow and the history of Woodwalton Fen by visiting the history section.
For information about the special wildlife of Woodwalton Fen please visit the wildlife section.
Please note that dogs are not allowed on Woodwalton Fen.
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The bungalow on stilts was built by Charles Rothschild in 1911, and was re-thatched in 2011 after 100 years. You can find out more about Charles Rothschild and the fascinating history of Woodwalton Fen by downloading the bungalow trail guide.
The western clay bank gives spectacular views across the Great Fen area. From this vantage point you can see across the restored wet meadows of Middle and Darlow's Farms. In the far distance are the woodlands of Holme Fen, bringing home the vast scale of what the Great Fen is hoping to achieve.
Parking for Woodwalton Fen is along the bank beside the Great Raveley Drain. There is a turning circle at the end of the track.
There is a space for disabled parking inside the Natural England office car park. Drive across the bridge over the Great Raveley Drain. Please note this disabled space is only available during office hours and must be booked in advance - see the visit Woodwalton Fen page for more details. At other times, please park with care along the bank beside the Great Raveley Drain.
As you enter Woodwalton Fen you will find this information point with maps, recent wildlife sightings and details of forthcoming Great Fen events.
There are three bird hides in Woodwalton Fen. Two look out over Rothschild and Gordon's Meres (follow the Water Bird Trail) and the other looks over the northern reedbed (follow the Marsh Harrier Trail). The hides are elevated and give excellent views across the wetland landscape.
This trail is an extension of the Bungalow Trail and will takes you to the top of the western bank where you can see fantastic views across the Great Fen area. To follow this trail use these waymarkers. It will take you approximately one hour.
This short trail takes you on a lovely walk to the bungalow built by Charles Rothschild. It will take you about half an hour and you will need to follow these waymarkers.
A guide to the Bungalow Trail can be downloaded here.
The Marsh Harrier Trail leads to an elevated bird hide where there are fantastic views across the reedbeds. This is a great area to see breeding Marsh Harriers and lots of other wildlife. The walk will take approximately one hour and you will need to follow these waymarkers.
The Water Bird Trail leads to two elevated bird hides that look out over Rothschild's and Gordon's Meres with a variety of wildfowl present at all times of the year. This is the longest of the waymarked trails and will take you about 1 hr 30 mins. Follow these waymarkers.