Whittlesey - Nene Way - Hereward Way - Whittlesey

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Whittlesey - Nene Way - Coates - Hereward Way - Whittlesey

Whittlesey is a small market town well off the beaten track, but is amply supplied with shops and places to eat. The surrounding countryside is unrealistically flat and is broken up by drainage dikes and rivers. The drains are below the level of the rivers, so pumping stations lift the water several metres.

The walk leaves Whittlesey and follows the Nene Way for several kilometres above wetlands, the Nene Washes. Wading birds, corncrakes, heron and gargeney, together with marsh harriers, may be seen, depending on the season. Migratory species call in at various times.

The route comes into the village of Coates, boasting two pubs. Both do food, though The Vine has more opportunity for sustenance.

After some farmland the Hereward Way is joined for the return to Whittlesey, again following a drainage channel, this time navigable, forming part of the Middle Levels.

England - East England - Cambridgeshire - Fens

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, River, Wildlife