The Fens to the South & East of Ely

A few miles south of Ely we find Soham Mere – once a huge, shallow lake, Wicken Fen – the oldest nature reserve in the U, and Adventurers’ Fen – named after the early speculators who first drained the area. Further south lies a ring of Fens linking the River Cam with villages on the edge of the chalklands that rise up towards Newmarket Heath – Burwell, Reach, Swaffham Prior, Bottisham and Stow-cum Quy.

To the East lies Middle Fen and Fodder Fen – a common name in the area – and below them Great Fen, The Hasse, Soham Fen, East Fen, Isleham Fen and Fordham Moor.

To the North-East lies Burnt Fen, between the River Lark and the Little Ouse, and above that Feltwell Anchor and Methwold Fen. Beyond them is the River Wissey, with its sugar beet factory dominating the skyline, and Cut-off Channel, the north and eastern boundary to the Cambridgeshire Fens.