Back to Nature

If your favourite way to unwind involves fresh air, wildlife and wide open spaces then this is the day out for you. Let off steam with a leisurely walk in the morning and then, after a spot of lunch, explore the unique and rich habitat of the Great Fen. You’re sure to discover the diversity that Ramsey and its neighbouring countryside have to offer.

Morning

A wander with the wildlife

Starting in Upwood, south west of Ramsey, follow the footpath that starts opposite the village hall. The path takes in Upwood Meadow, an ancient grazing field with a wonderful array of wildflowers. After about a mile you’ll reach Ladys Wood, a historic woodland where you’re sure to spot insects, fungi, woodpeckers, blackcaps and redwings and in the evening, tawny owls. Starting in Upwood, south west of Ramsey, follow the footpath that starts opposite the village hall. The path takes in Upwood Meadow, an ancient grazing field with a wonderful array of wildflowers. After about a mile you’ll reach Ladys Wood, a historic woodland where you’re sure to spot insects, fungi, woodpeckers, blackcaps and redwings and in the evening, tawny owls.

Midday

Refuel at a historic village pub

Stop for lunch back in Upwood at the Cross Keys, a 17th century pub well known for its warm welcome and traditional pub food. It also offers a good wine list and a selection of real ales. Note that lunch is served Wednesday to Sunday, and special offers are available for the over 55s.

Afternoon

Lap up the lost fenland landscape

The untamed fens with abundant wildlife used to stretch hundreds of miles across the east of England, before being drained for farming. The Great Fen is an ambitious 50 year project to restore the land to its original wild state. A fascinating and inspiring place to visit, it’s a haven for rare birds, otters, wildflowers, deer, dragonflies and butterflies.

Upwood Wildlife Trail

For more detailed information on the Historic Town Trail download the leaflet here.

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