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Come and explore this fascinating fen-edge landscape.  Way marked paths lead you from the historic villages of Lode, Stow-cum-Quy and Horningsea into a countryside full of farming activity.  At the heart if this agricultural landscape lies Quy Fen, a peaceful common with a rich variety of wildlife habitats.  Visit Anglesey Abbey, Lode Mill and the site of the Cambridgeshire to Mildenhall railway line, and learn about some of the changes this area has seen.  A good network of rights of way provides the opportunity to explore this area from a variety of starting points and enables you to create a walk of an appropriate length for your needs. 

Starting from Lode - Join the network at Lode Mill, at the end of Mill Road, Lode.  Parking is available at Anglesey Abbey (during opening hours).

Starting from Stow-cum-Quy - Begin at Station Road, Stow-cum-Quy. Parking is available at The Wheatsheaf Public House, Stow-cum-Quy.

Starting from Horningsea - The walk commences at the layby on the Horningsea Road just north of the village.

How to get there

  • By Bus: Stagecoach Cambus and Whippet coaches operate services between Cambridge and Waterbeach which stop in Horningsea; and Stagecoach Cambus operates services between Cambridge and Newmarket/Ely which stop in Stow-cum-Quy and Lode.  For timetable details call Tel: Stagecoach Cambus 01333 423554, Tel: Whippet Coaches 01480 463792.
  • By Train: The nearest station is at Waterbeach, which is about 2km/1 1/4 miles (by footpath) from the route at Horningsea.  For timetable details call National Rail Tel: 08457 484950.
  • By Road:  From the A14 take the B1047 north to Horningsea (NB - exit on eastbound carriageway only) or the B1102 north to Quy and Lode.
  • Enquiries: Cambridgeshire County Council Public Transport - General Enquirires Tel: 01223 717740

Further Information

A network offering walks of 2.6 miles 

Allow approximately 1 - 4 hours

Footwear - The route can be wet and muddy in places, particularly after heavy rain.  Strong, waterproof footwear is essential.

Maps - The route can be followed on OS 1:50,000 Landranger Sheet 154 (Cambridge and Newmarket) or on OS 1:25,000 Exployer Series Sheets 226 (Ely and Newmarket) and 209 (Cambridge).

Waymarking - All the rights of way are signposted at metalled roads.  Look also for waymarks which indicate the direction of the route along the rights of way.  Other rights of way connect with the main network and can be used to create shorter or different walks.  Yellow arrows mark footpaths, blue arrows bridleways and red arrows byways.  

Refreshments - Refreshments can be obtained from: Horningsea: The Crown and Punchbowl and The Plough and Fleece Public Houses.  Ansells Garden and Leisure Centre, High Street, Horningsea offers a wide range of facilities including The Pantry, which serves Morning Coffee, Lunches and Teas (10.30 - 3.30).  The Garden Centre is open from 8.30 - 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and 9.30 - 5pm Sunday. Lode: Anglesey Abbey - National Trust. Stow-cum-Quy: The White Swan and The Wheatsheaf Public Houses.

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