Work is well underway on our exciting project linking the geology and landscapes of the Fen Edge to the local history, culture and wildlife.

We are working with local community groups to design a route around the Cambridgeshire Fens that highlights the landscape history, geology and soils, and their links with human history and wildlife. Walking routes, places of interest and viewpoints will enable you to enjoy this fascinating area that has been of strategic importance for the local inhabitants since their first arrival.

As the land rises from the low lying fens to the surrounding ‘hills’, the character of the buildings, land use and natural history changes. The influence of the chalk uplands to the south east, the claylands to the west, the breckland to the east and the limestone uplands to the north west, have all had their effect. The extensive fenland, which reaches far to the north into Lincolnshire has dominated life on the fen edge and our trail will guide you through its history. The journey from the formation of the original wetland, with its water channels, lakes, reedbeds and tidal marshes that resulted in the deposits of peat and marl, to the draining for use as agricultural land and the current efforts to restore some of its natural values, is one that is unique in England.

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