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Fen Drayton Lakes

Description and Walk

Fen Drayton Lakes in Cambridgeshire is another RSPB bird sanctuary and nature reserve that began life as gravel pits. Excavations were completed in 1992. Thereafter, the pits were allowed to flood naturally and the area was turned over to nature.

There are at least three major lakes at the site, around 12 in all, with approximately 10 miles of walking trails.

Animals and insects that are regularly seen at Fen Drayton include dragonflies, damselflies, swans, geese, and even otters. Some of the meadows are used for grazing cows – as our video shows.

The River Great Ouse is adjacent to the lakes, and a walk along the river’s footpath is easily incorporated into your visit.

Short Video of Fen Drayton Lakes

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Parking address: RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes, Holywell Ferry Road, Cambridge, CB24 4RB.

Parking is available on the main site on Holywell Ferry Road. Note: the official address is Fen Drayton Road. Something doesn't tally, but the place is easy enough to find.

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fen Drayton parking

Parking available on the nature reserve.

Fen Drayton visitor information

Visitor information shelter is beside the car park.

Place/s to Eat

The Three Tuns at nearby Fen Drayton is a thatched roofed Tudor restaurant/pub.

Tel: 01954 230242


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The Three Tuns at Fen Drayton

Further Information

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The Three Tuns here.

Google map here.

PDF with details

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