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|Ely Cathedral and River Trail|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 31 May 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3.5 mile circular walk from the beautiful cathedral city of Ely in Cambridgeshire. The walk leaves the market square to head out along an ancient lane to reach a viewing point at Rowsell Pits nature reserve, before returning along the River Great Ouse and through the city gardens. There’s a chance to visit the famous cathedral, great views across the nature reserve and you can enjoy the tranquillity of this stretch of the river. |
The walk is mostly flat with just one descent as you leave the market place and then one long and steady climb through Jubilee Park to reach the cathedral. There are no stiles, two kissing gates and a number of steps to cross over the footbridge. The paths are a mixture of pavements and tarmac/stone park paths which are all well made. The meadow alongside the river is often used to graze cattle so take care with dogs as you pass through here. Approximate time 1.5 hours.
The walk starts from the Market Square in Ely, on the corner of the High Street and Market Place. Parking is available in a number of pay and display car parks around the city centre. Approximate post code CB7 4NY. Ely train station is within walking distance of the start point.
|Market Place to Railway Bridge|
Start point: 52.399 lat, 0.2661 long
Make your way to Market Square and go to the corner which is the corner of Market Place and High Street. You’ll see the War Memorial here which is a concave decorated arched stone seat set into the wall. Facing the memorial bench, turn left and follow Fore Hill heading down hill.
|Railway Bridge to Springhead Lane|
Start point: 52.3961 lat, 0.2739 long
Follow the main vehicle lane as it swings left through a small parking area. At the end of the parking area continue ahead on the concrete path entering the open fields of Creswells Pocket Park.
|Springhead Lane to Roswell Pits|
Start point: 52.3993 lat, 0.2749 long
Turn right onto Springhead Lane, a wide stone track with arches of trees overhead. The hedgerows lining the ancient lane are filled with typical ancient native species including sloe, elder, ivy and hawthorn. This was once the main thoroughfare to Ely in the early 13th Century.
|Roswell Pits to Cuckoo Bridge|
Start point: 52.4013 lat, 0.2809 long
When you’ve finished enjoying the views, retrace your steps along Kiln Lane. Go ahead over the level crossing. Continue straight ahead along the lane, passing the WA Cook and Sons engineering facility on the right. Go ahead alongside the gate for Environment Agency Ely Depot and along the narrow stone footpath to reach the metal arched bridge, known as Cuckoo Bridge.
|Cuckoo Bridge to Quay House|
Start point: 52.4004 lat, 0.2892 long
Turn round and retrace your steps heading back to the industrial area. Immediately after the parking area for the engineering facility (and before you reach the level crossing), turn left down the narrow tarmac path. The path is signed for Ely and River Way.
|Quay House to Cathedral|
Start point: 52.3954 lat, 0.27 long
Go ahead on the riverside walk, passing The Maltings on the right. The Maltings was built in 1868 for the brewery of Ebenezer William Harlock. After it was damaged by fire it was bought by the district council for £100 and today it is an arts complex including a cinema, theatre, restaurant and bar.
|Cathedral to End|
Start point: 52.3982 lat, 0.2636 long
The Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity is known as the Ship of the Fens, a name inspired by the distant views of its towers which dominate the low-lying fens all around. Construction of the cathedral was begun by William the Conqueror in 1083, with it finally opening in 1189. The cathedral was sympathetically restored between 1845 and 1870 by the architect George Gilbert Scott.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
You just can't believe the scenery! I had no idea how beautiful Ely is!
|By RuthBaldry on 2015-03-08 17:18:56|
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