Wately one
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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Waterbeach and Ely.

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Grid Ref TL4957165373
Lat / Lon 52.26620° / 0.19043°
Easting / Northing 549,571E / 265,373N
What3Words geese.aquatic.punctual
Grid Ref TL5380580266
Lat / Lon 52.39882° / 0.25923°
Easting / Northing 553,805E / 280,266N
What3Words tortoises.congas.refrained

Wately One's land is

Arable 62.2%
Marshes 0.7%
Pasture 23.9%
Urban 13.2%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018



26 Mar 2022 Spring

A very enjoyable route to walk or jog. Path is uneven in places and can be muddy in winter and a bit overgrown in places in the summer. Spring is a perfect time to walk it. When you get to Ely you can cross the river and continue following it in towards town on the north side rather than going straight to the centre.


10 Jan 2022 Winter

Very simple route to follow to get from Waterbeach to Ely by mostly following the bank of the River Cam/Great Ouse. The path from just south of Upware to Dimmock's Cote Road can be very muddy during the winter and can be very uneven in places. There are often cows in the fields between Waterbeach and Upware, so care needs to be taken in some of those fields.

Other than the 5 Miles From Anywhere pub in Upware, there are very few facilities on the route, but you should be able to see Ely cathedral from at least half way on a good weather day!.


22 Aug 2021 (edited 10 Oct 2022) Summer

I've walked this route several times to get from Waterbeach to Ely, often in autumn or winter. It's a comparatively straightforward route through a fairly empty section of Fenland. There's a pub at Upware, otherwise few facilities en route. Navigation is straightforward, often following the banks of the Cam. The section just to the south of Dimmock's Cote Road can be very wet and muddy: it's a heavily rutted farm track. Dimmock's Cote Road is quite busy and fast, so take care when crossing.

North of Dimmock's Cote Road the route skirts Kingfishers Bridge nature reserve: take care to follow local signs regarding paths in order to avoid disturbing ground-nesting birds. This is a good spot for seeing marsh harriers.

The last section on the approach to Ely is a shared-use path also used by bicycles.

Some sections of the route, especially around Upware, cross fields that often have cattle -- and sometimes cows with calves -- in them in spring and summer.

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