Ely

Cambridgeshire


Slow Ways linking Ely and Brandon, Chatteris, Littleport, March, Mildenhall, Soham, Waterbeach, Willingham

Progress towards triple-checked route options for Ely’s eight Slow Ways: 44%

Drawn: 8/8
reviewed: 5/8
verified: 1/8
and surveyed: 0/8

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Walk to Ely from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Chatteris—Ely
Chaely one Pioneer me Distance 24km/15mi Ascent 64m Descent 76m
Ely—Brandon
Elybra one Pioneer me Distance 33km/21mi Ascent 99m Descent 109m
Ely—Littleport
Elylit one

Verify me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 64m Descent 45m
Ely—Littleport
Elylit two

Double check Distance 11km/7mi Ascent - Descent -
Ely—Littleport
Elylit three Verify me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent - Descent -
Ely—Mildenhall
Elymil one Verify me Distance 26km/16mi Ascent 88m Descent 98m
Ely—Soham
Elysoh one Pioneer me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 43m Descent 56m
Ely—Soham
Elysoh two

Double check Distance 12km/7mi Ascent 38m Descent 51m
March—Ely
Marely one

Double check Distance 33km/21mi Ascent 130m Descent 112m
Waterbeach—Ely
Wately one Survey me Distance 19km/12mi Ascent 94m Descent 80m
Willingham—Ely
Wilely one Pioneer me Distance 22km/13mi Ascent 61m Descent 74m

Collective progress

48% of Ely’s routes are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

11/11

drawn

7/11

reviewed

2/11

surveyed

1/11

verified

12 people have contributed to Ely’s Slow Ways

2 people have pledged to walk and review a route

2 people have surveyed a route in Ely

121km out of 212km have been walked and reviewed

224km of reviews have been shared in Ely

Latest Updates

The railway crossing about 4 miles out from Ely is closed requiring a back track and making use of the walker unfriendly roads....

WillBriggs

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The first half of the route between Ely and river takes in some areas of housing and then skirts through Ely Country Park and areas of common land, rich in vegetation and wildlife....

kib21

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Ely—Littleport

mtormey added Elylit three, a new walk from Ely to Littleport

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I like the idea of there being a route that doesn't simply use the riverside between Ely and Littleport, but this one unfortunately doesn't work!...

mtormey

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A short stretch of footpaths amid the various rail lines in the area gets you to the walk along the River Ouse. From there, it's a straightforward walk all the way to Littleport....

mtormey

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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....

Jeanette

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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....

cenbons

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Ely

bemo surveyed Ely

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I walked from Littleport, but the footbridge was closed, therefore continued on along the river, eventually coming into Ely by crossing the river on the main road bridge south of the town. After that you can go back up the river and into the town, but I went to the railway station. If the bridge is going to remain closed a new route is needed, perhaps keeping on the West Bank of the river....

Treeflea

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Ely—Littleport

bemo added Elylit two, a new walk from Ely to Littleport

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It’s generally a straightforward route, the only issue being that the pedestrian footbridge across the River Great Ouse around 1 Km south of Queen Adelaide is currently closed, with access to the footbridge blocked by wire mesh fencing....

swebbews

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The route is not the most picturesque, although the stretch along the river is pleasant enough. The paths were generally well-maintained, apart from one kissing gate that was overgrown with nettles. There was some confusion at the Soham end of the walk regarding the route under the railway line - we ended up going under a very low bridge to reach the other side....

stevemmitchell

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stevemmitchell took this photo on Elysoh two

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The section just to the south of Dimmock's Cote Road can be very wet and muddy: it's a heavily rutted farm track. 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....

kib21

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Grassy path (river bank) all the way from Queen Adelaide to Littleport. Grass path is sometimes over grown and cows can be found grazing. Not suitable for wheelchair users....

Slowwaywalker

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carolinealicemead surveyed Elylit one

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The section between Little Downham and the Hundred Foot Washes isn't really walkable, sadly: most of it's extremely overgrown all year round, to the extent that it's basically impassable. A better option is to take West Fen Drove out of Little Downham, then Byall Fen Drove to the Hundred Foot Washes. (The path along the edge of the Washes isn't great either, but it does exist!)...

Katie Sykes

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rachellzbth surveyed Elymil one

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It's possible to get refreshments and use the toilet at Jude's Ferry in West Row (if you walk by during opening hours), in Isleham at the Co-op if you walk into the village, and Prickwillow if your walk lines up with the opening times at the Engine Museum....

rachellzbth

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rachellzbth took this photo on Elymil one

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Ely

Anne Jackson surveyed Ely

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Ely

LimeyHoya surveyed Ely

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Chatteris—Ely

Slow Ways added Chaely one, a new walk from Chatteris to Ely

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Ely—Brandon

Slow Ways added Elybra one, a new walk from Ely to Brandon

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Ely—Littleport

Slow Ways added Elylit one, a new walk from Ely to Littleport

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Ely—Mildenhall

Slow Ways added Elymil one, a new walk from Ely to Mildenhall

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Ely—Soham

Slow Ways added Elysoh one, a new walk from Ely to Soham

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Ely—Soham

Slow Ways added Elysoh two, a new walk from Ely to Soham

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March—Ely

Slow Ways added Marely one, a new walk from March to Ely

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Waterbeach—Ely

Slow Ways added Wately one, a new walk from Waterbeach to Ely

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Willingham—Ely

Slow Ways added Wilely one, a new walk from Willingham to Ely

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Ely, Tue 31 January

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Ely’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

TL5380580266

Lat / Lon

52.39882° / 0.25923°

Easting / Northing

553,805E / 280,266N

Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Ely's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket

Restaurant

Accommodation

Accommodation < £50

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

"Walkers are Welcome" town

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