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Walk to Ely from further afield
|Slow Way||Route||To do|
||Pioneer me||Distance 24km/15mi||Ascent 64m||Descent 76m|
||Pioneer me||Distance 33km/21mi||Ascent 99m||Descent 109m|
||Verify me||Distance 11km/7mi||Ascent 64m||Descent 45m|
||Double check||Distance 11km/7mi||Ascent -||Descent -|
||Verify me||Distance 10km/6mi||Ascent -||Descent -|
||Verify me||Distance 26km/16mi||Ascent 88m||Descent 98m|
||Pioneer me||Distance 13km/8mi||Ascent 43m||Descent 56m|
||Double check||Distance 12km/7mi||Ascent 38m||Descent 51m|
||Double check||Distance 33km/21mi||Ascent 130m||Descent 112m|
||Survey me||Distance 19km/12mi||Ascent 94m||Descent 80m|
||Pioneer me||Distance 22km/13mi||Ascent 61m||Descent 74m|
48% of Ely’s routes are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or 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
The railway crossing about 4 miles out from Ely is closed requiring a back track and making use of the walker unfriendly roads....
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....
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!...
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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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!)...
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....
Ely’s Slow Ways starting point
Lat / Lon
52.39882° / 0.25923°
Easting / Northing
553,805E / 280,266N
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