Comments on this trip
21 Sep 2016
|Paddled this today all very pleasant with little weed. We ventured down Wicken Fen and were welcomed by the ranger who wondered out loud why more canoes don't go down there!The lock at Upware to get on the Cam is a faff but doable.....go through with a cruiser if you can!I hammocked overnight by the side of Reach Lode at the far end of The Hythe in Reach with nothing but positive comments from the locals.
15 May 2011
|Re Access to Wicken Fen NT site. They say they do not allow canoes down the narrow lode that leads to Wicken Fen landing jetty, because of disturbance (despite the fact that they run an electric boat up and down it for paying customers!)
15 May 2009
|Thanks Nick - I've made the correction.
13 May 2009
|Just a small correction - the pub at Upware is not called the Pike & Eel. It is (and has been for many years) the Five Miles Inn (Five Miles From Anywhere).Burwell Lode is easily passable at most times of the year. It tends to get a little weedy at the Cock-Up bridge but you really wouldn't want to go much further down it than that anyway.
03 Jan 2009
|Thank you so much for this trip. It's one of my favourite paddles - such lovely clear water, wildlife and aquatic flora. Top tip: if there's a breeze from the west, as there often is, take an umbrella and you can sail down Wicken Lode in total tranquillity!
14 Mar 2007
|Burwell and Reach lodes can be almost impassable because of water weed growth between late May and late July each year. The EA cut the weeds in late July and then navigation is ok until the following May.
11 Aug 2006
|If you need a drink afterwards, you can't do better than a pint at The Dyke's End. Read the story. Pubs like this deserve to be supported!