100 Foot Bank
Spread your wings at WWT Welney Wetland Centre and spend a day exploring the wetlands in the heart of the Fens. Your wild adventure is enhanced by the comforts found in the eco-friendly visitor centre. Begin your day with breathtaking views over the Fen landscape from the cafe. Here you can spy hares boxing, and water voles in spring or the elusive water rail in winter, all with a nice cup of tea or coffee.
The sustainability features included in the build of the visitor centre in 2006 were cutting edge. But we can’t rest on this alone, 10 years down the line we are still looking for every improvement possible to keep working practices and energy use to a sustainable level, for example upgrading the lighting to LED’s.
A walk across the footbridge brings you to the first and largest of the hides; where commentated swan feeds can be enjoyed during the winter months. There is no need to worry about getting chilly; this centrally heated hide allows you to watch the swan spectacle in comfort. In the summer months watch house martins and swallows raise their young in front of you.
The main hide is an older build than the visitor centre and has also benefitted from improvements over the years to make sure than energy is not wasted, for example upgrading the insulation in the walls.
Exploring the wider reserve will give you access to four further hides, from which you can watch thousands of ducks and wading birds in winter or chicks and duckling taking their first steps in summer. Along the footpaths look out for butterflies, bumblebees and dragonflies, or find out what lives beneath the surface at the pond dipping stations.
Enjoy swathes of colour as wildflowers line the summer walk, and totally immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the wetlands at this furthest point of the reserve.
Everything you need for an unforgettable day out.
The nearest mainline railway station is Littleport – 5 miles away.
Welney Wetland Centre is located 12 miles north of Ely, 26 miles north of Cambridge and 33 miles east of Peterborough. It is 2 miles south of Welney village turning off the A1101 at the New Bedford Suspension Bridge, signposted Ten Mile Bank.
Please not – Occasionally, the A1101 between Welney Village and Suspension Bridge floods and is closed to cars. Under such circumstances, access to WWT Welney is always possible from Ely or Downham Market, from the A10.
We can be found on Sus Trans route 11. We have cycle racks at the front of the centre and we can provide locked and sheltered storage if required.