The Anchor Inn

Bury Lane, Sutton Gault, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB6 2BD, United Kingdom
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From Ely to Wicken Fen: Taxi or Rental Car

by christine.j

We'll be in Cambridge for a few days in July and plan to go to Ely for a day to see the cathedral. There is a very good train connection to Ely. I'd also like to go to Wicken Fen, but couldn't find any public transport to get there. Would you recommend renting a car just for one day? Or taking a taxi from Ely and arrange to be picked up later?
Do you have any idea how much a taxi would be? It's about 9 miles from Ely to Wicken Fen.
Thank you for any information.

Re: From Ely to Wicken Fen: Taxi or Rental Car

by Britannia2

We live 8 miles outside of a big city and a taxi to here is £10 single fare. I would have thought taxi prices in Ely were pretty much the same

Re: From Ely to Wicken Fen: Taxi or Rental Car

by leics

Hiring a car would be good if you can get there early as well as get a cheap rental (though you'd have to get it back for around 5/5.30): much easier to explore the area surrounding the city

Ely is lovely though....far more to see than just the cathedral.......so maybe plan to get a taxi to Wicken (no buses, definitely) only if time allows? My Ely pages will give you some idea of what there is (I didn't manage to see much in my 5 hours or so there). I agree 10 pounds each way (or maybe a bit more, depending) is probably going to be about right for the fare.

Re: From Ely to Wicken Fen: Taxi or Rental Car

by jrs1234

Hi -

hiring a car might be a good idea if you are keen to see Wicken Fen. You could make a day of it by combining it with another out-of-town attraction - Anglesea Abbey is nice and in the right direction, for example:

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-angleseyabbeyandgardenandlodemill/

Cheers,

Jeremy

Re: From Ely to Wicken Fen: Taxi or Rental Car

by christine.j

Thank you all very much. Jane, I well remember you Ely page, an eel with a T-shirt is not so easy to forget! I had read it last year, before I went to Cambridge. But then I spent too much time in Bury St Edmunds and didn't manage to go to Ely. This year I will start in Ely.
Our plan now is to let the weather decide.
If it's pouring we'll take the train and stay in Ely and in case it clears up later, we can take a taxi to Wicken Fen.
If it's sunny we're going to rent a car and go to Ely, Wicken Fen and the Abbey (thanks for the suggestion).

Re: From Ely to Wicken Fen: Taxi or Rental Car

by leics

Think waiting on the weather is a v good idea............do check if the eel still has his t-shirt if you get chance!

Re: From Ely to Wicken Fen: Taxi or Rental Car

by Spincat

It is about £10. My brother lives not so far away at Cottenham, and I can confrim no public transport. Are you going to the fen to see the wild horses?

Re: From Ely to Wicken Fen: Taxi or Rental Car

by Spincat

It is about £10. My brother lives not so far away at Cottenham, and I can confrim no public transport. Are you going to the fen to see the wild horses?

Re: From Ely to Wicken Fen: Taxi or Rental Car

by christine.j

Wild horses? I thought it was an area good for bird watching. I had no idea there are wild horses.

Re: From Ely to Wicken Fen: Taxi or Rental Car

by Spincat

Yes, good for bird watching but also there is a fascinting story about the re-introduction of wild horses: http://www.wicken.org.uk/wildlife_konig.htm. They are mostly in an area that is, normally, closed to the public but you sometimes see them.

Re: From Ely to Wicken Fen: Taxi or Rental Car

by christine.j

Thank you for the link. So maybe we'll even see wild horses!

Re: From Ely to Wicken Fen: Taxi or Rental Car

by Spincat

I have recently read that cranes are coming back to the fens - so you may even see them!

Re: From Ely to Wicken Fen: Taxi or Rental Car

by leics

http://www.rspb.org.uk/news/details.asp?id=tcm:9-159692

Lakenheath though.

Re: From Ely to Wicken Fen: Taxi or Rental Car

by christine.j

Thank you very much for the link. I would love to see cranes! That's another point in favour of a rental car.

Travel Tips for Ely

General impressions of Ely

by Confucius

Ely retains more of a small town atmosphere than Cambridge, in my humble opinion. If coming from London for the weekend, you should spend Saturday at Ely and Sunday in Cambridge. A visit to Ely rewards you with more of a historical appreciation for the entire region of Cambridgeshire and gives you an authentic taste of the countryside. The Cathedral and museums in Ely have interesting stories to tell, and if you've been to Oliver Cromwell's House then you'll be more keen to look for his head at Sidney Sussex College back at Cambridge. London is one of the world's greatest cities but I still believe a visit to England is not complete without venturing out into the countryside. Imagine going to China and only seeing Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong ... or a tour of America that only included New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. You need to spend at least one day in the countryside and try to go off the beaten path. Most of the time, that one day will prove to be the most memorable highlight of your vacation.

So what are they?

by planxty

It's not exactly off the beaten path, but I'm sure many people see this without realising what it is. A modern sulpture, situated outside the Maltings (see seperate tip), it is actually a representation of eel glaves (or gleaves). These were implements used to capture eels, which was an important local trade (so important the town was named for it).

I wouldn't have known myself what they were except there is rather a nice collection of them in the local museum.

So now you know!

Eel-y Ely

by leics

The name 'Ely' derives from 'place of the eels', and the new gardens constructed for the Queen's Golden Jubilee contains this rather magnificent eel-y sculpture (I think the t-shirt is a recent addition!). There's also an eel mosaic, made of bits of Medieval pottery discovered during the archaeological investigations on the site in 2000. It's a nice little park to visit anyway, by the river and with bandstand and a rather good fountain which is much appreciated by the ducks!

Oliver Cromwell's House/Tourist Information Centre

by Confucius

One can not discuss the history of Ely without mentioning Oliver Cromwell, who is also known locally by his nickname "Lord of the Fens".
He is described in Ely tourist literature as a "humble fenland squire with a passion for religion and politics" and is credited with protecting Ely Cathedral from damage. He played a prominent role in Britain's civil war and actually served as an uncrowned king (he preferred the title "Lord Protector") from 1654 until his death from malarial fever in 1658.
His political career did not proceed smoothly though, and in 1636 he even considered joining a Puritan colony in America where pilgrims dined on turkey and yams in late November.
Instead of America, Cromwell moved to Ely and remained at this house from 1636-1646 while serving as local tax collector. The museum shows restored rooms arranged with furniture and artifacts of this time, as you also get a glimpse of 17th century life in the fens of rural England.
Also in Cromwell's house is the Tourist Information Centre, where you can pick up free brochures on Ely and surrounding areas and get help finding accomodations in Ely. The friendly TIC staff will be eager to answer any questions you might have, such as "Which local restaurants still serve eel pies in Ely?"
(Answer: The Boathouse)

Ely's Thursday and Saturday markets

by Confucius

Thursday and Saturday are market days in Ely, and so plan your visit accordingly. The Thursday market is mainly vegetables and fruit, so I suggest you go on Saturday when additional booths feature local handicrafts and antiques.
I went on a Saturday and enjoyed watching a spinning teacup ride for children. The antiques and collectables that were being sold included old Disney toys and plenty of Victorian china with Oriental themes. (See photo #2)

The people who come to market are also an attraction; one can be amused just by looking at all the village folk in the town square. Nowadays though more and more of Ely's population is comprised of Cambridge commuters, so the local market has a traffic jam of elderly people with slow electric buggies and young couples with big baby buggies.

The home-baked goods are tempting and you'll see a large variety of pies, breads, and other goodies like lemon curd and cheeses. (See photo #3) If you still want to try something unusual then consider low fat ostrich burgers, cooked on site by the local ostrich farm family. (See photo #4)

The markets are only on Thursdays and Saturdays, so if you come on a Sunday then the town square will be completely empty. (See photo #5)

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