2.9 of 5 (34 votes)

Littleport to Ely along the River Cam

A moderate walk (riverside) starting and finishing in Cambridgeshire, England, about 9.70km (6.03 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:45h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 7m (22ft)
Descent 2m (6ft)
Max. Elevation 10m (32ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 9m (28ft)
Littleport railway station
Distance 9.70km
Duration ~2:45h
Created by Anonymous Walker on 13 Sep 2014
A beautiful walk along the left bank of the River Cam, crossing over only one road in its 10 miles. Countryside, resembling a Constable painting, but mind some of the herds of cows grazing near the riverbanks.

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OS Grid TL573874
Start by taking the train to Littleport. Both the start and end stations are on the main King's Lynn railway line.
OS Grid TL575864
The path follows the left-hand, or western, side of the canal. Note, the path is overgrown in places: not for cyclists!
About 1.10 km (~0.68 miles) from
OS Grid TL564814
There is only one road to cross, the Ely Road just outside the city. Cross here to the other side of the canal.
About 5.06 km (~3.14 miles) from
OS Grid TL561805
Cross back over at the Roswell Pits nature reserve: www.wildlifebcn.org/reserves/roswell-pits
About 1.01 km (~0.63 miles) from
OS Grid TL547800
The canalside path leads into Ely. Well worth popping into the city if you have not been here before.
About 1.49 km (~0.93 miles) from
OS Grid TL542793
Finish at the station which is near the canal.
About 0.82 km (~0.51 miles) from

1 comment... join the discussion!

Richard Moore
31 Dec 2016
Not The Most Inspiring

A couple of tips to make it a more enjoyable walk;
If you're walking on a bright winters afternoon the sun can be blinding. Better to do littleport to Ely as the sun will be at your backs.
Secondly if you do walk littleport to ely (which is better due to frequency of trains). Don't follow the fen river Way signs taking you across the bridge at the swan pub. Stay on the same side. Much nicer!

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