Cambridge to March

World famous Cambridge, iconic Ely Cathedral and fabulous Fenland combine for a great journey!


£15.40 for an Anytime Single

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No. of Attractions:

9 places to visit

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Journey Duration:

34 minutes

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Starting point:

Cambridge Railway Station

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Journey fact:

Ely was once an island surrounded by marshland, giving it a unique geographical history. The city's name derives from "Eel Island," reflecting its rich eel fishing heritage. The eels were so abundant that they were used as currency, particularly by the monks of Ely Cathedral, who paid their taxes to the Crown in eels, further entwining this humble fish with the city's historical fabric.

Journey Overview

Board the train in Cambridge and feel the excitement build as you settle into your seat, the historic cityscape of Cambridge slipping away as the train gently rolls out of the station. The journey to Ely is brief, but full of charm. Watch as the urban sprawl fades into verdant fields, dotted with ancient trees and grazing cattle. The landscape begins to open up, and soon the magnificent Ely Cathedral appears on the horizon, its towers reaching majestically towards the sky, dominating the flat Fens like a sentinel.

As you leave Ely, the train glides through vast expanses of fenland, a unique and captivating landscape. The wide, open skies stretch infinitely, often adorned with dramatic clouds casting shadows over the patchwork of fields below. The train tracks cut through acres of rich, black peat soil, where crops grow in abundance, their orderly rows stretching into the distance. In spring and summer, the fields burst with vibrant greens and yellows, a painter’s palette of nature’s finest hues.

Approaching Manea, the scenery is tranquil and serene. The wetlands surrounding the area host a variety of birdlife, and if you’re lucky, you might spot a heron standing still by a quiet stream or a flock of geese flying in formation. The peacefulness of the Fens is almost meditative, offering a stark contrast to the bustling start of your journey.

Continuing to March, the landscape becomes more varied. The town is surrounded by waterways, and the glistening rivers and canals reflect the sky like a mirror. Fields are interspersed with small woodlands, and the occasional farmhouse stands as a solitary guardian of the land. The rural charm is accentuated by the sight of boats gently drifting along the River Nene, creating a picturesque scene of pastoral England.

Throughout the journey, the changing light and weather paint the landscape in different moods and shades, making each glance out the window a new discovery. This train ride through Cambridgeshire is a visual feast, a moving canvas of England’s rural heartland that captivates the senses and soothes the soul.


A Fab Day Out!

Begin your adventure in the vibrant city of Cambridge, where you’ll catch an early morning train to Ely, a short 15-minute journey away. Arriving in Ely, you’re immediately greeted by the sight of Ely Cathedral, known as the “Ship of the Fens” for its towering presence over the flat landscape. Take time to explore this stunning Gothic structure, with its intricate carvings and the unique octagon tower offering breathtaking views. A stroll around Ely’s charming streets reveals quaint shops and cafes, perfect for a mid-morning coffee.

Next, hop back on the train for a short ride to Manea, a hidden gem in the Cambridgeshire Fens. Here, enjoy the tranquillity of the local countryside. If you’re a nature enthusiast, the Manea Pit Nature Reserve offers peaceful walking trails where you can spot a variety of wildlife and enjoy the serene waterside views. This lesser-known stop provides a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle.

Continue your journey to March, a market town with a rich history. Visit the March Museum to learn about the local heritage, or take a leisurely walk along the River Nene, which winds through the town. The riverside parks are perfect for a picnic lunch, surrounded by lush greenery. Don’t miss the impressive St Wendreda’s Church, renowned for its magnificent double-hammer beam roof adorned with wooden angels.

As your day draws to a close, board the train for a relaxed journey back to Cambridge. Reflect on the day’s adventures as you traverse the picturesque landscapes of the Fens. This itinerary offers a perfect blend of history, nature, and local culture, making for a memorable and enriching day out. Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or simply seeking a charming escape, this train journey through Cambridgeshire’s hidden treasures has something for everyone.

For a longer stay, it’s worth checking out the fast guided busway which glides all the way through the Fens to the magnificent market towns of St. Ives and Huntingdon or the U1 bus which is a great tour of Cambridge City Centre. Alternatively, the 18 to St. Neots provides a sojourn through classic Cambridgeshire villages and the 12 to Newmarket, provides a fabulous half day in this iconic horse racing town.

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