People walking at Woodwalton Fen

Robert Enderby

Two participants of the Rothschild Way Challenge 2017 hold up their certificates

Two participants of the Rothschild Way Challenge 2017 hold up their certificates

Rothschild bungalow at Woodwalton Fen

Rothschild Way Challenge

Location: Wicken Fen, Lode Lane,
Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5XP
Are you up for taking part in the challenge of this 39-mile sponsored walk?

Event details

Meeting point

Starts at National Trust's Wicken Fen - finishes at the Rothschild's Bungalow in Woodwalton Fen


Meeting for breakfast at 5am at Wicken Fen, you'll aim to complete the 39-mile course in 17 hours
A static map of Rothschild Way Challenge

About the event

The Rothschild Way is a guided trail connecting existing footpaths between Wicken Fen and Woodwalton Fen. It was created to celebrate the historic connection between the two oldest nature reserves in the country, founded by Sir Charles Rothschild. 

The Wildlife Trust BCN is looking for participants willing to take up the challenge to complete the 39 mile walk in under 17 hours, and we encourage participants to try to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship. The money will support work to create and manage wildlife habitats in the Great Fen. The walk helps us to celebrate our natural heritage and the route travels through some of our most iconic Cambridgeshire landscape.

You will start the day early at 5am with breakfast at National Trust's Wicken Fen, the walk will start at 6am and take you along lovely riverside areas full of wildlife and you will finish at the beautiful Rothschild's Bungalow to collect your medal and certificate. Most importantly, you will be raising money for one of the most amazing conservation projects in the country today.

If you can't manage the whole 39 miles then get a team together of two or four walkers and do a stage each. You can secure a place with just £15 registration fee, or £35 for a team of four. All participants will be sent our special Welcome Packs filled with route details, parking information, maps and fundraising ideas and training support will be provided in the lead up to the event. 



£15 registration fee, or £35 for a team of four.

Additional booking information

Booking essential. Training for this long distance walk is advised.

Know before you go


No dogs permitted


People with limited mobility please contact organiser in advance

Wheelchair access

Wheelchair users please contact organiser in advance

Parking information

Park at Wicken Fen car park (more info provided in your welcome pack once you have bought your ticket)



Contact us

Contact number: 01487 710420
Contact email:
A map of the 39-mile Rothschild Way Challenge walk with the route marked in purple

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