Fen Edge Trail: Thorney “Island” guided heritage walk

Join Thorney Heritage Museum and Cambs Geological Society for a guided walk on the Fen Edge Trail around the Isle of Thorney, taking in cultural history, fenland landscape, geology and wildlife

Date and Time: Sunday 20th June, 2pm-4pm.

Place: Thorney, Cambridgeshire, the Fens.

Cost: £3-£5 donation per person is required please. The donation goes towards the work of the Museum and Fen Edge Trail.

Booking: is essential, due to limited spaces. Please book by contacting: info@cambsgeology.org . You will then be informed of the place to meet.

Other information for the event: The event will be easy walking c. 2 miles slow walk, some on pavement, some on grassy tracks

Fascinating Fens values: The event/activity includes the themes of nature, heritage and wellbeing.


Thorney Abbey was one of the five medieval abbeys in the Fens, the other four being Crowland Abbey, Ramsey Abbey, Peterborough Cathedral and Ely Cathedral. Parts of the remains of Thorney Abbey now form the Church of St Mary and St Botolph. Thorney has a varied history of being home to the 1st Earl of Bedford. It’s intriguing to walk around to see how the village buildings are built from the same stone, and the Dukes of Bedford built the agricultural village for their workers.

Thorney Heritage Museum:

A lovely place to visit, run by the Thorney Society. It would normally be open most Sunday afternoons during the summer, but due to current building work please check their website for opening hours. Their exhibits include: Thorney’s history, draining of the fens, French settlers, flooding, and WW1. For more information please visit their website http://www.thorney-museum.org.uk. The museum designed the Thorney Fen Edge Trail

Fen Edge Trails:

The Fen Edge Trail is an amazing initiative that is producing fantastic walking guides around the edge of the Cambridgeshire Fens based on the geology of the area. Individual walks are an average 5 miles in distance and the guides give details of landmarks, nature and fen history along the way. The guided walk featured here “Isle of Thorney” is part of their collection. Please see their website for other great walks http://www.fenedgetrail.org

Cambs Geological Society:

The Cambridgeshire Geological Society (CGS) created the Fen Edge Trail. The society promotes interest in the geology in Cambridgeshire, the UK and worldwide. They welcome new members, and hold regular talks. See their website for more information http://www.cambsgeology.org