MARPA LINE WALKS
WALK 12 - Soham to Ely
This is a continuation of the walk from Newmarket to Soham and until the campaign to re-open the station at Soham is successful, walkers will have to make use of local bus 12 to reach the start.
Beyond Soham (church and steelyard) the route is along part of the towns millennium walks and art trail, including the site of the explosion in 1944 when a truck of an ammunition train blew up. But for the bravery of three railwaymen it might have been much worse.
The clear, reedy waters of Soham Lode skirt the former mere and from its elevated bank top path there are wide panoramas over the surrounding fens, with Ely cathedral (the ship of the fens) dominating the view, an ever larger and more magnificent backdrop to the Gt Ouse as the walk nears its end.
Distance 6½ miles - allow about 3-4 hours, but add on time for refreshments, visiting nature reserves, churches, etc. Download the PDF format A4 trifold leaflet (2 mb)
See also Walk 11 - Newmarket to Soham 11 miles (5-6 hours)
Walks selected by Roger Wolfe, Suffolk Area of the Ramblers' Association