A special place

Visit Wheatfen and discover a magical reserve with open fens, swaying reeds and wild woodlands just waiting for you to explore.

Discovering Wheatfen is easy – there are a number of pathways, including a 2 mile circular route that leads you around the different habitats of the Reserve. There is a summer path only accessible from May to September which leads you to the River Yare.

We also recommend you bring your wellies if you want to explore Wheatfen! We do ask you to keep to designated paths, boardwalks and tracks but most of our paths are through marsh and woodland. Wildlife is the priority at Wheatfen and although we like dogs, they must be left at home as they are not permitted on the reserve.

There is also no access to Wheatfen by water and canoes are not allowed on the reserve. If you have any questions about access, please feel free to get in touch.

Click the flashing markers on our explore map below to find out more about the reserve, including where to find some of our star species (you might need to tilt your mobile device for the best experience).

wheatfen map
Carpark, toilets and leaflets with maps outside Wardens Office
Smee Loke
A flower-rich corridor of botanical jewels that’s a hotspot for swallowtails over summer
Penguin Dyke
A peaceful corner of the reserve to sit and enjoy the beautiful views down the fen channel
Wheatfen Broad
A special place to watch darting dragonflies, otters and great crested grebe on the Broad
Summer Path
A meandering path through the reedbed, a great spot for warblers over the summer
Alder Carr
Listen out for great spotted woodpeckers and nuthatches along this woodland path
Crakes Path
Keep an eye out over the fen for marsh harriers throughout the year
11 Bridges Path
A great spot for heron and kingfisher, alongside many rare fen flowers

The Reserve

Wheatfen is a reserve with a rich history and thanks to the pioneering efforts of Ted Ellis is home to probably the best studied area of fenland in the entire world. Delve in to learn more.


The reserve is a fantastic place to explore by yourself, however there’s also a programme of events throughout the year suitable for everyone from families to dedicated nature enthusiasts.

Photo gallery

View some stunning photos from Wheatfen.


Swan at dawn © David Nobbs


Swallowtail caterpillar © David Nobbs


Wheatfen in Autumn © Ann Kerridge


Wheatfen Broad © David Nobbs


Autumn at the reserve © Ann Kerridge


Swallowtail butterfly © Will Fitch


Guided Spring Walk © Roger Goodrick


Female Orange tip © Ann Kerridge


Wheatfen in winter © David Nobbs