In the heart of The Fens, the Ouse Washes forms the largest area of washland (grazing pasture that flood in the winter) in the UK. The Ouse Washes Landscape, surrounding this 17th century master-piece of drainage engineering, is a fascinating man-made place to visit whether you're looking for fun-filled outdoor activities, rich and diverse history and culture or perfect tranquility.
The Ouse Washes Landscape, stretching for over 48km between Denver Complex near Downham Market and Fen Drayton Lakes in between St Ives and Cambridge, is a very distinctive landscape that also happens to be immensely beautiful. Huge open skies, expansive views, strongly linear landscape features and isolated settlements give it a sense of mystery and tranquility.
The area has unique historic origins, is an important food production area, contains abundant and internationally significant wildlife, and offers rich fenland cultural customs, folklore and arts. It's been home to Oliver Cromwell, the Hovertrain trials of the 1970s and Fen Skating champions.
The Ouse Washes Landscape makes a fascinating place to visit no matter what you're in to and no matter what time of year it is:
The Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme (OWLP) has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, in order to promote the area surrounding the Ouse Washes, its fascinating wildlife and heritage, and to encourage community engagement with the area's diverse heritage. You can check out the partnership's website at www.ousewashes.org.uk for our regular and varied events and ideas for things to do in the area: see for instance our extensive What''s On Calendar, our Interactive Map and Volunteer opportunities sections.
For the second year running, we will also put on a good show during our fortnight of events from 18-31 July 2016, OuseFest 2016, with over 100 events lined up this year!
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