Accessibility at Lakenheath Fen

Summary accessibility statement

Before you visit

Permits required for Blue Badge holders to access New Fen viewpoint.

How to get here

By train

At weekends, some trains call at Lakenheath. A new footpath links the visitor centre with Station Road north of the railway station. On weekdays, the closest station is Brandon, 4.7 miles away (7.5km).

By bus

No scheduled buses serve the reserve, but the on-demand Brecks Bus from Brandon and Thetford is available Monday-Friday. To book, phone Brecks Bus on 01638 664304 by noon the weekday before travel.

By bike

The best links for buses are along the byways from Brandon and Hockwold.

By road

From Lakenheath village, travel north on B1112 for about 2 miles (3.2 km). Go over the level crossing and turn left into reserve entrance. From Hockwold village, travel south on B1112 for nearly 1 mile (1.6 km), go over the river bridge and turn right into reserve entrance.

Sat nav POI file: If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.

Other ways to get there

A new footpath links the visitor centre with Station Road north of the railway station. The Hereward Way long-distance footpath runs alongside the reserve and provides a good link into Brandon (4.7 miles/7.5 km).

Access to facilities

Visitor centre
  • Level and step-free.
  • Staffed during opening hours.
  • Hearing induction loop.
Car parking
80 spaces
8 Blue Badge spaces
  • Blue badge parking spaces 130 m from visitor centre.
  • No drop off point.
  • Loose gravel surface.
  • Stone pathway between car park and centre smooth and level with limited gradient. Small bridge with double hand rails.
  • Pass system in the visitor centre for those with mobility difficulties to take a car down to the first viewpoint (limited to 6 cars).
Nature trails access
  • Brandon Fen Family Trail - 1.8m wide circular, flat walk of 1.1km/0.75 mile. Rolled surface with fine stone
  • Main circular trail up to 5 km/8 miles in total. Hard stone.
  • Trails clearly signposted.
  • Wildlife information boards. Volunteer guides at weekends May-August.
  • Most paths have benches at intervals.
  • The Brandon Fen family trail is the most suitable trail for easy mobility.
Viewing points
  • Mere Hide is around one mile from the visitor centre. It is accessed via a 200 metre section of boardwalk off of the main reserve path.
  • Washland: 130 m on rolled stone from car park. Approach 1:10 slope. Ramp 1:10 gradient, stone and grass.
  • New Fen North: 1.1km/0.75 mile on hard stone from visitor centre. Permits from visitor centre allow Blue Badge holders vehicular access (limited to three cars). 1:15 mown grass slope. Seating.
  • Joist Fen: 2.5 km/1.5 miles on hard stone from visitor centre. Approach 1:15 grass slope. Seating.
  • Registered assistance dogs welcome.
  • Other dogs public footpath along riverbank only.