Whittlesey Heritage Walk

Information and updates on the Whittlesey Heritage Walk project

Introduction

The Whittlesey Heritage Walk is a project to create a local walk that provides a distinctive offer to encourage the exploration of this historic Fenland Town. The route will include historic local landmarks and provide insight into the history and heritage of the town, as well as provide key information regarding bus stop locations, access to Whittlesea Railway Station and the National Cycling Network Route 63 which runs through the town.

Originally identified under proposal four in the Growing Fenland - Whittlesey Report, this project is now being taken forward with funding provided by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority. The project is being directed by a collaborative steering group made up of key stakeholders and independent local representatives with project delivery provided by Fenland District Council's Transport Team.

Route

The route identified for the Whittlesey Heritage Walk is an updated version of the Whittlesey Town Trail. In addition to this the proposal includes routes to Whittlesea Railway Station, Kings Dyke Nature Reserve (location of the new Heritage Centre), Lattersey Nature Reserve and a scenic riverside walk to the south of the town centre.

Wayfinding

Plans include a range of navigation options to help people access the Whittlesey Heritage Walk:

  • Physical waymarkers at junctions and bespoke information boards at key locations will be installed along the route. Additional seating will also be provided at intervals to allow for rest stops along the route.
  • A route leaflet or brochure will be available online to view or download. Printed copies will also be provided on request.
  • A Mobile Phone App will be developed which will provide an interactive option to either read or listen to the historic details presented along the walk.

Project Timetable

  • Branding - plans are underway to create a logo and brand style for the Whittlesey Heritage Walk. This is to give the walk a recognisable identity and will tie strongly with the heritage and charm of Whittlesey Town Centre.
  • Facts, photos and historic information - key facts and interesting information relating to Whittlesey and key sites along the route will be collected for inclusion in the leaflet, boards and Mobile App.
  • Route audit - Footpaths along the route will be assessed with sections requiring surface improvements identified and repaired.
  • Public engagement - Opportunity for residents, businesses and members of the public to comment and feedback on the project as it develops.
  • Whittlesey Heritage Walk launch - due March 2022

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