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Whittlesey Heritage Walk

Creating a new, local heritage walk that encourages people to explore the fascinating and often undiscovered history of the ancient market town.

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Background

Originally identified as part of the Growing Fenland Whittlesey project, the Whittlesey Heritage Walk is being made a reality thanks to funding provided by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority. The project is being led 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.

The Whittlesey Heritage Walk will take in the town's most historic landmarks and provide a unique insight into its history and heritage, as well as provide key local transport information.

Walk Route

The route identified for the Whittlesey Heritage Walk is an updated version of the Whittlesey Town Trail. In addition, it will also include 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 brochure will be available online to view or download. Printed copies will also be provided on request.
  • The route will feature on the free to use Love Exploring mobile phone app. This puts the power of discovery at your finger-tips, providing a range of games and guided tours.

What's happened so far?

  • Branding - A bespoke logo and brand style for the Whittlesey Heritage Walk has been developed. This gives the walk a recognisable identity, tied strongly to 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 has been collected for inclusion in the leaflet, boards and Mobile App.
  • Route audit - Footpaths along the route have been assessed. Work has started to introduce additional dropped kerbs to improve access. New surfacing of key sections path along the route has also been included in the project. This work will be undertaken shortly.
  • Public engagement - Residents, businesses and members of the public have provided comments and feedback on the project through online consultation and direct correspondence with the project team.
  • Whittlesey Heritage Walk launch - due Summer 2022.

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