The Fens & The Wash


People often ask me about where I live and what are the ‘Fens’……really and truly they are large stretches of land, in Lincolnshire, North Cambridgeshire and a little in Norfolk, that are surrounded by drainage ditches, no fences or walls.  A lot of them are reclaimed land and the large cathedrals and abbeys would have been built on small islands of firm ground, before reclamation took place.  The land is flat as far as the eye can see, great swaths of it.  Sometimes when we go out for a drive, in what I call the back waters, away from built up areas, you can go for miles before even seeing another car.  In the photo is one of the many farms that dot the landscape, and the tall chimneys, belong to a brick making factory, way off in the distance.  You either like it or dislike, thank goodness I like it, I love the flatness and the huge skies, but I also love the Scottish Mountains 🙂

The following photos where taken at the Wash.  Unless you have seen the Wash, you think once you have climbed up on to the old causeway, the part where we go, that you will see the sea.  No, no sea, just marshland for as far as you can see, then the sea.  This is what the Fens were, before they were drained.

The Wash is situated where Norfolk meets Lincolnshire along the North Sea coast. It is a square-shaped estuary, among the largest in the UK.  Inland from the Wash the land is flat, low-lying, and often marshy. This area is the Fens of Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. The Fens are a large area of drained salt marsh, now a rich fertile home to the extensive arable farms that produce such a rich harvest of grains and vegetables.


  1. Well, I have to admit your fens beat our prairies for flatness. We do get the occasional knoll or river valley to break up the skyline. And I know what you mean about mountains. I think it does the eye good to see them rise up. 🙂

    1. Ha ha, they are flat, pylons are the only things that stick up, along with plenty of wind farms. Its strange, but I do love both, the flatness with the huge skies and the height of the mountains, not over fond of hills, they have to be mountains 🙂

    1. Thank you Jo, its not somewhere really that you would take a holiday, you would head more into Norfolk. But there are some lovely walks and lots of history everywhere 🙂

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