Holme Fen

I have written before, on this blog, about reaching extremes, particularly in my home United Kingdom. Amazingly, Holme Fen is an extreme and therefore when in the area, back in 2001, I felt a need to visit it. It is just south of Peterborough.


This hardly looks extreme. It’s a flat area reaching as far as the eye can see, but there is variety.


Some of the fen is wooded. In fact it is a fine silver birch wood.

image006We are at the lowest point in Great Britain here. It is 2.75 metres or nine feet below sea level at the lowest point.

If the sea ever burst into this area it would be entirely lost. However, don’t worry too much for it is about 30 miles to the Wash – the nearest bit of coastline.

Photos date from 2001.




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