Bedwell Hey
"How To Find A Lost Village"
by Brian Watson

The Walk.

Being a lazy so-and-so, I drove from my home in Sutton to Witchford Village Hall's car park on the morning of 6th June and, at 11am prompt, I set off on foot down Bedwell Hey Lane, first passing the fairly new Ely Park housing estate and, a little further on, Ely and District Racing Pigeon Club's premises. I didn't know Ely and District had a Racing Pigeon Club!

The first part of Bedwell Hey lane is well paved, yet plenty of rabbits were hopping about and the hedgerows were full of chirruping birds. The very grand Spinney Lodge is passed on the left and then the Lane does an abrupt right turn.

Just before the diversion round the old airfield, we passed Spinney Lodge - Witchford's equivalent of Buckingham Palace! Well, we had to stop for a photo outside the gates, didn't we?!

This is because the area was formerly cleared in World War II to be part of Witchford Aerodrome (most of which is now the Lancaster Way Industrial Estate) and Bedwell Hey Lane was diverted to skirt its perimeter. It is still well surfaced and very easy to walk on.
In fact, all the route turned out to have an easy surface to walk on.

One of the reasons people love the Fens - the spectacular skies

One of the reasons people hate the countryside - an enormous pile of manure. Pooh!