Coe Fen is a semi-rural meadowland area to the east of the River Cam in the south of the city of Cambridge, England.It lies at the back of Peterhouse (one of the University of Cambridge colleges) to the north, the Fitzwilliam Museum, and The Leys School to the south. The fen is straddled by the Fen Causeway (A1134 road) across the Cam. There is also a footbridge at the back of The Leys School to the south and Crusoe Bridge is just north of the Fen Causeway Bridge.
The area is very bucolic considering its closeness to the centre of Cambridge and cows graze the grassland here. Walking and cycling is pleasant in the areaand in the summer there is punting on the river.
On the opposite (west) side of the river is Sheep's Green, and Sheep's Green and Coe Fen is a Local Nature Reserve.
Coe Fen and Sheep's Green form a natural area that was once important for the commercial activity of Cambridge.There were up to three watermills in the area. The land between the artificially raised banks of the watercourses was liable to flooding and thus only suitable for grazing (cows on Coe Fen, sheep on Sheep's Green, hence the names). By the 19th century, the fen had become very boggy and was partially drained to help avoid disease. Today, the land is a semi-natural area.
Hodson’s Folly is a small stone shelter in the classical style near the bridge between Sheep’s Green and Coe Fen. The summerhouse was built in 1887 by John Hodson, who later became a Pembroke College butler, to keep watch on his daughter when she swam in the river. The site has been in the ownership of Cambridge City Council since 1936.It was attacked by vandals in 2014, prompting a petition to restore it.
In 2013 Cambridge Past Present and Future is working with local people to restore and improve the Hodson's Folly, its boathouse and secret garden.
The northern end of Coe Fen extends across punt rollers to connect with Mill Lane across a weir. The grassy peninsula is named after the former practice of stretching out laundry there, to dry and bleach in the sun. Owing to its proximity to the pubs The Anchor and The Mill, it is a popular spot for picnics in summer.
Coe Fen is the name of a hymn tune by Ken Naylor, used for the hymn How shall I sing that majesty?
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The River Cam is the main river flowing through Cambridge in eastern England. After leaving Cambridge, it flows north and east into the Great Ouse to the south of Ely at Pope's Corner. The Great Ouse connects the Cam to the North Sea at King's Lynn: The total distance from Cambridge to the sea is about 40 mi (64 km) and is navigable for punts, small boats, and rowing craft. The Great Ouse also connects to England's canal system via the Middle Level Navigations and the River Nene. In total, the Cam runs for around 69 kilometres (43 mi) from its furthest source to its confluence with the Great Ouse.
The Fen Rivers Way is a long distance footpath that spans a distance of 50 miles (80 km). It runs between the City of Cambridge and the town of King's Lynn in West Norfolk. It follows the course of the River Cam and River Great Ouse across the Fenland landscape into the Wash. It provides a small part of European Long Distance Path E2 which goes from Nice to Galway.
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The Backs is a picturesque area to the east of Queen's Road in the city of Cambridge, England, where several colleges of the University of Cambridge back on to the River Cam, their grounds covering both banks of the river.
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Fen Ditton is a village on the northeast edge of Cambridge in Cambridgeshire, England. The parish covers an area of 5.99 square kilometres (2 sq mi).
Iffley Lock is a lock on the River Thames in England near the village of Iffley, Oxfordshire. It is on the southern outskirts of Oxford. The original lock was built by the Oxford-Burcot Commission in 1631 and the Thames Navigation Commission replaced this in 1793. The lock has a set of rollers to allow punts and rowing boats to be moved between the water levels.
Midsummer Common is an area of common land in Cambridge, England. It lies northeast of the city centre on the south bank of the River Cam.
Jesus Lock is a lock on the River Cam in the north of central Cambridge, England. This is Lock No. 1 on the navigable portion of the River Cam. It was built in 1836 and is the only lock in the city. Jesus Green Lock Cottage, the former lock-keeper's cottage, is by the lock on Jesus Green. It is owned by the Conservators of the River Cam and is rented out to students.
Jesus Green is a park in the north of central Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, north of Jesus College. Jesus Ditch runs along the southern edge Jesus Green. On the northern edge of Jesus Green is the River Cam, with Chesterton Road on the opposite side. To the east is Victoria Avenue and beyond that Midsummer Common, common land that is still used for grazing. Victoria Avenue crosses the Cam at Victoria Bridge, connecting to Chesterton Road, at the northeastern corner of Jesus Green.
Trumpington Road is an arterial road in southeast central Cambridge, England. It runs between the junction of Trumpington Street and Lensfield Road at the northern end to the junction of the High Street in the village of Trumpington and Long Road at the southern end. The Fen Causeway leads off to the west near the northern end, over Coe Fen and the River Cam.
Magdalene Street is a street in the north of central Cambridge, England. It runs between Castle Street, by Castle Hill, at the junction with Northampton Street and Chesterton Lane, then Chesterton Road, to the northwest and Bridge Street at the junction with Thompson's Lane to the southeast.
Elizabeth Way is a road in northeast Cambridge, England. It is designated the A1134 and forms part of Cambridge's inner ring road. At the northern end is a roundabout forming a junction with Milton Road. Near the north end is another roundabout linking with Chesterton Road to the west. At the southern end there is a roundabout that links with East Road and Newmarket Road.
Fen Causeway is a link road in the city of Cambridge, United Kingdom, constructed in the mid-1920s to ease the pressure on Silver Street. It forms part of the A1134 ring road. It links Newnham Road and Trumpington Road and spans the River Cam with Sheep's Green to the south and Coe Fen to the north. There is little residential development on this road.
Sheep's Green and Coe Fen is a 16.9 hectare Local Nature Reserve in Cambridge. It is owned and managed by Cambridge City Council.
Sheep's Green Bridge is a footbridge over the River Cam in Cambridge, England. It is the second bridge on the river as it flows into Cambridge. It connects Coe Fen near Sheep's Green and Lammas Land. The bridge was opened in 1910 to replace the chain ferry taking ladies over to the bathing place on Sheep's Green. After deterioration in the bridge's condition it was reconstructed in 2006, the decking was relaid and the steps were replaced with ramps.
Crusoe Bridge is a footbridge over the River Cam in Cambridge, England. It is the fourth River Cam bridge overall and the last footbridge on its upper upstream in Cambridge. It connects Coe Fen with Sheep's Green, the wooden deck is on 4 steel piers. The bridge name is derived from the nearby 'Robinson Crusoe Island'.