CULTURE FOCUS (HIDDEN GEMS): Walking in Wisbech
Can we talk about Spring yet? There’s been some sunshine, and hints of warmer weather, but it’s still definitely cold enough to be Winter.
Though not wanting to wish the time away, I think this year is one we’re all ready to see move on to warmer times.
With that in mind, I’m intending to do more walking – working from home is making me even more unfit than I was!
I’m looking forward to seeing improvements in the park, with ideas around creating a building for visitors to use with a garden on the side of it – using recycled bottles as planters is one concept being put forward.
Search for ‘I Love Wisbech’ online for the team behind it and more details as they develop the plan.
This will increase the potential users for the park, such as myself.
As I don’t have young children for the playground or a dog to walk, it would be good to have a reason to go there, use it for exercise, preferably with a cafe or kiosk to get a hot drink and a sit down afterwards!
I haven’t been since the orchard was created, so that is another project to see and enjoy.
There are other walks established through the town, via an app from the HighStreetWisbech.org.uk website which includes the general cemetery, full of Spring flowers at the moment.
There’s one from VisitCambridgeshireFens.org, too.
My favourite is in the Pevsner guide – it may seem a little stuffy if you don’t like architecture, but still worth reading.
It is beautifully written and is in two versions of a book, so no tech needed!
The book is part of the ‘Buildings of England’ series and covers the whole of Cambridgeshire, though Wisbech has the largest section apart from Cambridge.
The library has copies, or you can order it from a second hand bookshop.
It has these lines, which should instil pride in anyone who lives here: “Wisbech is one of the most attractive towns of East Anglia – the two brinks, one of the finest Georgian brick streets of England.”
Walking for pleasure or exercise is different to walking for shopping, work or errands.
Take your time, take a few photos, and slow down to see what you can see.