What it's like
There are no great hills to climb here but there are plenty of enjoyable walks in beautiful, flat countryside. And there are an array of rural pubs and old fashioned tea rooms to break up your day. This is definitely family friendly walking.
The county stretches from Haverhill to Wisbech and Huntingdon to Ely with pretty villages scattered throughout.
You’ll find plenty of woods, streams, country lanes and chocolate box vistas to keep you happy.
The main city Cambridge, renowned for its historic colleges and stunning architecture, is a fascinating place to discover on foot. Despite an abundance of boutiques and coffee shops , it retains a quaint learned charm with its bicycling students, University shops and punting on the River Cam.
The Wimpole Way, starting in Cambridge is a 13 mile stroll which leads you through gently rolling countryside, and ancient woodland before ending at the spectacular Georgian Mansion Wimpole Hall. Once there you can explore the Capability Brown grounds on a variety of walks.
The 18th Century Houghton Mill near Huntingdon is a working water mill and a great start point for many walks because of its surrounding meadows and willow trees.
Close to the cathedral city of Ely, the Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve is the oldest reserve in Britain and home to wild ponies, otters and rare butterflies. Both are fantastic places for walking.
As well as its famous cathedral, Ely also has a pretty Waterside area and Oliver Cromwell’s house.
So if leisurely countryside strolls with picture-postcard villages, historic landmarks and tea rooms along the way, are your thing, head to Cambridgeshire.
- Cambridge to Grantchester Start off in Cambridge and make your way through the historic city, and it’s landmarks, along the River Cam to the pretty village of Grantchester .
- A circuit of the villages of Boxworth and Knapwell This scenic route starts and finishes at the 16th Century Golden Ball pub and is dotted with woods, streams and thatched cottages.
- Wansford Make your way through lush fields near the beautiful Wansford Bridge over the River Nene. Then treat yourself to tea at the posh Haycock hotel after a day of heron, buzzard, kingfisher and badger spotting.
Must see and do
- Punting on the River Cam No trip to Cambridge is complete without going punting. Punt yourself or have a chauffeur www.puntingincambridge.com
- Drink in The Eagle Benet’s Street, just of King’s Parade, Cambridge This is where Crick and Watson came to celebrate their discovery of DNA. See the names of 2nd WW airmen who burned messages in the ceiling of The RAF Bar. 01223 505020
- Orchard Garden Tea Room Sit in the deckchairs of this glorious orchard, once frequented by war poet Rupert Brooke and novelist Virginia Woolf, and enjoy some tea and cakes. www.orchard-grantchester.com 01223 84588
Destination County : Cambridgeshire