walks from the door to adventures further afield, there’s plenty to pack into your stay
Less than five miles from the bustling and beautiful city of Cambridge, we are located in a quiet village with walks from the door in all directions including the Pathfinder route.
With easy access to the A14, A428 and M11, it’s a short drive into the historic city as well as a wealth of other interesting places to visit within 30mins.
As well as the majestic college buildings, our local city boasts independent shops, amazing architecture, inspiring museums and art galleries. You can’t come to Cambridge without punting along the River Cam, either with a chauffeur or on your own.
If you visit St Johns college you may recognise some locations from The Theory of Everything – a romantic biopic based on the life of world famous Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who famously studied at Cambridge University. The film was shot on location using many of the University of Cambridge’s colleges, as well as the cobbled streets of the city.
We can advise on the best routes and parking to access the city, as well as our favourite spots.
Local market towns
Ely, St Ives, Bury St Edmunds and Saffrom Walden are all about a 30min drive away and make a nice day out. All have interesting markets and independent shops with tasty spots for lunch.
National Trust properties
Several properities lie within a 30min drive and all make interesting trips. Wimpole Hall has lovely walks in the parkland with Capability Brown landscapes and a impressive mansion and home farm. Anglesey Abbey is Jacobean-style house with gardens and a working watermill, the winter walk is particularly good when the snowdrops are out. Houghton Mill is an impressive working 18th century watermill with local walks along the river. Wicken Fen is a wetland nature reserve and home to 9000 species, with boardwalks to ramble along, cycle hire and boat trips.
Duxford imperial war museum
A huge historic airfield and museum of aviation history. Permanent exhibitions include American Air museum and Battle of Britain , there’s so much to see you may need more than a day!
Whether you walk along the river or arrive by punt, Granchester is a beautiful spot. The Orchard tearooms were made famous by the Bloomsbury group and the ITV has recently been filming their 1950s detective series here. Take a book and while away an afternoon in the deckchairs under the apple trees.
Newmarket is the headquarters of thoroughbred horse breeding, racing and training. You can see mares and their foals at the National Stud, tour the famous Newmarket gallops and racing yards and enjoy the thrill of a day’s racing.
There are many walks from the door on footpaths around Dry Drayton village and further afield. This link takes you to a useful map: