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Huntingdon

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Huntingdon is an historic market town with a medieval stone bridge over the River Great Ouse. Only earthworks remain of Huntingdon Castle and the site is now a small park. Huntingdon was the birthplace of Oliver Cromwell in 1599. Huntingdon Bus Station is ½ mile from the Rail Station. The scenic town of Godmanchester is south of the river, 1¼ miles from Huntingdon Rail Station.

A Huntingdon town trail can be downloaded from www.huntingdonfirst.co.uk

Cromwell Museum ½ mile

The collection illustrates and interprets the life of Oliver Cromwell who rose to prominence during the English Civil Wars, becoming Lord Protector, Head of State, in 1653 until his death in 1658. He was born in Huntingdon and attended the Grammar School which is now the Museum. Tel. 01480 708008. Admission free.
Open TWThFSSu 1330-1530, opens 1100 Apr-Oct.
www.cromwellmuseum.org

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Huntingdon map

Porch Museum, Godmanchester 1¼ miles

The Museum is housed in the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and specialises in producing and showing historic films of the town. Admission free.
Open occasional events on SSu & BH, see website for dates.
www.godmanchester.co.uk

Godmanchester Nature Reserve 2 miles

A large reserve of flooded former gravel pits, grassland, reedbed and willows. Birds to be seen include ducks, geese, gulls, kingfishers and songbirds, plus dragonflies and butterflies in summer. Birdwatching hide. Tel. 01954 713500. Admission free.
Open at all times.
www.wildlifebcn.org
It is about 2 miles from the Reserve to Houghton Mill.

Houghton Mill NT 3¾ miles* or by bus then 1¼ miles

This large timber-built 18th century watermill is the oldest working on the Great Ouse. Milling demonstrations on Sundays. Riverside meadow walks. Tearoom. Family events. Tel. 01480 301494.
Open Apr-Oct, MTW (+ThF in Aug) 1300-1700, SSu & BH 1100-1700.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/houghtonmill
Bus Busway B from Rail Station (and Bus Station) to opposite Hartford Marina (watch for sign), about 20 minutes journey, then 1¼ miles walk. M-S every 30 minutes (every 15 minutes from Bus Station), Sun & BH hourly. These buses bypass Houghton and do not stop on the bypass. See www.thebusway.info.
Also bus 45A from Bus Station to Houghton Clock Tower, 10 minutes journey, M-F only, infrequent. See Traveline.

* The 3¾ miles shortest walk is north of the river but you may prefer to walk 4¼ miles via Godmanchester Nature Reserve.

St Ives by bus

St Ives is an historic market town which was once an important port on the River Great Ouse. The picturesque 15th century bridge over the river has a chapel in the middle. There is a statue of Oliver Cromwell in the Market Square.
Bus Busway B from Huntingdon Rail Station (and Bus Station) to St Ives, East Street and Station Road. M-S every 30 minutes (every 15 minutes from Bus Station), Sun & BH hourly, about 35 minutes journey. Return buses from Bus Station and East Street. See www.thebusway.info. Buses also operate from Cambridge.

www.theoldriverportstives.co.uk

Norris Museum by bus

The museum tells the story of the historic county of Huntingdonshire (now a district of Cambridgeshire). Exhibits include fossils, arms and armour from the Civil War and displays of lace-making. Riverside garden. Events and temporary exhibitions programme. Tel. 01480 497314. Admission free.
Open M-S 1000-1600. Sun 1300-1600.
www.norrismuseum.org.uk
Bus see St Ives above.

Holt Island Nature Reserve by bus

The island was once worked Osier (basket willow) beds and is now maintained to encourage a range of wetland plants, insects, birds and mammals. Tel. 01480 406795. Admission free.
Open Apr-Sep, SSu & BH 1000-1600.
www.huntingdonshire.gov.uk
Bus see St Ives above.

St Ives map

Fen Drayton Lakes by bus

A wetland nature reserve with lakes and riverside meadows. Wetland birds and other wildlife including dragonflies in summer. There are several trails to explore starting from the Busway stop, download a map from the RSPB website. Picnic area but no toilets. Tel. 01954 233260. Admission free.
Open at all times.
www.rspb.org.uk/fendraytonlakes
Bus Busway B from Rail Station (and Bus Station) to Fen Drayton Lakes, shortly after St Ives Park & Ride. M-S every 30 minutes (every 15 minutes from Bus Station), Sun & BH hourly, about 40 minutes journey. See www.thebusway.info. Buses also operate from Cambridge.