If you ever find yourself looking for things to do in Hemingford Grey or around Cambridge then you should definitely pay us a visit here at The Cock pub and restaurant, but we aren’t the only reason to head to this lovely village. Here are just a small selection of lovely things to do around Hemingford Grey, Huntingdon and St Ives:
RIVER WALKS DOWN THE GREAT OUSE
The Great Ouse flows through Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk and drains into the Wash and the North Sea near Kings Lynn. With lush open meadows and meandering watercourses, it provides a treasure trove of wildlife for the birdwatcher, fisherman and rambler. The river passes through woldy, wooded countryside taking in the towns of St Neots and Huntingdon with several attractive riverside villages en route, one of them being Hemingford Grey.
If you’re planning on enjoying a walk down The Great River Ouse then you really should make time to swing by Jones Boatyard along the way. Perfectly situated minutes away from The Cock, the picturesque marina offers peaceful moorings in natural surroundings and is a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Jones Boatyard offers temporary visitor berthing for those looking to discover the town of St Ives if you’re visiting by boat as well.
Home of the Green Knowe stories and Lucy Boston’s exquisite patchwork collection, there is so much to see at this famous Mediaeval home. The house itself is one of the two oldest continually inhabited houses in Britain and the beautiful, tranquil garden is filled with old cottage garden plants. It is also updated regularly with plants so that there is always something interesting to see throughout the year.
HOUGHTON MILL AND WATERCLOSE MEADOWS
Houghton Mill is the last surviving mill on The Great Ouse able to produce stone ground flour from a water-powered wheel. When the mill is running you can experience the sights, sounds and smells of this historic building in action. Enjoy many walks along the river and through meadows on routes from Houghton Mill to St. Ives, Huntingdon and Godmanchester.
FEN DRAYTON LAKES
The RSPB has been looking after Fen Drayton Lakes since 2007. Fen Drayton Lakes began life as a flooded sand and gravel quarry next to riverside meadows. Now, a huge variety of wildlife is drawn to the area. There’s something to see (and hear) all year round. Explore through the woods and catch glimpses of secluded bays and pools. You won’t be able to miss majestic mute swans on the lakes but you’ll need to look a little harder to see the many colourful insects. The riverside meadows are alive with nature.