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Walk from Pub to Pub in Godmanchester, Hemingford, Houghton, Wyton, Hartford, Huntingdon and back to Godmanchester.

We start at The Exhibition Pub in Godmanchester just because it is closest to us but you could start at any of the pubs mentioned. Remember to Drink Responsibly!

This circuit is approx. 7 1/4 miles long.



From The Exhibition we head down Earning Street to The White Hart Pub. From here head out of Godmanchester on Cambridge Road under the A14, past the allotments and left down Cow Lane.

At the end of Cow Lane is gated access onto the common that links Godmanchester with Hemingford Abbots, there is a footpath all the way across and onto Common Lane. If you walk right to the end of Common Lane and into the centre of the village you’ll find the Axe & Compass, a 15th Century thatched cottage.

If it’s more about the walk and less about the pubs don’t go to the end of Common Lane turn left onto River Lane, if you have visited the Axe & Compass for a cold pint, the toilet of a coffee then head back down Common Lane and turn right into River Lane and over the river onto the meadow.

This meadow has a path across but can get a bit wet in the winter, it links Hemingford and Houghton. If this is your first visit to Houghton you are in for a treat as the pathway leads over Houghton Lock and then under Houghton Mill.

From Houghton Mill you can walk up into the centre of Houghton and onto the Old Market Square and home to The Three Horseshoes Inn. From here you want to walk away from the square and round to your left on Huntingdon Road into the adjoining village of Wyton where soon on your left you’ll find The Three Jolly Butchers. 

Once you have finished here carry on up Huntingdon Road where it’ll joint the main Huntingdon and St. Ives road, heading towards Huntingdon will soon bring you to Hartford Marina which has a bar & restaurant.

From Hartford Marina there is a new footpath that runs alongside the guided busway route past The Grove and onto Old Houghton Road, Hartford. Once you have joined the main road again, head left towards Huntingdon and the Ring Road and you’ll soon see The Barley Mow on your right.

Opposite The Barley Mow there is a street called The Hollow which will take you down to Hartford Church and a pathway that will lead you all the way along the river all the way back to Huntingdon Riverside Park and The Old Bridge Hotel.

Over the foot bridge and into Godmanchester the Black Bull will be on you left and then further into Godmanchester opposite our office you’ll find some public toilets!



Walk The Ouse Valley Way near Godmanchester

The whole Ouse Valley Way is over 150 miles long and stretches from Milton Keynes to Kings Lynn. We are lucky to have a small piece of it on our doorstep and it’s a nice way to get to Brampton, Buckden, Offord Cluny, Little Paxton or St. Neots in one direction or Hemingford, Houghton or St. Ives in the other.

The distance you choose will obviously depend on how far you go, we’ve done Godmanchester to St. Ives (approx 5 1/4 miles) then got a lift back, likewise we got a lift to Little Paxton Pits and walked back along The Ouse Valley Way to Godmanchester (approx. 7 1/2 miles).

A shorter walk is out of Godmanchester along the Ouse Valley Way in the direction of St. Ives but head into Hemingford Abbots as the Ouse Valley Way crosses the meadow between Houghton & Hemingford.


To get onto the Ouse Valley Way from Godmanchester head down Chadley Lane from our office and down the footpath to the right of the Churchyard and onto the cricket field. You’ll pick up signs from the bridge under the A14 and you can follow it all the way to Houghton Lock on the river.





GODMANCHESTER – Walk around the Nature Reserve

Until we got a dog I am embarrassed to say I didn’t even know that Godmanchester had a Nature Reserve and like Paxton Pits it’s loads of lakes that seems to have been created by excavation but it’s a nice walk from Godmanchester out around the lakes and back.

It’s a nice circuit of about 3 1/2 miles that can easily be extended as it allows access to The Ouse Valley Way and brings you out at the end of Cow Lane allowing easy access to Hemingford, St. Ives or Houghton.



From our office head straight over the road into Chadley Lane and down to the Church. Along the right hand side of the Church Yard is a pathway that will bring you out near the cricket field and on the other side of the field is the walkway under the A14 that will lead you out to the first of the lakes.

When you have passed under the A14 follow the path to your left. There is a footpath all the way around this lake if you just want a short dog walk but to get out to the Nature Reserve follow the path until you see the access out to the field over the timber bridge and through the gate.

Head along the fence to the other side of the field and up onto what was, once, the Godmanchester railway line from St. Ives. turn to you right and you’ll notice that you are on the Ouse Valley Way. There is then a sign to your left and across another field and into the Nature Reserve.

Follow this lake around to the left and you’ll soon have the lake one side and a river tributary the other. The Ouse Valley way disappears off to your left but for this walk carry onto the wooden style with sliding dog gate. You can now follow this track straight ahead and then round to you right and then left until you come to the gated area at the bottom of Cow Lane.

To head back to Godmanchester from here turn to your right and head over the small road bridge and almost immediately right again and through the gate. This pathway follows the old railway line again on the other side of the lakes and eventually brings you all the way back to where you first came out but instead of turning back across the field to the first lake keep walking down the old railway line to the end where the footpath sweeps left and under the A14 then around to your left and across the field bringing you out on Post Street, Godmanchester and if you walk down past The Black Bull you’ll end up back at our office.

Walk from Pub in Godmanchester to Huntingdon & Brampton.

We start at The Exhibition Pub in Godmanchester just because it is closest to us but you could start at any of the pubs mentioned. Remember to Drink Responsibly!

This circuit is approx. 4 1/4 miles long.


From The Exhibition head down Earning Street to The White Hart Pub & Restaurant.

From there continue down East Chadley Lane and follow the path at the end around and back up past Godmanchester Primary School on Park Lane. At the top on your left is The Black Bull Pub.

Right from here will see you at The Bridge Hotel where Godmanchester meets Huntingdon and a short walk up the High Street you’ll find The Samuel Pepys Pub.

Further up the High Street adjacent to the Church and Barneys Fish & Chip shop you can walk up St. Marys Street and over the ring road and across Mill Common to the train station and Brampton Road.

Once on the main road there is a footpath that takes you past Hinchingbrooke House and down to Nun’s Bridge. With Hinchingbrooke Park on you right you’ll see Bromholme Lane on the left, The Old Mill is tucked at the end of Bromholme Lane.

When you have finished at The Mill walk back along Bromholme Lane but turn right opposite the Camp Site and follow the lane, eventually you’ll weave your way under the railway line and onto Portholme. From Portholme you’ll end up back in the centre of Godmanchester near our office.

It might be better if you try this route in reverse where the pubs (and toilets) are a bit closer towards the end of what is a four and a quarter mile pub crawl.



Walk from Godmanchester to Hemingford Abbots

Walking across Portholme can get a bit wet and muddy during the winter this walk is great all year round with roads & pavements all the way. It’s a 5 mile round trip to The Axe & Compass and back.

Although the start of this route doesn’t lead you through the most picturesque parts of Huntingdonshire it’s worth it when you get to the Common and into Hemingford Abbots.



From our office head right along Cambridge Street away from Huntingdon and past The White Hart Pub. Carry on under the A14 and round past the allotments. Turn left into Cow Lane and follow it to the bottom where you can turn right onto the common. The footpath winds it’s way to the far end of Common Lane in Hemingford Abbots and from here you can walk straight into the centre of Hemingford where you’ll find the thatched 15th Century Pub, The Axe & Compass.

You can head back the way you have come but there are plenty of other options, take a walk down River Lane, half way along Common Lane and it leads you out to the river and meadow that separates Hemingford and Houghton.

For other routes back to Godmanchester from The Axe & Compass check out our other walks



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