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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.

 

DIRECTIONS

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 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.

 

DIRECTIONS

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

GODMANCHESTER TO HEMINGFORD – Around the Nature Reserve

GODMANCHESTER TO HOUGHTON – The Ouse Valley Way

Walk from GODMANCHESTER TO BRAMPTON HIGH STREET – over Portholme and Brampton Golf Course

This is a great continuation of the walk from Godmanchester to Brampton Mill if you fancy going further. It takes you into the village of Brampton across Brampton Golf Course and brings you out at the bottom of the High Street near the Church and The Black Bull Pub.

This walk to Brampton Church is just over 2 miles one way.
You can head back to Godmanchester the way you came making the walk just over 4 miles or you can head back on The Ouse Valley way which makes the circuit just over 5 miles.

 

DIRECTIONS

From our office head out to the recreation ground over the historic (replica) Chinese Bridge and follow the pathway on the left along the river over the weirs until you reach Godmanchester lock. Take the bridge over the lock and through the gates onto Portholme. Here you have a choice to make. If you are going all the way round choose left or right, if you are in a hurry for a pint head straight over. If you want my advice head left and follow the river, it’s more picturesque and only a fraction further.

On the far side of Portholme you’ll find a gate out onto a footpath which takes you under the railway bridges. As you make your way towards the Mill keep your eyes left to catch a glimpse of Hinchingbrooke House in the distance.

You’ll cross another small bridge before coming on Bromholme Lane, it you head right away from the Old Mill Pub and head into the camp site, stay left and walk all the way through it. You’ll find yourself in the far right hand corner of the campsite on the edge of Brampton Golf Course.

The Public Footpath runs across the golf course to the little gate in the right hand corner near the road and the falling down brick built hut. You’ll find yourself on Huntingdon Road, Brampton at the entrance to Water Meadows where you’ll see the gate into the next field which cuts diagonally across all the way to the churchyard.

The footpath leads to the front of Brampton Church on Buckden Road, next door to the Black Bull Pub and adjacent to the Leonard Cheshire Home and entrance to the High Street.

You can get back to Godmanchester they way you came but a more scenic route is via The Ouse Valley Way. Head down Buckden Road towards the A1 and RAF Brampton and turn left into River Lane. This will lead you to a footpath at the bottom of River Lane, part of The Ouse Valley Way that follows the riverbank all the way back to the lock at Brampton Mill and then into the back of the car park. This route is slightly longer but well worth it. From Brampton Mill you can head back over Portholme to Godmanchester.

Walk from GODMANCHESTER to BRAMPTON MILL over Portholme

This is a great walk that is fairly easy and flat.
Portholme being a meadow does flood on occasions throughout the winter and early spring.

This walk can be extended to about 4 miles if you walk around Portholme rather than straight over it and if you don’t want to go as far as Brampton Mill you could go all the way around the outside of Portholme which is again about 3 miles.

 

DIRECTIONS

From our office head out to the recreation ground over the historic (replica) Chinese Bridge and follow the pathway on the left along the river over the weirs until you reach Godmanchester lock. Take the bridge over the lock and through the gates onto Portholme. Here you have a choice to make. If you are going all the way round choose left or right, if you are in a hurry for a pint head straight over. If you want my advice head left and follow the river, it’s more picturesque and only a fraction further.

 

On the far side of Portholme you’ll find a gate out onto a footpath which takes you under the railway bridges. As you make your way towards the Mill keep your eyes left to catch a glimpse of Hinchingbrooke House in the distance.

You’ll cross another small bridge before coming out at the campsite. Turn left and you’ll be in the beer garden before you know it.

Let us know how you get on!

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