Godmanchester - Houghton - Godmanchester

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This is a wonderful walk alongside a series of lakes with an abundance of wildlife in Godmanchester Nature Reserve, before reaching a riverside stretch including an interesting lock that has enabled navigation of the river past the mill since 1620. It then returns through the picturesque village of Hemingford Abbots.

Godmanchester is thought to be the oldest town in the county, possibly dating from a Neolithic settlement of farmers developing the light river soils and gravels. Its principal development was during the Roman Occupation starting with the construction of a military fort and the end of a Roman road running from Sandy. The Anglo-Saxons gave it its name Godmund's Caester after the ruins which they found.

A church was first mentioned in 969 and the Parish Church of St Mary may be on the site of a Romano-Christian church. The present church dates from 1623 and is thought to be the largest church in the county. The present town owes much to its past. There are a number of very picturesque early 17th Century timber-framed houses, fine 18th Century merchants' houses including Farm Hall with its tree-lined reflecting pool and Island Hall with its formal gardens and ornamental gardens, including the famous Chinese Bridge.

England - East England - Cambridgeshire - Countryside


Birds, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Nature Trail, Pub, River, Toilets
5/30/2022 - Malcolm Watts

Walk updated May 2022 to take account of some changes on the ground since the original description was written. Essentially the route follows the well signed Ouse Valley Way from Godmanchester church as far as Houghton Mill, which is well worth a visit, before the return.

5/8/2022 - Bryan Palmby

Did this walk several years ago, but revisited it again last week, as I could remember very little about it. Found the directions are a little out-of-date, so relied very heavily on the map which I fortunately had on the app on my phone. It's a lovely walk, very level, and very clean, although I can imagine at other times of the year there would be a few muddy bits. A very enjoyable walk.

8/31/2013 - Duncan Grey

This is a lovely and varied walk with something for everyone. I was a bit confused by the directions around the sluices (waymarks 7 and 8) and preferred the map, but otherwise a fine easy walk. Godmanchester itself deserves a browse if you have time at the end.