Local Area

Local Places of Interest

Cambridge Outdoor Club is the ideal venue for exploring the many beautiful and historic places of East Anglia. The coast swings round like half the circumference of a wheel so that to the north Hunstanton is 42 miles and to the east Yarmouth is 66 miles as the crow flies. Briefly starting in the east and moving round to the west, the following places are but a few to give some idea of the variation that this area offers to the visitor.

Newmarket

The home of British Horse Racing where more than 2500 horses are in training. Early each day many can be seen exercising on the gallops. There are conducted tours around many of the prime racing facilities and the home of the National Stud.

website     http://www.discovernewmarket.co.uk/pages/index.php

Cambridge

A beautiful university town with outstanding architecture that incorporates the famous Kings College Chapel. A trip on the Cam by punt to view some of the colleges is a memorable experience.

websites         www.visitcambridgeshire.org

Bury St. Edmunds

A lively market town with the ruins of one of the greatest Benedicitine Abbeys with the great Northern Gateway still intact. The cathedral and adjacent church are well worth visiting.

website       http://www.visit-burystedmunds.co.uk/

Lavenham

An outstanding example of a medieval town with wood framed and white washed houses dating from the 15th Century.

website        http://www.visit-lavenham.co.uk/

Sandringham

The country retreat of HM the Queen situated in 60 acres of parkland and gardens. There is a museum that includes vintage royal motor cars, carriages and coaches, restaurant and shop.

Sandringham website      https://www.sandringhamestate.co.uk/ 

Ely

The town has one of the finest Gothic cathedrals in the country with its famous octagon and lantern.

Town website        http://www.visitely.org.uk/

Duxford

The Imperial War Museum of aircraft dating from the first world war to the present day and this includes the famous Concord.

Website   http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-duxford

Peterborough

The town has one of the finest cathedrals in the country. Guided tours are available. Peterborough also hosts the Queens Gate Centre the largest indoor shopping center in Cambridgeshire where you will find a whole range of shops cafe’s to suit everyone’s taste.

website     http://www.visitpeterborough.com/

St Ives

The town was built by the Saxons in AD500 along the banks of the River Ouse.  Now one of Huntingdonshire’s busy market towns with fairs and markets throughout the year.  People come from miles around to visit the large markets that are held every bank holiday throughout the year.  2010 sees the 900th anniversary of the towns charter and celebration event are taking place throughout the year.

Website. http://saintives.org.uk/

The Raptor Foundation near St Ives

Website   https://raptorfoundation.org.uk/

Huntingdon
This vibrant market town sitting on the banks of the River Great Ouse.  The pedestrianised centre holds an array of small independent shops as well as the nationally known brands with courts and lanes holding coffee shops and cafés that spill out under umbrellas during the summer giving the town a cosmopolitan feel.  The modern buildings and shops stand alongside the medieval frontages.
Oliver Cromwell was born in Huntingdon in 1599 and later attended the school which stands in the High Street just off the busy Market Square.  It now holds the Cromwell Museum which is dedicated the life of Cromwell himself.

Ramsey
Set on the edge of the fens the market town grew up around the Abbey which became one of the most important monastic buildings in England until the dissolution of the monasteries. The Abbey itself is now a school but the Gatehouse can still be seen.  Nearby is the church of St Thomas a Beckett.  Built in 1180 it is thought that it may originally have been built as an infirmary, hospital or even a guest house.  Just outside the town, Ramsey Rural Museum has become one of Cambridgeshire’s most ‘hands on’ museums in the county and therefore also one of the County’s biggest attractions.

Beaches and other places

There are the seaside resorts of Hunstanton , Wells Next the Sea, Cromer and Great Yarmouth with sandy beaches in easy motoring distance. East Anglia has a rich collection of country houses and estates open the the public and run by the National Trust and English Heritage, Near to Cambridge Outdoor is Anglesey Abbey renowned for its Landscaped garden and Arboretum, Wicken Fen – the very first National Trust property, Oxburgh Hall with its moated manor house, Kentwell Hall a moated Tudor house, Blicking Hall one of England’s finest Jacobean houses to name but a few. It is with out doubt an area with something for everybody and Cambridge Outdoor Club is the ideal base to explore it.

Links to websites for local Events, Tourism and Attractions

www.visitcambridgeshire.org                                                              www.huntingdonfirst.co.uk/www.cambridgeshire.net