There’s something so uplifting about getting out and about in the New Year. We’re blessed with some stunning nature walks in Cambridgeshire so we’ve rounded up some of our favourites to share with you.
Eight miles outside of Cambridge lies Wimpole Hall, a grand house situated in Wimpole Estate. 3000 acres of farmland, parkland and manicured gardens owned by the National Trust. A walk around Wimpole Hall is perfect for children as they can interact with animals, and play with trackers whilst you can admire the beautiful blossoms. This four-mile walk is dog friendly and entrance to the grounds is £10 (free to National Trust Members).
Built on the remains of a priory, this incredible national trust property sits just five miles out of Cambridge. A day out at the art-filled mansion would make for a historic walk, perfect for those who love old buildings and landscaped property grounds. Along the three-mile walk, you will come across a working mill, wildlife areas, a number of statues and endless divine florals. This is a family-friendly, dog-friendly walk with a £10 entrance fee (free for National Trust members)
Wicken Fen is a nature reserve and is a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest. This walk consists of walking and cycling trails and is the perfect sport to let your dog run wild. This is one of the most ancient walks in Cambridgeshire, so you will get to enjoy the diverse environments from wetlands to meadows. Learn about the history of the recipient by popping into the visitor centre before you head off for your free, 2.5 mile walk across the beautiful grassland.
This beautiful woodland consists of several trails through grassy fields, muddy paths and two beautiful lakes. This walk is perfect for a family picnic, a dog walk or just to take some time to reflect alone. The park has a children’s play area in case the kids haven’t burnt off enough steam on the three-mile walk. Hinchingbrooke is the gift that keeps giving with the chance to explore deeper every time you visit.
Houghton Mill is just the starting point for this family and dog-friendly national trust route. Surrounded by several quintessential English villages, you can even stop for a scone and tea whilst you are there. The five-mile trek is suitable for most and a perfect afternoon escape for the whole family. If you are a bit of a history enthusiast, make sure to check out the churches and memorials along your walk.
Situated in Huntingdon lies the third biggest reservoir in England. The 6.27km² lake is surrounded by 1500 acres of countryside trails where you can partake in activities from walking and cycling to fishing and kayaking. This dog-friendly walk even has its own dog training classes making it the perfect spot if you have just added a new fluffy member to the family. Not only is this a great nine-mile walk, but it is also one of the best bird-watching spots in the country so don’t forget to bring your binoculars!
Monks wood is a 157-hectare national nature reserve with a multitude of grassy trails. The trails consist of a wide range of diverse wildlife, so be ready to spot something new each time you visit. The two-mile, the dog-friendly trail can be broken up with various paths making your walk a little different each time.
The Hills and Holes of Barnack
The Woodland Trust areas mark the site of a medieval quarry. This is one of the most perfect walks for dog walkers and hikers. This hilly trail consists of chalky footpaths and thin paths to weave down. The Hill and Holes of Barnack are 50 acres of are rich with wildflowers, insects and trees. Tire out your dogs by letting them run wild, up and down the slopes.