Houghton Mill, Mill St, Houghton, Huntingdon, Cambs PE28 2AZRoute details and mapDownload as a print friendly PDF
Starting from Houghton Mill, take a turn around St. Ives to spot signs of an old railway.
This is a short walk past the remains of the old Huntingdon branch line viaduct, around the unspoilt and tranquil Houghton meadows with wonderful views across to the Hemingfords.
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Start: Houghton Mill, grid ref: TL281720
From Houghton Mill head towards the tea-room and along the river past the car park and Caravan Club site and through a gate at the end of the field.
Looking back from the gate to Houghton Mill.
Go across the first field and over a small bridge.
Continue on and cross a bridge to your right.
Cross a further two bridges, the second of which goes over the back stream weir from the Ouse.
The large wooden trestles are all that remain of the viaduct that once carried the railway across the Ouse valley.
Follow the river through two fields and to another bridge.
This is the view across the meadows.
Continue across the fields with the river to your right until you come to a large weir.
Cross the style and follow the path to the right, parallel to the Hemingford Grey backwater.
Hemingford Grey can be seen on the opposite bank.
Continue around the meadow keeping the stream to your right until you come to a gate and a bridge.
This is the view across the stream.
Head down the lane until you come to a pump house opposite a road.
View along the lane from the top of the old railway embankment.
Turn left down Thicket Road until you reach the large gates of The Elms.
At the gates turn left and immediately right down a footpath enclosed on both sides.
This is the footpath back to Houghton Mill.
Continue down the path until you come to a gate on your left. Go through the gate and bear right to return to Houghton Mill.
End: Houghton Mill, grid ref: TL281720
- Trail: Walking
- Grade: Easy
- Distance: 1.75 miles (2.9km)
- Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
- OS Map: Explorer: 225 Land Ranger: 153, grid ref: TL281720
Level ground. Stiles, gates and steps are frequent. Suitable for dogs on leads.
- How to get here:
By car: Follow brown signs from A1123
By cycle: NCN 51 between Huntingdon and St. Ives
By bus: There is a bus station in St. Ives and the Huntingdon - St. Ives bus service regularly stops at Houghton
By rail: The nearest train station is in Huntingdon. Contact Cambridgeshire County Council's Public Transport Section for details Tel: (01223) 717740
- Food and drink : Riverside tea room
- Shopping : NT gift shop, second-hand book shop, flour for sale
- Parking : Pay and display (free for NT members)
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