Houghton meadows

Houghton Mill, Mill St, Houghton, Huntingdon, Cambs PE28 2AZ

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Houghton Mill © A. Carter

Houghton Mill

Houghton Meadows Trail © A. Carter

Houghton Meadows Trail

Houghton Meadows Trail © A. Carter

Houghton Meadows Trail

Houghton Meadows Trail © A. Carter

Houghton Meadows Trail

Houghton Meadows Trail © A. Carter

Houghton Meadows Trail

Houghton Meadows Trail © A. Carter

Houghton Meadows Trail

Houghton Meadows Trail © A. Carter

Houghton Meadows Trail

Route overview

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.

Route details

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Houghton Meadows Trail
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Houghton Mill, grid ref: TL281720

  1. 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.

    Show/HideHoughton Mill

    Looking back from the gate to Houghton Mill.

    Houghton Mill © A. Carter
  2. Go across the first field and over a small bridge.

  3. Continue on and cross a bridge to your right.

  4. Cross a further two bridges, the second of which goes over the back stream weir from the Ouse.

    Show/HideRailway viaduct

    The large wooden trestles are all that remain of the viaduct that once carried the railway across the Ouse valley.

    Houghton Meadows Trail © A. Carter
  5. Follow the river through two fields and to another bridge.

    Show/HideHoughton meadows

    This is the view across the meadows.

    Houghton Meadows Trail © A. Carter
  6. Continue across the fields with the river to your right until you come to a large weir.

  7. Cross the style and follow the path to the right, parallel to the Hemingford Grey backwater.

    Show/HideHemingford Grey

    Hemingford Grey can be seen on the opposite bank.

    Houghton Meadows Trail © A. Carter
  8. Continue around the meadow keeping the stream to your right until you come to a gate and a bridge.

    Show/HideHemingford backwater

    This is the view across the stream.

    Houghton Meadows Trail © A. Carter
  9. Head down the lane until you come to a pump house opposite a road.

    Show/HideRailway embankment

    View along the lane from the top of the old railway embankment.

    Houghton Meadows Trail © A. Carter
  10. Turn left down Thicket Road until you reach the large gates of The Elms.

  11. At the gates turn left and immediately right down a footpath enclosed on both sides.

    Show/HideLove Lane

    This is the footpath back to Houghton Mill.

    Houghton Meadows Trail © A. Carter
  12. 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
  • Terrain:

    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

  • Facilities:

    • 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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