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St Ives and The Hemingfords walk


Starting from Houghton Mill, cross the water meadows to uncover the past glories of a market town. On this walk through the delightful Ouse valley landscape you'll discover the history of the charming market town of St Ives, returning through the unspoilt villages of The Hemingfords.

View of Houghton Mill in the distance


Map route for St Ives and The Hemingfords walk


Houghton Mill, grid ref: TL281720


Take the path diagonally across Houghton Mill car park and through the kissing gate and turn right into the narrow path called Love Lane.

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Turn right at Thicket Road and follow it straight on until it becomes a path.


Continue on this path alongside the river to St Ives to come out opposite All Saints' Parish Church. Holt Island Nature Reserve is over the bridge on your right and the Norris Museum is just ahead.

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Walk along The Broadway to the Victoria Memorial and take the right branch along Merryland.

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Take the first right hand turn down Bridge Street, St. Ives just before you get to Market Hill and go over the bridge.

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Turn right through The Dolphin car park and out onto Hemingford Meadow. Walk across the meadow, following the path diagonally left to a stile at the far side. Follow Meadow Lane until it bends sharply left and a track comes in from the right.


Take a small path straight ahead that comes out on a road. Follow the path ahead until you reach another road.

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Turn right at the road to Hemingford Grey church.


Turn abruptly left alongside the graveyard to follow a path along the riverbank. Follow the path keeping the river on your right to the far end of the High Street then turn right to continue along the riverbank.

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The path crosses two meadows then leads alongside a mobile home park into Hemingford Abbots.


Turn right along the road until you reach the Axe and Compass pub.


Take the next road on the right after the pub beside the post box and follow this over the Black Bridge. Cross Hemingford Meadow to a lock and follow the road back to Houghton Mill.


Houghton Mill, grid ref: TL281720

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St Ives and The Hemingfords walk


Easy riverside walk along flat terrain. Suitable for dogs on leads.

St Ives and The Hemingfords walk

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St Ives and The Hemingfords walk

How to get here

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

Nearest station is in Huntingdon. Contact Cambridgeshire County Council's Public Transport Section for details: (01223) 717740

By road

National Trust pay and display car park (free for members) at Houghton Mill. Follow brown signs from A1123

By foot

On the Ouse Valley Way

By bus

Bus station in St Ives and the Huntingdon - St. Ives bus service regularly stops at Houghton.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 51 between Huntingdon and St Ives

St Ives and The Hemingfords walk

Facilities and access

  • WC's : Adjoining tea room
  • Food and drink : Riverside NT tea room serving snacks and scones
  • Shopping : Second-hand bookshop, freshly-ground Houghton Mill wholemeal flour available.
  • Parking, 20 yards, £2 (pay & display) - free to National Trust members
  • Dogs on leads in grounds only
  • Baby-changing facilities
  • Mobility park in main car park, 20 yards
  • Accessible route around grounds. Level tarmac surface from drop-off point to ground floor entrance, through mill to nearby lock