Houghton Mill, Huntingdon and Godmanchester Cycle Route
Enjoy a couple of hours delightful cycling from Houghton Mill to the historic towns of Huntingdon and Godmanchester, returning through picturesque meadows and charming village of Hemingford Abbots.
This route can be combined with the Houghton Mill, St Ives and the Hemingfords Cycle Route for a delightful 12 mile ride.
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Cycle from Houghton Mill up Mill Street to the clock tower in the centre of Houghton. From here take Huntingdon Road (the road in front of you to the left) and follow it around past the The Three Jolly Butchers PH and on to the junction with the A1123
Houghton Mill is the only surviving working watermill on the River Great Ouse. When this picture was painted in 1906 there were over 100 mills on the river.
Join the A1123 and cycle towards Huntingdon (this can be quite a busy road). You will pass Hartford Marina on your left. Continue on until you reach a roundabout.
Take the first exit at the roundabout on to Main Street (B1514).
Continue on the B1514 (Main Street) towards Godmanchester. (Main Street becomes Hartford Road and then Riverside Road as it follows the River Great Ouse). You will come to an old bridge that crosses the river to Godmanchester. This bridge is very narrow but there is a footbridge running parallel with it. Dismount if choose to use this footbridge. Cycle along the B1044 (The Avenue) towards Godmanchester.
Under the direction of Potto Brown, the Browns built steam mills at St Ives in 1854 and at Godmanchester in 1863. They introduced the latest steam-milling technology, using porcelain rollers, into their mills. The steam mill at Godmanchester no longer stands but you can still see the one at St Ives. In the 1970s it was the home of Sir Clive Sinclair's electronics firm, makers of the first pocket calculator. The mill that can still be seen at the Huntingdon-Godmanchester bridge was built in 1847 for the production of oil cake, a feed for cattle. It turned to hosiery manufacture between 1924 and 1972 before being converted into flats.
Take the first turning on the left after the Old Bridge on to Park Lane.
At the end of Park Lane (with the Godmanchester Community Academy on your right) turn on to the the cycle path ahead of you. This will bring you out in East Chadley Lane.
At the end of East Chadley Lane turn left past the White Hart PH. onto the Cambridge Road (B1044). After a few hundred yards you will see a cycle path on your left (running parallel with the B1044). Turn on to the cycle path and follow it round to Cow Lane. You are now on NCN 51. Follow NCN 51 to Hemingford Abbots.
Shortly after entering the village of Hemingford Abbots on Common Lane you will see a turning on your left by a post box. Take this turning into Meadow Lane and continue over a bridge. Cross Hemingford Meadow to a lock. Dismount and walk back through Houghton Mill.
Welcome back - and now you deserve a treat! Perhaps a Miller's breakfast or delicious cream tea and a slice of cake in our cosy riverside tea-room. Open daily 10.30am - 5pm (9.30am on Sundays).
Ensure you visit our historic mill, where you can see paintings of the Mill, St Ives and the surrounding area dating from the late 19th and early 20th century.
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