Walking trail

Houghton Mill, St Ives and The Hemingfords walk, Cambridgeshire

Walking trail

Starting from Houghton Mill, take in the delightful Ouse valley landscape on a five mile walk to discover the history of the charming market town of St Ives, before returning through the unspoilt villages of the Hemingfords.

Suitable for active families, enjoy this relaxing 5-mile walk. Bring the dog..


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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An old picture of Hougton Mill


At the end of the path turn left and in a few yards you will come to Thicket Road. Turn right onto Thicket Road and follow it straight on until it becomes a path and cycle way.


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 to your right and the walk continues through the churchyard.

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An old picture of the Norris Museum in St. Ives, Huntingdonshire


Walk along The Waits, past the Norris Museum into The Broadway until you get to the Victoria Memorial. Take the right branch along Merryland.

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The Broadway St. Ives, Huntingdonshire and Victoria's Memorial


Take the first right hand turn down Bridge Street and go over the old bridge.

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St. Ives Bridge in the 1880's


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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St. James' church Hemingford Grey


Turn right towards 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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Hemingford Grey Manor House was originally built in the 1130's


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.


Continue along Common Lane and turn right into Meadow Lane beside the post box. Follow Meadow Lane over the Black Bridge. Cross Hemingford Meadow to a lock 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).

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Scones with jam and cream served at a National Trust café


Houghton Mill, grid ref: TL281720

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Houghton Mill, St Ives and The Hemingfords walk, Cambridgeshire


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

Houghton Mill, St Ives and The Hemingfords walk, Cambridgeshire

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Houghton Mill, St Ives and The Hemingfords walk, Cambridgeshire

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

Houghton Mill, St Ives and The Hemingfords walk, Cambridgeshire

Facilities and access

  • WC's : Adjoining tea room
  • Food and drink : Riverside National Trust tea room serving a variety of cakes, light lunches and beverages.
  • Shopping : Gift Shop selling freshly-ground Houghton Mill wholemeal flour.
  • Parking, 20 yards, £2.50 (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