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Outdoor activities at Houghton Mill

Visitors canoeing on Tumbleton Lake at Cragside, Northumberland
Visitors canoeing | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Whether you’re looking to raise your heart rate or simply to get some fresh air in picturesque surroundings, there’s plenty to do outdoors at Houghton Mill and Waterclose Meadows. Discover the walking, cycling and canoeing routes around this special place.

Walking at Houghton Mill

Stretch your legs along the riverside and through meadows on walking routes from Houghton Mill to St Ives, Huntingdon and Godmanchester.

Houghton Mill to Houghton Meadows

Follow this circular walk across the water meadows and across the Ouse valley to discover the history of the local area.

Huntingdon and Godmanchester

Head off through a watery landscape in search of lost mills on this 8-mile walk through the Ouse valley.

St Ives and The Hemingfords

On this walk through the Ouse valley, you’ll discover the history of the charming market town of St Ives, returning through the unspoilt villages of The Hemingfords.

Canoeing at Houghton Mill

There are some great canoeing routes along the River Great Ouse and its tributaries around Houghton Mill, including:

Houghton Mill to Trout Stream Loop

Starting at Houghton Mill, paddle down the Houghton Trout Stream to Hemingford Lock and then return on the River Great Ouse.

Houghton Mill to St Ives

Spend a couple of hours canoeing through picturesque meadows from Houghton Mill to the historic town of St Ives (and back again).

Cycling at Houghton Mill

There are some great cycling routes to and from Houghton Mill, and we’re on National Cycle Network Route 51 too. You can also safely cycle directly into the centre of Cambridge along the Guided Bus Route.

Mill and blossom at Houghton Mill and Waterclose Meadows, Cambridgeshire

Discover more at Houghton Mill and Waterclose Meadows

Find out when Houghton Mill and Waterclose Meadows is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

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