Walking

Walking trail

Wimpole archaeology walk, Cambridgeshire

Walking trail

This walk is about 1 mile and is mainly on flat ground; it takes about an hour to complete, and most of the land you will be walking on is now scheduled as an Ancient Monument.

Map

Wimpole archaeology walk map

Start:

Stable block, grid ref: TL336509

1

From the entrance to the stables, turn left and cross the estate road heading through the kissing gate into the field beyond.

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A view of Wimpole stables viewed from the west.

2

Bearing slightly to your right, continuing for approximately 300yd (275m) until you reach a fish pond, surrounded by a fence and a copse of trees.

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3

Continue on and immediately south of the pond you will very shortly reach the site of Thresham End.

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Site of Thresham End on the Wimpole Archaeology walk

4

Beyond the site of Thresham End bear right and head towards the right hand side of a fenced area surrounded by trees. This is My Lady’s Pond.

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5

Bearing slightly to your right continue to the edge of the field towards the five-bar gate. Get a good view of the Avenue in front of you.

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A view of the Avenue down to the Cambridge to Royston road on the Wimpole Estate

6

Now without going through, turn right at the five-bar gate in front of you and continue across the Avenue following the fence, going through a small kissing gate to the right of the small copse ahead.

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7

Now bear to the right and head for the corner of the small copse ahead of you.

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8

Between the area of recent replanting in the copse and the estate road look to your right at the uneven ground

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9

Having passed the copse, continue on until reaching the estate road; stop by the kissing gate and look to your left down the drive to the site of the American Military Hospital.

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10

At this point, turn right and walk along the estate road towards the house.

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11

Continuing along the estate road, stop by the large oak tree on the right hand side.

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12

Continue until reaching a cattle-grid on the lawn in front of the Hall, and the remains of an ornamental water garden. After examining these remains continue along the road in front of the hall to the stables where the walk ends.

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End:

Stable block, grid ref: TL336509

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Wimpole archaeology walk, Cambridgeshire

Terrain

Easy going, mostly grassland paths. Possible tree roots, Some gates. Could be muddy in wet weather. Hard going for pushchairs.

Dogs are welcome under close control. There are dog litter bins situated near the stable block and in the car park.

Wimpole archaeology walk, Cambridgeshire

Contact us

Wimpole archaeology walk, Cambridgeshire

How to get here

Address
Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire, SG8 0BW
By train

Shepreth 5 miles (8km); Royston, with taxi service, 8 miles (12.8km).

By road

8 miles (12.8km) south-west of Cambridge (A603); 6 miles (9.6km) north of Royston (A1198).

By foot

Wimpole Way from Cambridge; Harcamlow Way.

By bus

Alight Arrington (1 mile) or Orwell (2 miles).

By bicycle

National Trust-permitted cycle path to entrance from Orwell (A603).

Wimpole archaeology walk, Cambridgeshire

Facilities and access

  • Parking 275yd (free for NT members)
  • Food and drink at stables, main restaurant and farm
  • Shop selling local pottery, gifts, Wimpole rare breed meat and eggs, and plants
  • Toilets at the stables, Hall, farm and restaurants