Set in 350 square miles of fantastic cycling and walking countryside, the district of South Cambridgeshire offers the perfect opportunity to relax and explore.
With its historic monuments, houses and museums set in the tranquil and rural landscape of rolling chalk hills covered with beech woods and flat fertile land, South Cambridgeshire provides a great location for everyone from the lively and adventurous to those who want to unwind and get away from it all.
Eight miles south west of Cambridge, Wimpole Hall and Home Farm is Cambridgeshire’s largest stately home with eighteenth Century gardens designed by the famous historical gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. As well as its impressive grounds, Wimpole Hall is also home to a working farm where visitors can take part in a variety of activities such as grooming donkeys and ponies, collecting eggs and experiencing the wide range of pigs, sheep and cattle that live there.
The Imperial War Museum Duxford is Europe’s premier aviation museum, offering visitors an array of the finest historic aircraft in seven acres of exhibition space. The summer months see the skies come alive with dramatic air displays.
Take in a winery tour at Chilford Hall’s working vineyard, lying in 18 acres of rural countryside. East Anglia is one of England’s main wine-producing regions and the district boasts a number of vineyards. Vines have been growing here since Roman times, benefiting from long hours of sunshine and low rainfall.
Not far from Chilford Hall, the award-winning Linton Zoo offers children and adults alike a wealth of rare and exotic creatures, while Shepreth Wildlife Park, just 8.7 miles south of Cambridge, houses a famous collection of wild and domestic animals. Travel north to Grantchester with its idyllic water meadows and The Orchard Tea Gardens, made famous by poet Rupert Brooke.
Whether on a short break or an extended stay, a great way to explore the Cambridgeshire countryside is by bike and there are a number of great cycle trails available for you to explore the area.
In rural South Cambridgeshire you’ll find a warm welcome awaiting you at the many friendly hotels and guesthouses – ideal bases from which to enjoy all that the region has to offer.