So it looks like another year is almost up and Autumn has come back around again. It’s not too late to squeeze in a little staycation though. If you’re looking for some inspiration for somewhere to explore this Autumn then I think this post will be just right for you. Check out the top spots to enjoy autumn in Cambridgeshire!
This is a guest post written by Mairead of SicklyMama.com
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Now that the year has cycled through to autumn, of course, there’s the prospect of crisp bright days, golden trees, and the crunch of leaves underfoot. Even if your travel plans have been disrupted this year, the prospect of an autumnal staycation can be quite charming. But where are the best places to enjoy the sights, sounds and (in some cases) tastes of autumn? I’ve pulled together this guide to my local area, giving you ideas for some of the best spots to enjoy autumn around Cambridgeshire.
From the quayside near the centre of town, a short stroll north along the river will take you to Roswell Pits Nature Reserve, where you can admire the colours of autumn and keep an eye out for bittern, great crested grebe, and even otters. On the way, you’ll pass row after row of blackberry bushes that are laden with fruit – perfect for an autumnal crumble.
Alternatively, you can head south along the river and enjoy the wide-open skies and landscapes of the fens in autumn. Close to the water, you’ll see colourful narrow boats and smell their woodsmoke in the chilly air. Then you can always head back into the city to enjoy a hot cup of tea, or a pint of something stronger…
Chippenham Park Gardens
Located on the border of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, you’ll find the stately home of Chippenham Park. The park opens its stunning gardens to the public on a few dates throughout the year. It’s a popular wedding venue and is especially worth a visit in the autumn.
Autumn is when the gardens are awash with colour. The grounds are dotted with Japanese Maple trees with leaves in a magical range of hues, from blood reds to golden yellows. You can explore the formal gardens and woodland areas, check out the range of produce they’ve been growing in the kitchen garden, and walk in the quince orchard.
If you’d like a more relaxed experience or just need to take a break from walking, there’s the obligatory cafe which offers hot and cold drinks and some very fine scones. (Mmmm)!
Hinchingbrooke Country Park
If you’re really keen to enter into the spirit of this “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”, there are even companies offering foraging courses around Hinchingbrooke Country Park. You can join a guided walk searching for mushrooms, berries and more.
Anglesey Abbey is a National Trust property with formal gardens as well as a wildlife discovery area. As you wander through the grounds, there’s plenty of beautiful spots to enjoy the reds, oranges and yellows of autumn foliage, but there are also a few seasonal surprises.
The Cambridge Backs
And finally, of course, a guide to autumn in Cambridgeshire wouldn’t really be complete without a mention of Cambridge city itself. There are plenty of things to do in Cambridge. One of my favourites is to enjoy a walk along the Cambridge Backs. on a bright sunny autumn day, the architecture of the famous colleges is picked out in perfect detail. You’ll get the best views of the seasonal colour along the Cambridge Backs, strolling along the banks of the river and criss-crossing over the picturesque bridges.
Of course, if you want to get a whole new perspective on autumn in Cambridge, you can try viewing it from the River Cam itself. Plenty of companies offer punting tours along the river. If you’re feeling a little bit more confident, you can simply hire a boat and do the hard work yourself.
From the water, you’ll be able to take in some world-famous views, such as King’s College Chapel and the Mathematical Bridge. Just make sure you wrap up warm – or do what the students do, and take a thermos flask of hot chocolate, topped up with something a little stronger…