Secret Spaces in Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire is a county in the East of England, most famous for the university town of Cambridge, and is undeniably the jewel in the crown. The university itself dates to the 13th century and famous alumni include Sir Isaac Newton, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Charles Darwin and Frank Whittle. Several of the stunning university buildings are beautifully set on the banks of the River Cam.
Spend a weekend break in Cambridgeshire and you can be forgiven for thinking that the university city of Cambridge is pretty much all there is to this most English of counties.
The north of Cambridgeshire is home to the unique Fenland landscape, which was once a submerged plain. Its fertile land has been reclaimed and the result is a landscape that is so flat you’d struggle to get puffed out on the longest of walks. The county’s mile upon mile of paths, towpaths and tracks just beg to be explored. They take you through countryside that is interspersed with a maze of waterways and lush, green fields. Venture into its towns, and you will discover a myriad of small shops and fascinating museums plus delicious quaint cafes offering afternoon tea.
Local dishes originating from Cambridgeshire include College Pudding, a traditional steamed suet pudding served to students in the halls of the Cambridge colleges, and thought to be the forerunner of the Christmas pudding.
Huntingdon’s most famous dish is Fidget Pie, traditionally filled with bacon, onions and apples and served to the workers at harvest time. More than half of the British outdoor crop of celery comes from Ely, in Cambridgeshire and a favourite local dish is Celery Baked in Cream. But Ely, ‘Isle of Eels’, is probably most famous for its eels.
Cambridgeshire is a rich fertile county, exuding with Georgian architecture and mile upon mile of landscape just waiting to be explored, unless of course your prefer shopping then this also ticks the box!