After our last trip out in mid October and strict measures to control Covid over the winter, we were again able to venture out in our motorhome and travelled to Cambridge for 5 nights. Well spaced small groups of motorhomes and caravans in different areas, the site felt intimate and welcoming. With trees, lawns, flowers and a nature reserve within 5 minutes walk it was a relaxing place to stay and we walked into Cambridge every day using a footpath next to a small brook and lakes formed by old disused gravel pits.
We booked a leisurely punting trip down the River Cam and had wonderful views of the many Colleges that make up Cambridge University. The numerous bridges made a picturesque scene and our ‘punter’ was both knowledgeable and humerous. Luckily the sun was shining which gave some heat, however we were both very cold at the end of 50 minutes and looking forward to a warming, outdoor pub lunch at The Maypole. With outdoor heaters, great food and a wide selection of real ales, Chris was well chuffed and the wine was good too.
Over the next two days we met up with relatives and friends on separate days to enjoy catching up with each others lives, more good food at two different pubs and a lovely walk through Stourbridge Common alongside the river again.
Our last day was spend walking along the brook again and through a pretty park, visiting the nature reserve and generally relaxing. We will return here to see more of Cambridge itself and do more exploring.
We headed south to Wyatts Covert near Denham just north of Uxbridge. Again we had sunny weather, the site had plenty of space and was very close to a small airfield with light planes and helicopters. Obviously this contributed to a somewhat noisy environment but it wasn’t constant and we did enjoy our 4 night stay.
We did plenty of walking using routes found on the Internet. The most beautiful was along the Grand Union Canal which was very picturesque in the northerly direction down some steps by The Bear on the Bridge up to Jack’s Mill with Savay Lake to our left. After assisting with the lock gates and crossing the canal, we headed off through fields where we had our picnic before returning via the edge of Harefield and Denham Green for the last 1.5 miles uphill to the campsite.
Another day we headed south on the same canal, this stretch unfortunately was not as pretty but still enjoyable. We also came across the area where the new rail line HS2 is being commenced, passed on through to Denham Lock and up to Colne Valley Regional Park cafe for an excellent traybake slice of chocolatey heaven.
On our final day we returned to Colne Valley walking through woodland, by a river and eventually though a golf course all neatly manicured, with geese, ducks, swans and several mistle thrushes enjoying the greens and lake.
Lunch was booked at The Green Man which we can thoroughly recommend. The garden behind the pub was a suntrap and the food and service were excellent. Walking around the village afterwards we found the village green and admired an interesting mix of old houses and archicture, a pretty bridge over a stream and a flint stone village church with Norman tower.
Our time away had been a real tonic with new area of the country to explore, friends and family to see and a grand total of 63 miles walked over 9 days. Looking forward to our trip in May now.